Odds are, if you’ve been looking into rent-to-own options, you’re after a deal because not much else is affordable right now. Let me clue you in on one of the best kept secrets! Have you ever heard of being paid to move somewhere? Many states across the country are having much success attracting and retaining residents thanks to great benefits and incentives for residents to move to these locations.

Today, we’ll look at what the state of West Virginia has to offer to new incoming residents, specifically the area of Morgantown.

Situated just a short drive from the southwestern Pennsylvania border and along the Monongahela River sits the lively city of Morgantown. Home to West Virginia University, it’s a unique mix of young professionals and old traditions that create a comfortable hometown country feel.

Morgantown consistently comes in under the national average regarding the cost of living. The average home price is only $280,000, which is 10% lower than the national average. In addition, the median household income rings in at just under $50,000. Utility prices are also 12% lower than the national average, and transportation/gas, and grocery prices are 2% lower.

Coupled with a realistic cost of living, Morgantown has some of the most beautiful state parks at its doorstep including Coopers Rock State Forest, Valley Falls State Park, and Blackwater Falls State Park just to name a few. It’s no wonder West Virginia continues to captivate the hearts of many looking for a well-balanced life, including that of a successful businessman who wanted to create an incredible opportunity for you!

After reaching great heights of success in business as the former Chief Executive Officer of Intuit, Brad D. Smith and his wife Alys, had always felt the pull to move back to their home state of West Virginia. They began a new business venture to transform the remote work industry with the mission of sharing the beauty of West Virginia with others from around the country. So, with that, Ascend West Virginia was born.

This sounds cool, but isn’t there a catch? Surprisingly, not really! If you currently work remote, Ascend West Virginia wants to offer you a sweet deal if you’re willing to relocate!

Eligibility requirements:

  • 18+ years old and U.S. citizen
  • Cannot be a current West Virginia resident
  • Can work remotely full-time with a company not located in West Virginia

Now for what we all want to know, what are these great benefits?

$12,000 Cash

Over the course of the first year, you will receive $10,000 just for moving to West Virginia! In your second year, you will receive an additional $2,000. This money can be used for anything with no restrictions, including rent-to-own payments.

Free Outdoor Recreation

For your whole first year, you will be able to explore to your hearts content for free. They will provide you, your family and your friends with free gear rentals so that you can go whitewater rafting, canoeing, skiing, climbing etc. One of Ascend West Virginia’s goals is to nurture a love for the outdoors that will create a happy and well-balanced active life for you.

Free Coworking Space

Being that this offer is aimed at those working remotely from home, they wanted to create an opportunity for you to get out of the house and could work in a space where you can gain new perspective and network with other entrepreneurs. They have created a coworking space to meet all your needs when you crave a little time away from your kitchen table desk.

Professional Development and Entrepreneurial Assistance

In addition to creating a coworking space, they provide a variety of professional and entrepreneurial programs to make sure you can continue to grow in your professional career and aspiring business.

Social Programming

On theme with wanting to help you create a well-balanced life, Ascend West Virginia wants to help you get socially acclimated as well. Moving to a brand-new place can sometimes be overwhelming, but they can point you to events where you can make connections and find your new circle in no time!


Ascend West Virginia creates an ideal situation for those wanting to relocate and create a new life. The monetary assistance is unmatched and it’s a great opportunity for those wanting to become a homeowner in an amazing mountain town. So, what are you waiting for?

Additional Resources

Other State Incentives
Ascend West Virginia Website
Morgantown Welcome Video