10. Kaitangata, New Zealand
We start our list with a small town in New Zealand of only 800 residents, Kaitangata, which was in a global spotlight for a few weeks this summer after it was reported that it was paying $160,000 to people to move there. When the story about this small rural community broke in the western media, the search for the term Kaitangata, New Zealand on Wikipedia exceeded searches for Sydney and Los Angeles. However, it turned out that the town, situated on the left bank of the Clutha River, was not, after all, prepared to spend so much money to attract new inhabitants. Nevertheless, Kaitangata offers a few benefits to newcomers, the major one being home and land package worth NZ$230,000 as well as hundreds of available jobs in the town’s district. Currently, the Clutha District Council’s website states that although they appreciate the international attention they have received, they are “overwhelmed with enquiries from around the world“, which is why they ask potential home buyers to be patient while waiting for a response.