International insurance provider William Russell has assembled a list of countries and US cities that will give you a tidy cash bonus for remote workers to relocate there.
This has left some cities, dubbed ‘zoom towns’, facing dwindling populations and shrinking economies. Here are the zoom towns and cities that are trying to attract new residents through cash and other incentives.
Tulsa, Oklahoma: US$10,000 for remote workers to move there; free desk space
Bemidji, Minnesota: US$2,500 to relocate; free coworking space
Vermont: US$10,000 over two years to relocate there
Topeka, Kansas: $15,000 for on-site employees relocating there; or US$5,000 for remote workers
Remember Italy's €1 homes? Several towns across Europe are struggling for survival as people leave their ancestral home towns for the Big Smoke, with many homes in desperate need of TLC as a result.
Here’s a list of cities around the world that are trying to tempt new residents:
Spain: Ponga, Asturias: families get €3,000 to settle in and another €3,000 for each baby born there
Spain: Rubiá: The township will top up your monthly income with €100-150
Albinen, Switzerland: You’ll get US$25,200 to move to the remote village, plus an extra US$10,000 for children – BUT you’ll need to commit to living there for 10 years, and either marry a Swiss person, live there for 12 years in total (or 5 years with a type B permit) or become a citizen before the decade is up.
Candela, Italy: Singles are eligible for €800, couples can get €1,200, and families can get as much as €2,000 for moving here so long as you apply for formal residency there.
Santo Stefano di Sessanio, Italy: €44,000 is up for grabs for new residents between 18-40 with an Italian residency card – but you'll have to open a business and stay for at least five years.