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    In the face of declining or slowing population growth, some cities have decided to get aggressive about their survival. Some cities are giving away free land, while others are literally handing out stacks of cash to folks who agree to move. If you’re in the mood for a new town, why not have the town pay to have all of your awesomeness?
    Here are the 6 cities that really, really want you to move…

    1. Detroit, Michigan

    We all know the trouble Detroit has had in recent years and it seems they’ve decided to do something about.
    For starters, the town is giving away 100 beaten-down homes that are in need of some TLC. They’ll even give you $150,000 to help with the renovations. Some of the houses are pretty cool looking, but they’ll no doubt need more than $150,000 in repairs…
    Another program in Detroit is offering college graduates a $2,500 first year allowance and a $1000 second year allowance towards the cost of renting an apartment/condo in the city. They’re also offering up to $20,000 in forgivable loans for new homebuyers who purchase a property in the city.
    In order to participate, you’ve got to work for one of the companies that have partnered with the city to offer this program. Some of those companies include Compuware, Quicken Loans, and Strategic Staffing Solutions.
    You can find all of the information on the city’s website: http://www.detroitlivedowntown.org/


    2. Lincoln, Kansas

    Anyone who’s ever driven cross country via I-70 knows that Kansas is in no shortage of open space. Kansas has had a declining population since the early 1900′s, so towns like Lincoln and Osbourne have taken to giving out free plots of land in order to entice new residents.
    Depending on the city, there are different qualifications that you need to meet. You usually need to agree to build a single-family home on the land and live there for a set amount of time (5 years or so).
    Check out all the cities that are giving away land at: http://www.kansasfreeland.com/

    3. Anywhere, Alaska


    This is probably the most famous example of a city/state giving away cash. Since 1976, Alaska has paid its residents to live there via its Permanent Fund Reserve. The payouts are funded by Alaska’s oil royalties and are divided up evenly among citizens. Over the years the payouts have varied from the smallest ($331.29 per person in 1984) to the largest ($3,269.00 per person in 2008 when a one-time $1,200 Alaska Resource Rebate was added to the dividend amount), but the average is usually around $1,250.
    In order to be eligible for the rebate, you must not claim residency in any other state or country.
    For more information check out: https://www.pfd.state.ak.us/index.aspx


    4. Saskatchewan, Canada

    In an effort to attract more college graduates, Saskatchewan is offering both Canadians and immigrants $20,000 CAD to live and work in the city for 7 years. You’ve got to be a recent graduate though (after 2006).
    The “Graduate Retention Program” use to be just a tuition-reimbursement program for natives, but was expanded in 2008 to help entice graduates from all over the world. The $20,000 bonus is paid in chunks each year when you file your taxes.
    For more information check out: http://aeei.gov.sk.ca/grp
    5. Camden, Maine



    If you’re a business owner in need of land, Camden will give you a prime 2.8 acres if you agree to create 24 new jobs in the city. The town recently spent $1 million dollars to restore the site and the land is currently valued at $175,000. You have to put up the initial cash for the deal, but the town will refund you your money once you meet all of the requirements.
    Get all the details and fill out an application at http://www.freelandinmaine.org/


    6. Curtis, Nebraska

    How’d you like a prime piece of golf course real estate for free? That’s the message currently coming out of Curtis, Nebraska.
    The towns all-grass, nine-hole Arrowhead Meadows Golf Course (apparently one of the best in the state) has 8 plots of land left and if you agree to build a house, they’ll give it you for free. All of the lots utility ready and located on paved streets.
    Claim your free land here: http://www.curtis-ne.com/amlots.php

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    Alaska link not working: Thanks for the post

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    ...Alaska is like the state that receives the most federal aid...and now I'm starting to get why that is.

    Detroit, Camden: No.

    You know what the middle of the country needs? Bodies of fresh water. Let's build a set of new great lakes. The country would look great, the land where arid from overdevelopment will become naturally fertile again.

    What? "Geological catastrophe?" That's what insurance is for. Let's go build!

    EDIT: Oh, Camden, Maine? wtf why pay people to be close to Nantucket?
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    Camden, Maine, is working fine for me, thanks though

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    You have to be from US to participate in four of them?
    What about the Canadian one?

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    Quote Originally Posted by bluphire View Post
    Alaska link not working: Thanks for the post
    it's working, but it's https and you need to add it as an exception to be able to load the page

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    ..Alaska is like the state that receives the most federal aid...and now I'm starting to get why that is.
    You know little of Alaska. You also know little of what you are talking about. They put Alaska at the top based on a per capita amount not the total amount. I saw the list of the top ten where Alaska was #3 but if you went through the entire list, the total amount was lower than any other state on the list. Combine this with the fact that the feds own 65% of the entire state that makes the total federal land larger than the state of Texas. The remoteness of these places and a coastline that is longer than the what is on the lower 48 and of course it costs more per capita. You have cities in the lower 48 with populations 5x or more than the entire population of Alaska. So don't go spreading false facts about one of the most beautiful states that we have. Hell Alaska got 1.766 billion while New York got over 44 billion so tell me how Alaska gets more federal funding.

    That permanent fund was set up when the pipeline was installed and as a result, there are no state taxes there. That fund pays for the government in that state and the overflow is given back to the residents as it should be. It is not designed to get people to move there, it is to give back to the people of Alaska a portion of the minerals that lie below the lands of the state. I was not always good either, at one time it was down to as low as $300 as it fluctuates with the investments of the money. It would be good for other states to read a few pages of their book and learn a thing or two.

    By the way OP... Alaska is not a city. Just in case you did not know.
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    I know Alaska is not a city but if you notice on all city and states it says city name and then the state. For example Detroit (city) Michigan (state) and for Alaska it says anywhere (city) Alaska (state).

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    Quote Originally Posted by strickman View Post
    By the way OP... Alaska is not a city. Just in case you did not know.
    I know Alaska is not a city but if you notice on all city and states it says city name and then the state. For example Detroit (city) Michigan (state) and for Alaska it says anywhere (city) anywhere meaning any city in Alaska (state).

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    Holy shit, my grandparents LIVE in Camden, Maine!

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    Quote Originally Posted by TNphoneman View Post
    You know little of Alaska. You also know little of what you are talking about. They put Alaska at the top based on a per capita amount not the total amount. I saw the list of the top ten where Alaska was #3 but if you went through the entire list, the total amount was lower than any other state on the list. Combine this with the fact that the feds own 65% of the entire state that makes the total federal land larger than the state of Texas. The remoteness of these places and a coastline that is longer than the what is on the lower 48 and of course it costs more per capita. You have cities in the lower 48 with populations 5x or more than the entire population of Alaska. So don't go spreading false facts about one of the most beautiful states that we have. Hell Alaska got 1.766 billion while New York got over 44 billion so tell me how Alaska gets more federal funding.

    That permanent fund was set up when the pipeline was installed and as a result, there are no state taxes there. That fund pays for the government in that state and the overflow is given back to the residents as it should be. It is not designed to get people to move there, it is to give back to the people of Alaska a portion of the minerals that lie below the lands of the state. I was not always good either, at one time it was down to as low as $300 as it fluctuates with the investments of the money. It would be good for other states to read a few pages of their book and learn a thing or two.

    By the way OP... Alaska is not a city. Just in case you did not know.
    I know even less than you think I do of Alaska. I just wish I cared to know more.

    I also don't care about $total amount given if it's near the highest in per capita received and lowest in population. If it was the highest amount, that would just make the per capita skyrocket. Either case, they get too much money, and you've confirmed that.

    It's cute that you think people have rights to the minerals under their land, because we've never seen an instance of an extraction going on without consent of the land owners, right? So being rewarded for that is pretty much a cop-out, and I stand by my statement that its a ploy to keep people there.

    So, you're Alaskan I take it? neat. If not, Alaska thanks you for your service, gallant white knight
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    Quote Originally Posted by LakeForest View Post
    ...Alaska is like the state that receives the most federal aid...and now I'm starting to get why that is.

    Detroit, Camden: No.

    You know what the middle of the country needs? Bodies of fresh water. Let's build a set of new great lakes. The country would look great, the land where arid from overdevelopment will become naturally fertile again.

    What? "Geological catastrophe?" That's what insurance is for. Let's go build!

    EDIT: Oh, Camden, Maine? wtf why pay people to be close to Nantucket?
    The middle of the country has sh*t soil anyways, no geological catastrophe. :P

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    Haha thats pretty cool but will it stay far?

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    All of those places are COLD. Why would anyone want to live there? The cash doesn't even pay for the heating bill, much less compensation for having to live in such a horrible place. And all that stuff about minerals and royalties etc... was all BS. When the government sends you a check for money you didn't earn, that's called welfare. And if an has been indoctrinated into believing that it's okay for the government to give you money that you didn't earn, then the next logical step is for the government to decide that it owns you. After all, it's been paying for you, and look how cheap you are.

    All these Socialist gimmicks are intended to subvert the truth which is that in a moblile society people are going to migrate toward one of two places. A) Where the welfare is or B) Where economic opportunities are.

    There's no welfare in Texas. No state taxes either. No depression/recesssion here either. Unlike the rest of the country, Texas has had economic growth throughout these "economic troubles".

    Maybe you all should learn to spend only what you make. Maybe you all should live within your means. Maybe you all should learn to say NO when you can't afford something. Maybe you should work and earn the money to pay for something rather than putting it on a credit card. Maybe you should pay your bills instead of crying to the government when your years of fincial irresponsiblity finally catch up to you and you've spent years & years voluntariy enslaving yourself to an economic system that you are now completely dependent upon, and it's completely BANKRUPT.

    None of this stuff is "new", none of it is positive, it's the same-old Socialist notions of central-controlled economy where someone else determines your economic future and it has nothing to do with your individual efforts or merits, but instead has everything to do with your willingness to accept any deprivation and still obey your lord and master, the Government.

    The message is exactly the same as it has always been: "Free Money from the Government. Easy Terms. Enslavement required."
    I'd rather be starving and penniless, rather than living off the fruits of another man's labors, taken forcibly from him at gunpoint, by a government elected by a well-organized majority of thieves.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Nigel Farage View Post
    The message is exactly the same as it has always been: "Free Money from the Government. Easy Terms. Enslavement required."
    I'd rather be starving and penniless, rather than living off the fruits of another man's labors, taken forcibly from him at gunpoint, by a government elected by a well-organized majority of thieves.
    "I am Andrew Ryan, and I'm here to ask you a question. Is a man not entitled to the sweat of his brow? 'No!' says the man in Washington, 'It belongs to the poor.' 'No!' says the man in the Vatican, 'It belongs to God.' 'No!' says the man in Moscow, 'It belongs to everyone.' I rejected those answers; instead, I chose something different. I chose the impossible. I chose... Rapture, a city where the artist would not fear the censor, where the scientist would not be bound by petty morality, Where the great would not be constrained by the small! And with the sweat of your brow, Rapture can become your city as well."

    Sorry if I don't sound serious but reading your reply reminded me of this quote.

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    It's cute that you think people have rights to the minerals under their land, because we've never seen an instance of an extraction going on without consent of the land owners, right? So being rewarded for that is pretty much a cop-out, and I stand by my statement that its a ploy to keep people there.

    So, you're Alaskan I take it? neat. If not, Alaska thanks you for your service, gallant white knight
    On the contrary, there are thousands of acres that people own where the mineral rights are kept by the previous owner. Case in point, I met a man once that made millions off of this very thing. He owned land that he sold and kept the mineral rights to. They discovered natural gas and guess who got paid for the gas? Hint, it was not the land owner.

    Not just pertaining to Alaska but you also need to learn about logistics. It just plain costs more to do the same things in Alaska VS the lower 48 with the exception of maybe Vermont and the District of Columbia, which by the way both get more per capita than Alaska. Why does Vermont get nearly $300 more per capita and DC nearly 2k more per capita? I think that it is pretty efficient when working with a land mass 2x the size of the state of Texas that is mostly only accessible by boat or plane.

    And all that stuff about minerals and royalties etc... was all BS. When the government sends you a check for money you didn't earn, that's called welfare. And if an has been indoctrinated into believing that it's okay for the government to give you money that you didn't earn, then the next logical step is for the government to decide that it owns you. After all, it's been paying for you, and look how cheap you are.
    So are you saying that the minerals that are located on or under state land does not belong to the residents of that state? If that is the case, then the minerals under your land, if found, you should not get money for because you did not do the work to get it out of the ground?

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    I was hoping for some crazy Russian Siberian city that would just pay you money to physically be in that location

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