It pays to live in small cities. Literally.
As young people flock to large metropolitan areas like San Francisco and New York, some smaller towns face dwindling populations or even shortages in certain sectors, such as tech.
To remain competitive, these cities are doling out lucrative perks to get people to move there, such as cash handouts, student loan repayments and housing incentives.
While you may not the find the hustle and bustle you'd get in larger towns, the trade-off might be worth it for a shorter commute and a lower rent. Surveys show that smaller cities have far less traffic congestion, making a trip to and from work that much faster.
The cost of living is also cheaper in smaller cities, according to an analysis of the most and least expensive cities for renters by money advice site Earnest. While Los Angelenos fork over a median rent of $2,600 a month, those in Toledo, Ohio pay just $550 per month.
If, like many millennials, you're still figuring out where you want to settle down, consider these eight cities offering a host of incentives to entice you to move there.