If you’ve checked out the digital nomad lifestyle online, you may imagine that young remote workers are escaping to Europe, or constantly hanging out in on the beach in Bali. But perhaps US$10,000 might convince them to settle down for a bit in an unlikely spot: Tulsa, Oklahoma.

As part of its aim of building a community of remote workers, Tulsa has announced a new homeownership initiative that will offer selected workers $10,000 towards the purchase of a home. The Oklahoma city is also offering those who move there social and networking opportunities, group activities, connections to local volunteering, civic engagement opportunities and more. The Tulsa Remote program previously offered $10,000 grants that provided $2500 towards relocation costs, then a $500 per month stipend and $1500 at the end of the 12-month program. Now, the money is available up front for those who want to put the money towards a home. 

To be eligible for the program, individuals must be a permanent resident of the US and currently living outside Oklahoma. They must show consistent income, have the ability to work remotely and commit to moving to and living in Tulsa for at least one year. They will be offered space at a co-working community, whch will allow them to collaborate with other local entrepreneurs, remote workers and digital nomads.

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Tulsa is encouraging remote workers to move there ©Courtesy George Kaiser Family Foundation

Tulsa is home to scores of energy companies, and it has a richly detailed art deco downtown. It has a clutch of Route 66 sights and businesses, plus a lively music scene. The initiative is being organised by Tulsa Remote, a program developed by the George Kaiser Family Foundation, and the city and various community organizations are lending their support to ensure program members are fully immersed and engaged in the community.

Tulsa has a median home price of $157,000 and those who choose to purchase one may be eligible to receive $10,000 towards the purchase. The program also offers virtual and in-person visits for members to get acquainted with neighborhoods, amenities and locations that will fit their lifestyle, including a $500 travel reimbursement. Airbnb is also partnering with Tulsa Remote to help members “try before they buy,” with a $150 Airbnb coupon for a stay in the Tulsa neighborhood of their choice. Applications and more information on Tulsa Remote can be found here.

Wondering what may draw people to Tulsa? The city has a high quality of life and a comparatively low cost of living, according to Mayor G.T. Bynum. It’s also centrally-located in the country, is ranked as one of the most affordable cities to live in, and will keep locals busy with new museums, bars and restaurants.

Tulsa Remote launched in November 2018 and has been renewed every year since. You can read about a previous applicant's experience here, or find out more about the program and requirements at TulsaRemote.com.

This article was first published on November 15, 2018 and last updated on February 24, 2021.

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This article was first published November 2018 and updated February 2021

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