If we define off-grid living as living without relying on public utilities, then what are the best states for this kind of lifestyle? As this video by Live Life DIY discusses, there nine states for off-grid living that stand out above the rest.
Below you’ll find a brief summary of what’s in the video. Here are the states he recommends:
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If you want to live in the northern part of the country, Montana, Maine, and Vermont are arguably the best options. Each of these three states comes packed with natural resources.
Montana allows you to do essentially whatever you want with very few restrictions, even though it does have a slightly higher cost of living. Maine and Vermont have short growing seasons, but are inland and away from the expensive areas on the coast.
If you want to live in the Northwest, Washington and Oregon are good so long as you stick to the eastern side of the Cascades. These are both progressive states with high regulations and strict building codes.
However, the eastern regions are far more conservative. They come packed with natural resources as well, and the codes and laws are less strict there. You could also give Idaho a shot too, which is far more conservative.
If you want to live in the middle of the country, Tennessee and Missouri are some of the best options. They are very friendly to off-grid living, have low taxes, low regulations, and lots of natural resources. Their two biggest risks are tornadoes and flooding, so be prepared for that.
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In the south, the two best options are Arizona and Texas. They offer plenty of sunshine for solar living, offer a lower cost of living, and likewise have fewer taxes and regulations.
Remember that you shouldn’t just take the states into account, but also the land. Look for areas that are disconnected from public utilities, that offer good agricultural land for growing crops, that have a natural source of water, and that are hidden from public view or passing cars with trees.
As I said, this post is just a brief summary. Watch the video by Live Life DIY below to learn more and determine which state is best for you.