Real talk, you average American, this might be the year you make a big move. For one, your commute is too long, and you’re fresh out of murder-mystery podcasts to get you through it. Your job sucks, and you’re tired of slinging your business card across standing tables at happy hours to try and find a new one. Your rent is too high, and yet it makes your student loan payments look like beer-and-burgers money.
Then there’s that gnawing sensation at the back of your mind: Somewhere, out there in America, a different version of you is saving more money (maybe even buying a place!), seeing more of the country, and having way more fun doing it.
Everyone daydreams about moving -- but crazy thing, the Census finds that record-low numbers of people are actually moving these days, held in place no doubt by an inertia that includes the words “it’s too expensive.” You can shop cool small cities or cities where you can buy a home on a reasonable salary. But nothing beats these cities and states that are ponying up to get you to pack up the hatchback and scoot on over -- especially if you want to buy your first home. We’ve dug up the best housing incentives, business investments, loan reimbursements, and so on to find the places where you’ll be on your way to new adventures you can actually afford.