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You can live off the grid just about anywhere, but some locales are more suited for a self-reliant lifestyle than others.
There are many “best places to live off grid” lists floating around on the internet, but the majority of them focus on just one key aspect of setting up an off-grid homestead: weather. Yes, weather and climate are very important if you plan to use alternative energy to power an off-grid homestead or survival retreat. But only considering how much the sun shines or the wind blows is a recipe for an epic off-grid living fail.
For example, Hawaii tops many lists based upon weather alone. If you are going solar on your off-grid homestead, Hawaii might seem like the perfect choice. But it only takes a slightly closer look at the state to grasp how many negatives living in the state will bring.
In addition to an abundance of year-round sunshine, Hawaii also has a high cost of living, well above average land prices, high population density in most areas because of tourists, and it is under a frequent threat of destructive natural disasters.
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Each of the locations in my list of best states to live off the grid are blessed in the following essential categories:
• Land Prices – The cheaper the land, the more you can purchase – or the more money you can save to fund a house or barn building project and/or purchase necessary equipment.
• Off Grid Friendly Laws – All the sunshine in the world won’t help you live off grid if state laws are too strict. There could stringent building codes and required building materials, regulations against disconnecting from the electrical grid and sewage system, or penalties for refusing to connect to those systems when constructing a new home. Typically, you will find far fewer regulations when purchasing property in a rural area.
• Property Taxes – The cost of annual property taxes can greatly impact not only how much land you can buy, but if living on the land long term will be affordable, especially if you have to build a home or make other improvements.
• Weather and Climate – For an off the grid homestead to be successful and sustainable, you will need adequate growing seasons.
• Crime Rate – Protecting your investment will be far easier if you live in a low-crime area as well as a place that readily permits you to protect the land yourself if need be.
• Population Density – Important if your homestead is also going to function as a survival retreat or bugout location.
• Land Quality – Agricultural grade land and natural resources, especially the ready availability of water year round, is necessary. Desert and clear-cut land is exceptionally cheap for good reason…the vast reduction or complete absence of vital natural resources.
• Low percentage of Natural Disasters – A state with a high percentage or likely chance of hurricanes, tornadoes, flooding, tsunami, drought, or even volcanic eruption, are not prime locations for an off-grid homestead, even if land prices and property taxes are low.
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• Cost of living – Being an off-grid homesteader means you will provide the bulk of what you need yourself, but there almost certainly will be things that have to be purchased, especially during the first several years. The state’s cost of living is important to consider so you can avoid busting your budget long before the first harvest.
• Like-minded or Self-Reliant Neighbors – When living amongst your own, or at least in an agricultural community, you will not only make new friends and contacts, you will likely be able to barter goods and services and garner useful knowledge and skills.
Some states strictly prohibit off-grid living via laws that do not permit residents to live on a piece of property not connected to the electrical grid or sanitary sewage and water system – or both. These types of law can vary not only state-by-state but within local jurisdictions in a state.
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Zoning and state laws are agreeable to off-grid living. In non-tourist and remote areas of the state, the land is inexpensive and the population density and crime rate are low.
Natural resources such as timber, water, and rock are typically in great abundance. The growing season is short compared to some midwestern and southern states, but crop production could be increased via greenhouse and indoor growing.
The affordability of land in remote regions of the state is just one great reason to choose Texas for your off-grid homestead. The state boasts a long growing season in most regions, with ample timber and rock to use as building materials.
Avoid purchasing land in desert areas or you will likely struggle with water availability and experience a decrease in hunting and fishing opportunities.
If you do not mind the cold, Montana can be a perfect location for off the grid living. The land is affordable, population density is definitely not an issue, and state laws are agreeable with the self-reliant lifestyle. The cost of living and crime rate for the state are also favorable.
The growing season is not as long as many of the other best off-grid living states, but it possesses prime grasslands and prairies for raising livestock. Building a greenhouse to expand the growing season is highly recommended. The windy nature of the states should make it ideal for using wind turbines as an alternative power source.
Except for the grasslands region of the state, you should be able to find enough standing timber on the property for structure building, furniture making, and firewood.
For some baffling reason, the Buckeye State is often completely omitted from “best off the grid living” lists. The southern part of the state boasts incredibly low land prices, low property taxes, low crime rates, an incredibly low cost of living, and an abundance of natural resources
Some counties do not even have a permit office (outside of septic tank laws governed by the local health department) or any zoning laws at all. The growing season ranges from late May through the end of October for most crops.
Property taxes are incredibly low in Tennessee. The cost of living in rural regions is decidedly budget-friendly. Hunting and fishing opportunities abound and natural resources are plentiful.
A sufficient growing season (about 260 days a year) exists in all regions of the state and the temperatures are generally mild year round. The state has some of the least-stringent raw milk herd-sharing and rainwater collection laws in the country.
The climate is mild and trees not quite so scarce in the northern regions of the state. Land prices in the same region are affordable, but water availability is still likely going to be an issue.
Drilling a well, buying property with a natural spring that can be dug into a sustainable pond, or hauling water to your property will be necessary. The growing season is long and their should be ample sunshine year around to power a solar energy system.
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Vermont is another great state to live off the grid. Land is plentiful and affordable. Water is available and not hard to come by as well as timber and rock for building. Resources are available and zoning is open to living off the grid in most counties.
Again, stay away from the larger cities and towns to find counties which are more open to living off the grid.
Not only is off-grid living completely legal without a bunch of hurdles to jump through, the State of Missouri actually encourages the self-reliant lifestyle. Residents can collect rainwater without interference, and septic systems are not required to be present at homes within the state.
Natural resources for building a home and other structures are readily available on most plots of land in Missouri. The land in the state, by-and-large, is equally good for both ranching and farming.
The Cascade Mountain region and the western area of the state offer quality and readily available natural resources. Plenty of hunting and fishing is available in the region. Property prices and taxes are affordable to low. Quality timber exists on many parcels of land in the Cascade Mountain region, as well.
The state appears to be welcoming to people who want to live off the grid. Two of the largest off-grid communities in the state are in the Three Rivers Recreation Area–which operates solar energy and water supply shared systems–and Breitenbush Hot Springs, which is now rapidly becoming a tourist attraction.
10. North Carolina
The non-coastal regions of the state boast quality land at an affordable price. A preparedness and homesteading community of significant size is growing in the Saluda and Black Mountain area. Each year, Prepper Camp, which is a 3-day hands-on homesteading and survival experience, takes place in September.
Regardless of where you choose to establish an off-the-grid homestead, do your homework and visit (at least once) the area so you truly get a feel for the overall environment – both governmental and natural.
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Timothy Papantony says
Confusion in the 8.Missouri part…you typoed Montana there. Great summary of possibilities, thanks!!!
Yep I caught that too!
oops! Thanks for the pointing that out. Article has been updated.
Tedd Smith says
Can you tell me how Illinois ranks in regard to oelectric and plumbing codes?
Anthony Kilman says
Sucks, I’m living off grid private lifestyle, government officials truspassed my land, and ae demanding to know what happis to human manure, outhouse is ileagal. Thing is they said my neibors complained, but I don’t think they did. I think they are fishing. They knew my name, they when to my crediter, got my name, and said they would contact my crediter if I did not comply. I am buying contract for deed and they will probably throw me out soon. I came out here to be left alone, no escape tyranny from this comminest state.
Ashley Rowell says
What state are you in so I don’t come there
vance peck says
yeah id like to know as well. my dream is to travel and off crid live somewhere.
Looking at land 4sale .
Can’t tell by the listing unless they come right out with camper or cabin!
Is there another way to tell??
What state? There is no code at all where I am. You can do anything as long as you own the land. Tax value of 40 acres is about $10,000…
What state are you in
Living off the grid in the Alaska bush. 250 miles from the closest road.
The closest village is 60 miles down river. Only by boat, snowmachine and bush plane. Love it and do not ever plan to leave.
It is very hard, and a labor of love.
Funny you put Maine on the list, I live here. Several things to note. Land is cheap, and the further North you go (towards Canada) usually the cheaper it gets especially the further away from any towns. More than likely it will be a heavily treed area which is good and bad. If you are lucky you can get an area that is in tree growth which will keep you taxes down but allows about 1 acre of it for you to build/clear. The other plus is many areas have water close to the surface. The building of a “camp” versus home will keep the taxes lower. Camp has no permanent foundation. If you decide to buy, check the taxes, some areas are low and others can get high. The real negatives are that Spring brings lots of bugs most the biting kind. Winter weather can start end of Oct. and may still see snow in April. Many months during the winter the temp is in the negative degrees which may go on for several months. The cold is something you want to pay attention too if you plan to have outdoor animals. The older you get the cold will make you want to go to Florida for the winter as many do. The biggest natural disaster here would be forest fire which are far between. Maine has four wheeler/ snowmobile trails that go from one end of the state to the other so you will want to get both and own a good all wheel drive if you want to live in the boonies. You will need that heated greenhouse for year round items but folks grow corn and potatoes and most everything else.
Thanks for the helpful information im thinking about moving to Maine
You might want to think of moving to a warmer state. I lived in Maine for 23 years and let me tell you the winters are really tough and the last place to see Spring in the U.S. Then when it finally gets warmer, the black flies and mosquitoes are vicious. Even the month of June is usually cool and damp, some days only in the 50’s for highs. Basically, there are 4 good months out of the year. You might consider Tennessee or North Carolina, where land is still affordable and where the growing season is much longer. In those states, the hot weather doesn’t last too long either, especially in the uplands. So, you get 8 months of terrific weather each year.
You spoke of property taxes if you own your property clear there is such a thing as not having to pay those taxes contact me privately
JANE CERNEK says
I would like to know about this Rob, how do I contact you privately?
I have been researching for years on the topic of being off the grid and buying the ideal
piece of land. Your article is by far the most knowledgeable and comprehensive I’ve come across so far. I’m interested in your advice about the land taxes. Please contact me I’d really like to know more about this before buying. Thank you.
Is that in all states?
I would also like to know in Ky I pay every year and have owned my land free and clear for over 20 years
Mike c says
How is Kentucky living I am thinking of coming there
Will be buying land in the next year. Did not see Arkansas on the list. Do you know anything a out it? And thanks for your article , there is much to consider.
In my research I found that Arkansas is not off grid friendly. They have strict rules about septic systems. You can’t even live on the land until your house is built and hooked up. I’m looking in the Ozarks and I jumped the border into Missouri, very Homestead friendly.
Will @ Karina says
My wife and i are looking at Arkansas and Missouri, we appriciate your feedback where were you in Arkansas before you left and where about in Missouri / Ozarks did you select, what is the nearest city/town to you.. and how are you doing since you moved?
thanks for the feedback..
m sett says
we lived in ARKANSAS FOR A FEW YEARS, HOT SPRINGS AND AROUND FAYETTEVILLE. Beautiful state, western side of mountains and creeks , rivers , caves, eastern side is flat , delta area. loved hot springs , touristy , old big elegant hotels with hot springs shops etc ..state park in town, fayetteville is a college town and bustling with all of what a big city has , but is a medium city in population ,down the road is Bentonville , walmart hdqtrs, and other corporate firms , the wealthy. honest .. it rains alot ,it gets super hot 100 and above in summer, it rains alot…land is cheap in rural areas , did i mention it rains alot. in the path of fearsome storms from the gulf and the stream out of the plains, parts are in tornadoe alley from Oklahoma.. and a socially poor state, lack of funding for people and education and health, over all , pretty state and poor in many areas, rural hidden towns and mountain villages. Little Rock is historic and a big city , old fort site, and major hub for distributaion of crops, rice , beans , cotton , etc . flat with some rolling hills stretching out to the delta and the Mississippi
m sett says
If you like lots of rain , thunder storms, FLOODING and lightning ,100 degree days in summer , snakes , and a poor economy , low wages. go for it , ever hear the term ass back wards , thats ARKANSAS AND SOUTHERN Missouri .Branson floods every 5 years and the area down around I -40 from fort Smith to little rock … social programs for the people are essentially non existant.. poor states with poor leadership. Arkansas has been corrupt since before the civil war ..the Arkanasas river runs into the Mississippi .. major transport navigation for a long time..
Well I’m from Vermont EXTREMELY HIGH LAND TAXES AN RESTRICTIVE
Montana , Maine expensive
Horrible weather for year round crops ???
Who made this list
What about Indiana Kansas Iowa states that have no restrictions or low taxes ???
Or warmer places such as Alabama and Mississippi with low cost of living, cheap land, low crime, good weather, very few natural disasters, good laws, and low population density but hell if you wanna freeze and have snow on the ground for 6 months out of the year then sure , have fun in Montana and maine.
Yeah- and you have fun with the alligators-flying cockroaches-giant mosquitoes-tornadoes
I have lived in Al over 30 years I live half a mile from the bay actually and on several rivers throughout that time, I’ve seen 3 alligators the whole time. I’ve never been in any danger from a tornado cockroaches only come out late at night and its not like there are swarms or they are aggressive. However, those mosquitos will pick you up and carry you off like a damn vampire
Depends on which part of Alabama you call “low crime”…find yourself in the Black Belt region, and get ready to have non-stop trouble with break-ins, vandalism, etc. Grows big deer for the state, but…
Iowa has very high taxes. We pay $2K a year on 3 acres with an old farmhouse
Dan D says
I’ll trade you, I have 3.5 acres (1/2 unusable)and a 1500 sq. Ft. House and pay $6k in property taxes.. plus state income tax.. the only thing Ct. has going for it is tons of deer..
Not sure why Montana made the list either. Property is horribly expensive and we are in a multi year drought – wells are drying up, towns have water restrictions, and creeks and rivers are drying up also. Ranchers are selling off some of their cattle because of lack of water and forage.
We just bought a place in upstate SC and in the Western part there is affordable land.
I’ve heard horror stories about Arizona charging an ‘off grid tax’ to people who aren’t on the electrical grid. Does anyone who knows about this have any thing to say about it?
Va. transplant says
Az. charges for almost everything. The weather is awesome in the winter months and hot as the surface of the sun depending where you root yourself. The water is a major concern. Basically there is a lot of expense and many factors to consider before going off grid in Az.
Kristi Timm says
Oregon is not the place to live off-grid. We have very high property taxes, and they are not friendly to companies who decide to break from the grid. In fact, they go so far as to fine such companies. Hunting and fishing are plentiful, and the west side of state has very mild winter. I’ve lived here for 40 years, and am looking to relocate. Also, I should note we have very high state income taxes.
A few of the states mention have laws that are not off grid friendly including Oregon.
How old is this article? And why does it only seem to focus on land price, property tax and climate?
Times are changing and it’s more difficult to find something like this outside of certain areas of certain states.
I’m wondering the same exact thing! I thought the whole point of living off-grid was exactly that..LIVIN OFF-GRID which I thought there was no such thing as buying anything..no laws if any kind..??
Of corse iam new to all this and just started research recently and as you,I wanna know the exact same thing. This irratates me to no end..but I guess since so many people are starting to do this they gonna find some way to make that dollar..
I’ve been wanting to go off-grid lately. I just don’t think I have all the necessities needed for survival.. aside from that, I wouldn’t know exactly where to go. I live in the State of New York.. the Hudson Valley area to be more precise. It has it’s moments of beautiful scenery but aside from living expenses, I will be truly honest when I say this and just note that I am not saying this to gain some sort of attention or sympathy. I just want to explain as brief as I can to give a better insight and maybe get some off grid related advice.. I have no family or anyone reliable to turn to and my current living situation is not an ideal one. I lost everything at some point.. I never had a lot to begin with but these passed two years alone have costed me greatly. I do not trust the system. I know enough on how it works. My only income consists of being paid $11.40 hourly for a full time job. I live in a small town and business here has been depressing.. Very limited oppurtunity and I don’t have my own means of transportation so with that in mind, if it weren’t for this job, I’d be nowhere. Unfortunately though, the people I live with are facing foreclosure on the building of where I reside.. I only pay rent here. I won’t disclose my expenses to anyone as that’s personal but I’ve been stuck and it seems I’ve been around the wrong people for too long. It’s been time for a change. This will be an ongoing problem because those I live with are unreliable, irresponsible, inconsiderate, immature and I don’t need to in that kind of environment. I refuse to go back to a shelter, I refuse to trust the system, I believe there are better things out there.. I never beg and I know we’re always going to put in more than we get in return in this life but I am out of giving and I am depleted .. I want to live a healthier lifestyle away from those who are trying to stand in my way.. so I will ask.. what can I do?
Don’t give up! don’t lose hope!
Continue pursuing your dream!
There are countless ways, such as finding other people,GOOD RELIABLE, RESPONSIBLE PEOPLE
that are living on homesteads, farms, or off the grid, that are willing to help out in exchange for extra helping heands.
Joe I know how you feel! I lived in NY for many years. You can connect with like minded people in NY and create a co-sharing community even in the city and live a frutiful life. I linked up with 7 Moms and we share the costs of internet, streaming services, buy & divide in bulk, car and equipment sharing, childcare, prep meals together 3x a week, and so much more.
We are also working on creating wealth for our children, and a lot more.
So our 8 small salaries are a bit larger and void of living a life collecting things and creating healthy moments, makes life much easier and enjoyable.
If you want to live a life more on your own you can limit the co-sharing life.
But I know for sure if you can make it in NY you can make it anywhere.
God Bless You Richly
Nature Girl says
We all fall on hard times and you have to decide what is best for you and there can be no excuses to hold you back if that means give up your job jump on a bus and start somew6new and create the life you want.! I know this because I lose everything I worked very hard for in my life and went from 6 figures to zero figures and it took me a while but I sucked it up and started over with nothing and turned it into a whole new life. If you want to learn about true off grid living look up midwest permaculture, earthship homes in Taos NM the institute is there you could learn to build these homes, you can also look at earth bag homes and there are several others. Mine by far is earthship homes I’m going to take earthship design with hempcrete or aircrete to build and live by a water source to power everything along with wind and solar power. The opportunities are endless!
Hi unfortunately I am in the same boat as you. I live in a very bigoted state and all my family is gone. I have absolutely no one! I would say you could come live with me but I’m on disability, so I guess that would make that deal off the table?
I live in the Hudson valley also and you have to have well, septic and electric from the grid. It’s this way in NY and NJ all over as far as I’ve been able to find. I’ve been trying to live in a camper somewhere near by and can’t find anywhere that allows it.
Joe you need a small cheap trailer or learn to build a teepee move to the West there’s more wilderness and still less law. I personally went to Alaska for a year it’s nice there but they make it tough to get I.d for permanent residence and dividend
Best advice I can give is to give up money if everyone did that 1 simple thing the system would have to stop to head the people’s needs and people would work together (again)for one goal and that’s to survive rather than succumb to more greed and collapse when oil runs out that fantasy world will end anyway
J O says
I have to say Arkansas is the state we picked and it’s amazing. Total freedom with no permits or restrictive laws, low cost of living, cheap land…and it’s known as the natural state for a reason. Water is easy to get and the growing season is long. I also want to add that there are distinct seasons, pretty good cottage laws, etc. It’s breathtaking and beautiful here.
William & Karina says
Hello J O,
My wife and I are looking at Arkansas, which part of the state you guys are at and what is the closest city/town to you..
Please advise.. thanks
Florence Ellison says
I’m looking at that state as well. I’m wanting to build a in ground passive solar home. I have a bunkhouse camper to live in till its built. Wondering about unrestricted land and codes
m sett says
lived in arkansas , it rains a hell of alot , electic grid sucks , and it is in the path of ferocious storms from the gulf thru LA . AND TX. YES LAND IS CHEAP , and most laws are lax , taxes low , and so is the income if you can live on it . food is super cheap , health care is almost non existant for the lower income , hog farms , chicken industry and good ole WALMART HDQTRS .. was a leading confederate state with 111.000 slaves in 1864 ..fact. the state is notorious for corruption for a long time. civil war battle sites from one end to the other , Shilo , etc. some parts are still flying the confederate flag ,see for your self take a ride thru the back roads , and it rains a hell of a lot , and lots of snakes with the creeks and lots of lakes ..good luck
David Hotaling says
Arizona is not as friendly as people may thing for off grid. I love here and find that property owner associations abound and say you can have fence or you can’t grow live stock, drill your own well or use hauled water for livestock. 9.9 percent state is all that is available for private use. That’s 90 percent of state you cant touch and most larger parcels are divided aourd state or BLM land. If you can deal with only ha ing cattle or horse then yes Arizona maybe only but a lot areas prohibit it an Apache county has very high crime rate with frequent home invasions. Also about the only county you canlegall build tiny home in at 200 sq minimum and no less than 7 feet in any direction you also have to have bedroom separate from the rest of space. Zoning is harsh in most of state.
DIdn’t put Hawaii, on the Big island at least, land can still be bought for $5000-$10000, many people here live in “unpermitted structures” a little away from the urban area and are not bothered by anyone. Most have composting toilets, rain catchment for water and solar power. I live on the east side where we have the most rainfall in the country which comes down in tropical torrents so never a lack of water, still we do a lot of sun too so solar is easy and everything grows here, its like living in a greenhouse, really don’t even need to water, just cut stuff back, fruit trees of every kind grow wild and also wild pigs and chickens running all over the place, so its pretty good for off gridding here if you don’t mind living in a jungle, which is not everyones cup of tea and it is a bit boring and island bound here too.
Hi from SW Oklahoma
Think my tiny home and I will stay in Oklahoma, except for the occasional tornado, the land prices aren’t too bad and I haven’t had any problems with the little community that I’m in,as far as putting in my tiny house (no permits, yea!); I’ll be hooking up to their water n sewer but will have solar power.
I’m really surprised that with the cheaper land prices, plentiful sun & wind for power options that Oklahoma didn’t make your list.
Toni Chat says
Does anyone have experience with Idaho?
Any Information on Pennslyvannia information for Off grid homestead .
Sam Smith says
In Memphis, TN and Shelby County you can’t live anywhere ‘off the grid’. You are required to plug into MLGW which is their utilities company. If you don’t the city will come out and tape a note to your door that your home is ‘uninhabitable’ and you will be quickly forced to move.
Also, in the state of Tennessee you have to get a special license to use solar, etc. and the state forces you to pay them a ‘fee’ for using solar every year even if you purchased it. It’s weird..
I’m surprised that nobody has mentioned Washington state.There are several Intentional Communities here, mostly west near the coast or along the Columbia river for those interested. It does have a sales tax (not on food) which is no problem if you don’t buy a lot of stuff. There is a lot of inexpensive, sparsely populated land east of the Coast range (away from Seattle). You can find thick forest to riverside or desert if that is your thing. Lots of natural resources, hunting and fishing is good in most areas. The east side has much less rain than the coast so winters tend to be sunnier, but colder. If you draw a horizontal line through Spokane all the way across the map, anywhere north to the Canadian border, and east of the coast range has, in my opinion, good homestead possibilities. It is easy to find places that have no or few laws telling you how and what, or what not, to build.
The Idaho panhandle would be okay, but that state still has a cro-magnan approach to marijuana. And they enforce those laws rigorously. That’s all I need to know!
I don’t know what the definition is of affordable, but Montana is really not affordable. It used to be, but properties are very expensive now. It is very hard to afford a place to live on the wages that are paid here.
I don’t know why Kentucky is not on this list. We barely have any rules against off-grid living. Septic really being the main one.
m sett says
Montana has turned into the playground for the wealthy , like ASPEN or Jackson Hole , just figure if it is a beautiful little spot on earth , some one with lots of resources has already purchased it , they own thousands of acres with literally nothing growing on it, then we have the large cattle ranches and corporate farms with subsidies from us the taxpayer to recoup any losses they experience..parts of Montana where the law is .. you can only buy 20 acre parcels or more …Park county is one of them , around the yellowstone basin , multi millionaires are the norm , professions range from hollywood actors to t v hosts , and throw in some WALL ST EXECS , along with old rock and rollers still living off the ebbing royalties . Western part is tourists and mountains rolling hills..eastern part is flat and oil and mining and ranching are the economy…oh and cold , cold in winter.
m sett says
to retire cheap… buy a travel trailer or r v , buy cheap land in southern oregon or nevada , or arizona . live on it and do your thing , cabin , yurt , modular , quanset hut , pre built cabins , , put in a septic system tank and piping, 2000 dollars at lowes or home depot , backhoe and operator rental , build a pad on high ground for water sistern gravity feed , or community spring , or deliverd water can be spendy in a hurry, well if possible, figure 5000 grand minimum. realistic price for solar and wind , water source , heat source and living quarters can be done for 30.000 or less if you do the research and some or most of the labor . set the goal 2 years from the time you roll on the land . or you can always go for the ex pat route in Uruguay or Chile and Ecuador…have to learn some spanish …maybe… 1500 buys you a spot in a beach town resort or in the rural villages for about 1000 a month …good luck
The best state is Texas, and location Fort Bend County, the county possess a big pool of talented and skilled individuals; 89.7% high school graduates, 45.7% college graduates. The county has a workforce of more than 380,000 people, moreover the County is served by the Ports of Houston and Freeport and it also has three rail lines, Kansas City Southern, Burlington Northern Santa Fe, and Union Pacific. It also has the lowest tax rate in the state making it an ideal destination for businesses.
Texas- from a native Texan viewpoint, I think many of the negatives were ignored when considering Texas. Such as played into my decision to establish an off-grid permanent homestead outside of Texas.
1. Property Taxes, Texas has exorbitant property taxes, although you may qualify for a generous “Agricultural Exemption”, there are hoops to jump through, red tape and no guarantees. Property taxes are already outrageous in Texas compared to most other states and continue to rise annually. My wife and I determined we could live well simply off of the property tax savings in any Rocky Mountain state North of New Mexico (also high tax).
2. HEAT is a consideration when living off-grid, Several consecutive months of 90+ degree heat is the norm. Most of the state is far too humid to get any relief from a solar powered evaporative cooler, even with really cold well water, they are only effective in the dry desert regions.
3. Vehicles- Although a great place to purchase good used vehicles, Texas is among the most expensive states to register and insure vehicles, and, both state and local , law enforcement have regular propensity to “profile” vehicles with out of state plates, thus burdening you with ridiculous fines, court costs, and wasted time and stress when simply traveling for supplies.
4. Burdensome regulations that can change at the whim of a particular county
I could go on, but these are some considerations if thinking of Texas
…not to mention floods, droughts, tornadoes, wind storms, hail storms, etc.
when you say Hawaii was not in the running I am sure you are thinking of Oahu . There prices are nuts, but if you go to big island in the puna district you will be amazed how cheap land is one or three acres could be $30 to $40k depending on location sure the roads suck and you have to use rain catchment but that is off grid.. We have many people living off grid in that area and many more on the big island
Bemused Berserker says
Since Oregon just passed a bill that effectively outlaws gun ownership, I’d rethink that one.
Whether the bill will stand the challenges sure to come, we’ll just have to wait and see.
Glad to see Colorado’s not on the list, even though I live there. The State is ran by Far Left Democrats. Rural Coloradoans have no voice anymore. Also, many counties in the State have adopted a 35 acre minimum for rural homesite. That makes buying land here problematic for those on a budget.
A map, showing your Chosen states, would be helpful for those of us w/o a map.
RE: The Big Island – you MUST have a PO Box to get any mail as they do not have door-to-door delivery.
I think a list of the items you used to grade each state would be useful.
Just Sayin' says
Off-grid is very hard if u come from city living. TRY THIS EXPERIMENT: Switch off your electric, gas, & water for ONE WEEK to start….can u make it? Then try ONE MONTH…
…Silly city folk…