Topeka Will Give You Up to $15,000 Literally for Moving There

This is not a joke.

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If the capital of Kansas isn’t on your radar, will $15,000 change your mind? The state has a new “Choose Topeka” pilot program that will match an employer’s relocation fees of up to $15,000 for professionals moving to the Midwestern city. Renters can get $10,000, while homeowners are eligible for $15,000 via the initiative.

GO Topeka’s Vice President of Business Retention and Talent Initiatives, Barbara Stapleton, explains that “Choose Topeka was created with the intention of investing in employees to live and work in Topeka & Shawnee County, so that we may foster an ‘intentional community,’ one of community support builders.”

Stapleton’s organization is reportedly working with the Greater Topeka Partnership and the Joint Economic Development Organization to hopefully ensure 40 to 60 families head to Topeka through the program.

Interested in packing your bags? Keep in mind that this initiative isn’t for those who may change their minds after a month or two. You will only receive the funds after living and working in Topeka for a year.

It’s no secret that many young professionals aspire to live in big cities like New York or L.A., but perhaps it’s time to consider Topeka, in addition to other affordable underrated cities like Richmond, Virginia or Bowling Green, Kentucky. Even though they’re not as “glamorous,” that might not matter as much once you notice how much money you’re saving.

$15,000 dollars is a lot of money. You could buy a new car, renovate part of your home or buy 15,000 copies of Season 1 of Weeds on Amazon:

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Isis Briones

Isis Briones is a freelance writer who covers everything from travel to video games, fashion and everything in between. From Manhattan to Muramvya, Burundi, she's also lived all over the world. There's actually no telling where she could end up next, but she's always ready with a carry-on packed for whatever adventure comes her way.

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