Looking for a new place to live? The small town of Candela, Italy is looking at a unique solution to dwindling population numbers: paying potential residents to relocate there. New residents will be enticed to relocate with up to 2,000 euros (just over $2,350), according to CNN.
Nicola Gatta, the mayor of Candela, wants the small town to recover the 8,000-resident count of the ’90s, CNN reports. The current population is just over 2,700 residents.
Gatta told CNN, “I work each day with passion and commitment to bring Candela back to its ancient splendor. Up until the 1960s, travelers called it ‘Nap’licchie’ (Little Naples), for it streets full of wayfarers, tourists, merchants and screaming vendors.”
The offer works like this: They’re offering 800 euros for singles, 1,200 euros for couples, 1,500-1,800 euros for three-member families, and over 2,000 euros for families of four to five people. Stefano Bascianelli, the mayor’s right-hand man, cautions all new residents must “work and have an income,” and cannot expect to move to Candela and live off the town’s funds, as reported by CNN.
So far, six families have already moved to the town, and five more have applied, according to CNN. Candela has an extremely low crime rate, vibrant town life, and has been given a recent makeover -- and is also home to a lively food culture.
Interested in a change of scenery? Candela may be the small town for you.
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