I know what you're thinking, who in their right mind would want to leave Montana?

You're right, only the people NOT in their right mind would want to move away from everything we have to offer.

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That or someone who sees other job opportunities that they aren't afforded here and get incentivized by the cash pay outs that these 14 states are offering.

We're not talking a couple hundred dollars either, we're talking thousands of dollars to pick up and move.

The website Debt Hammer has the list of 14 states that have monetary incentives of some sort to relocate.

A handshake with one hand offering cash as a bribe

Let's take a look at some of the more lucrative offers out there.


The Choose Topeka program offers a $15,000 grant to workers who get a job with a Shawnee County employer. Remote workers can get up to $10,000 for homebuyers and $5,000 for renters.


Maine’s state legislature has approved the Maine Smart Buy Program, which is offering to forgive up to $40,000 in student debt for qualified home buyers who agree to live in the home for five years.

Participants must have a minimum credit score of 640, and they must purchase a home with a value between $86,600 and $131,300.


New Haven, CT is the home of Yale University and is close enough to New York City for a day trip, which makes it a bit unique among the states that will pay you to move there. It also offers an attractive package with up to $80,000 in incentives for new homeowners.

The package includes $10,000 in interest-free loans to cover down payments or closing costs and $30,000 for energy-saving home upgrades. Families with children can qualify for up to $40,000 in in-state college tuition breaks if their kids attend a New Haven public school.

Debt Hammer goes on to also mention West Virginia, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Vermont, Alabama, Iowa, Tennessee, Ohio along with Minnesota.

There is one other state on the list that most Montana residents would feel most at home at and that is Alaska.

If you were to move to Alaska and live there for at least a year you would qualify for their Permanent Fund Dividend. This is a program that sees the state pay their residents just to live there. In 2022 the payment was $2,560 and looks like it'll keep going up each year.

So, I guess if you have to leave Montana, you might as take the money and run.

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