If you’re willing to make a move and fit the qualifications, many rural American towns — and whole states — are offering attractive incentives aimed at attracting new residents and reviving their communities. Ranging from cash grants to free lots of land, these enticing incentives are luring many city dwellers to rural America.
At the beginning of the 20th century, rural America housed more than half the country’s entire population. While the total number of Americans living in rural areas has been roughly stable over the past century—as urban and suburban America have boomed—its share of the total population has declined, falling from 54 percent in 1910 to just 19 percent in 2010. This is due in part to outmigration to urban cores, especially by younger generations and the middle class.
This decline in population — and the accompanying social and economic challenges — is forcing rural America to come up with inventive incentives to attract new residents back to rural communities.