Tulsa, OK and Other Cities that Will Pay You to Move There

by Ben SanfordDecember 4, 2018

Getting Paid to Work Remotely From a City (Nowhere) Near You

There are many people who truly enjoy relocating, just for the sake of moving someplace new. Many of us also get excited an opportunity that asks us to move to a new city: career opportunity, a romantic opportunity, or a recreational one. But even with all these great reasons to enjoy relocating, few of us love the actual process of packing up and moving itself.

There are a handful of things that can ease the pain of moving, chief among them being getting your hands on the money needed to pay someone else to do most or all of the chores of moving on your behalf.

Adding a monetary incentive to the opportunity that is motivating the move can make the act of moving that much easier.

It may interest you to know that there are currently several places in the U.S. that are doing just that: providing people with real monetary incentives to pull up stakes, pack up their belongings, and relocate. In this post, we’ll take a look at three new programs that incentivize moving and working remotely in states that you might never have otherwise considered when looking at new locations to call home.

Tulsa, Oklahoma

Tulsa Remote, a new program sponsored by the George Kaiser Family Foundation, strives to lure remote workers (particularly ones who work in the tech sector) to Oklahoma’s second largest city. The program offers relocation assistance, a housing stipend, free shared office space, and other incentives that total a whopping ten-thousand dollars the bulk of which you get at the end of your first year in town) to get you to move to Tulsa.

There is a selection process that you’d have to submit yourself to, but they promise that it’s “more like a first date” than a job interview. They even put together networking and social events for you once you’ve made the plunge and moved to Tulsa. You have to be at least eighteen and self-employed or working remotely for an employer outside Tulsa County.


Vermont, a state with a small and aging population, is trying to attract younger, remote workers with a state-backed program of their own. If you are willing to relocate to the Green Mountain State, Vermont will pay you five-thousand dollars a year for the first two years that you live there.

The state is banking on remote workers bringing dollars into the state and falling in love with Vermont’s communities and scenic beauty, putting down roots, and contributing to the growth of the state’s economy over time.

via Career Tipster

Maine and Elsewhere

The great state of Maine is also trying to combat its troubling demographics (older median age than the rest of the country and projected labor shortages in coming years) by offering incentives to younger workers to relocate. And, with the Maine program, which offers state tax credits for student loan repayment, you don’t have to be a remote worker to benefit.

What’s more, these three programs are only the three latest to roll out the red carpet and shower it in cash. Back in March of 2018, we reported on multiple “paid to move” schemes put forth by various cities, counties, and states throughout the U.S., trying to attract workers (remote and otherwise). You could get paid to move to Alaska, Iowa, and several states on the East Coast.

Getting Paid to Relocate

Many of these programs are specifically trying to attract skilled workers or those drawing paychecks from businesses located elsewhere. The economics of it make sense for everyone involved. But, there are some programs that are just designed to try to turn around the shrinking of populations in what used to be agrarian communities throughout the country. Either way, getting paid to move is one way to sweeten the prospect of getting into a moving vehicle and relocating.

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About The Author
Ben Sanford
Ben is a real estate agent and freelance writer. He's lived on the east coast his entire life and is just as "at home" on a snowboard as he is in the office. When not writing about local real estate markets and researching hot new tips for homeowners, he can be found working on his home renovation projects with help from his wife Melissa and their kids, Josh and Cheyenne.

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