Mississippi City Will Pay You To Move There

How about a move to a charming place that will pay you $6,000 to relocate and move there for a year?

The historic city of Natchez—known for its rich sunsets, vibrant festivals, meandering bike paths, and antebellum homes—is offering remote workers $2,500 in moving expenses and $300 a month for a year to help people up sticks and move to town.

When we say it’s a historic place, we mean it. According to Lonely Planet, this is “one of the oldest continuous settlements on the Mississippi River, besting New Orleans, its bigger, flashier neighbor, by two years.”In good news: The cost of living in the city, home to 15,000, is lower than the national average, and the median home is $96,056 according to Zillow.

The first and only city in the Deep South to offer such a program, the initiative is called Shift South and there are 30 slots available. Those who want to apply will need to be employed remotely in the US. They’ll need to establish primary residency in Natchez, buy a home there worth $150,000 or more, and own and live in it for one year.

“The pandemic has really been a wake-up call to what people have been feeling for a long time,” local mayor Dan Gibson told CNN. “They’re tired of the big cities, the high cost of living and the long commutes. With this offer, you can live in a beautiful, historic small town where everything is convenient and affordable.”

Remote workers who’d like to apply to the Shift South incentive program can read here.