“Our population has shrunk from 7,000 residents in the early 1900s to barely 1,500 as people left looking for a job at Turin’s big factories,” Locana Mayor Giovanni Bruno Mattiet told CNN in an interview. “Our school each year faces the risk of shutting down due to few pupils. I can’t allow this to happen.”
In order to score the $10,000, which will be paid out over three years, you do have to meet the minimum annual salary requirement of $6,800 and have at least one kid. Beyond that, you just have to live there. Unlike the other towns that are offering dirt-cheap $1 homes for sale to bring in young blood, you aren’t on the hook to renovate your property.
“We’re looking to draw mostly young people and professionals who work remotely or are willing to start an activity here,” Mattiet said. “There are dozens of closed shops, bars, restaurants, and boutiques just waiting for new people to run them.”
So, if 2019 feels like the right time to up and leave the States for a picturesque Alpine village, you can reach out to the town directly for more info. Even if the money isn’t enough to pique your interest, maybe the food will.