Would You Move To Tulsa For $10,000?
Calling all remote workers! Tulsa, Oklahoma wants you to move to their city… And they’ll pay you $10,000 to do it.
Yes, you read that correctly.
The state’s second largest city is hoping a little incentive will attract more workers to relocate and call Tulsa home. According to the program’s website, Tulsa Remote, this initiative was created “to enhance Tulsa's talented and successful workforce community by bringing diverse, bright and driven individuals to the city for community building, collaboration and networking.”
On top of the cash, they’ll also set you up with a desk at a local co-working space and offer you free housing stipend should you choose to live in the Tulsa Art District; they’ll even cover your first three months of utilities.
The eligibility requirements are pretty simple, too:
Must be 18+ years old
Must be eligible to work in the United States
Must be able to move to Tulsa within 6 months (and commit to living there for at least one year)
Must have full-time remote employment, or be self-employed outside of Tulsa county
Easy, peasy. If you checked off all of the above, the next step is to start the application process that the website describes as more of a “first date” than an interview process. And after reviewing the application, I can say that it is pretty straightforward. Questions are geared to gather information on what you do for a living and the likelihood of you deciding to stay in Tulsa beyond one year should you enjoy living there.
According to the application, they’re searching “for folks who have an existing stable income” and want you to be able to prove it. So this opportunity is definitely more suited for seasoned remote self-employed workers or people with full-time remote jobs. They also ask for information like field of work, education, social media accounts and your business website.
Now the real question is: Why would you want to move to Oklahoma - right?
I love living in Los Angeles and truthfully can’t imagine living anywhere else but there are two things that are a constant downside to living here (as with most popular cities): the cost of living and the traffic. According to Tulsa Remote, the city’s cost of living is 38% lower than renting in Los Angeles and if you’re looking to buy, the average home costs $157,200 (43% below the national average - whoa!). They also boast that congestion is “far less” than cities like Austin, Dallas and Atlanta with parking being “plentiful (and widely free!)”.