4 Places That Will Actually Pay You to Live There

Some small towns, cities and even states offer financial incentives to get people to call them home.

You've probably heard that Alaskans receive a lump of cash every year just for living in Alaska. Financed by mineral royalties, the payout from the state's Permanent Fund was $1,884 for 2014. To be eligible individuals had to have been residents during the entire previous calendar year and intend to remain residents indefinitely. But Alaska doesn't have a monopoly on dangling financial carrots that get people to put down roots.

We found small towns, a big city and a large chunk of an entire state that offer incentives ranging from free lots and housing allowances to tax rebates and student-loan reimbursements to entice people to live in their communities. So if you’re thinking about moving, you might want to consider relocating to a place that wants you enough to pay you to live there. Here are four options:

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Cameron Huddleston
Former Online Editor, Kiplinger.com

Award-winning journalist, speaker, family finance expert, and author of Mom and Dad, We Need to Talk.

Cameron Huddleston wrote the daily "Kip Tips" column for Kiplinger.com. She joined Kiplinger in 2001 after graduating from American University with an MA in economic journalism.