Ten US towns that will pay you to live there
“First we lived on farms, then we lived in cities and now we're going to live on the internet.” This bold and visionary claim was made by the character of Sean Parker in the film, “The Social Network.”
The film's claim has become eerily true, with more and more Americans ditching the countryside and small town life for big, booming metropolitan areas serving as the nerve center for tech hubs.
Zillow recently reported that in 1910, 54 percent of Americans lived in rural areas. By 2010, that number dropped down to just 19 percent.
In an effort to lure Americans back to the their roots, several U.S. cities devised unique incentive programs rewarding those who choose to get off the internet, get out of the city and get back to the farm, so to speak.
Future residents of these cities can receive assistance with cash grants for new homes or fixer-uppers, be eligible for student loan debt forgiveness and even acres of free land - not bad, as far as housewarming gifts go.
With the cost of living rapidly rising year after year, moving to a city that essentially pays you to live there is worth consideration. Click through the gallery above for ten places you may want to call home.