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A city in Oklahoma offered $ 10 for moving there: Californians massively agree

Under the Tulsa Remote program, launched by the George Kaiser Family Foundation, remote workers can receive $ 10 to relocate to Tulsa, Oklahoma. And a large number of applicants come from California, namely the San Francisco Bay Area. Writes about it SFGate.

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“Over the past two weeks alone, over a thousand applications have been submitted. More than half of the candidates are from California, many from the Bay Area, ”said Grant Bumgarner, program manager.

Even before the pandemic, the population in Oklahoma was declining, mainly due to the downturn in the energy sector. “The last few years have been the slowest population growth since the late 1980s and early 1990s,” explained Chad Wilkerson of the Kansas City Fed in Oklahoma City.

Tulsa Remote is designed to populate a small city on the map and give it a boost of energy and variety. The significant shift to telecommuting following the COVID-19 pandemic has led to an unprecedented surge in interest in the program from digital nomads.

“Tulsa Remote is back in 2020 and we're looking for another 250 remote workers,” the program says.

The foundation says it wants to make Tulsa more diverse, but not everyone can apply. Applicants must be remote or self-employed workers.

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In addition to $ 10 in cash, the program offers a free workplace at a coworking space in Tulsa that "provides a place to do work and collaborate with other local entrepreneurs, remote workers and digital nomads."

Cash is issued during the first year of stay in the city. Some amount is paid upfront to help with relocation costs and then a monthly living stipend is paid.

If selected, applicants must strictly remain within the city of Tulsa. “Those selected to participate in the program must reside within the city of Tulsa. It does not include the adjacent areas of Bixby, Broken Air, Sand Springs, Sapulpa and Jenks, ”the rules say.

The definition that “Tulsa has a good cost of living and probably cheaper housing than where you currently live” is true for those applying from the Bay Area. Despite recent rent declines, the current rate for a two-bedroom apartment in San Francisco is still just $ 4000 per month, while in Tulsa it is around $ 800.

Bay Area resident Jalisa Garland, who was selected to participate in the program, said she was thrilled about the move. Lately, she struggled to make ends meet in San Francisco: “It's too difficult to stay afloat and really live here. And now, considering what is happening around, it becomes even more difficult, ”she summed up.

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