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the best states to live off the grid!

If you’re looking for the best state to live off grid, you’ve come to the right place.

When I started doing research, I was overwhelmed with choices. On top of all that, I didn’t know what to look for when it comes to having a friendly environment where you wouldn’t get harassed by local government.

The question of where can I live off the grid bugged me to no end. I’m sure you’ve heard the stories of some people finding it next to impossible to disconnect from the grid.  

After doing extensive research on what states allow you to live off the grid, I compiled a list of 29 possible candidates. 

For each of the 29 states, there are FOUR criteria which I rated from 1-10 (1 being awful and 10 being perfect). The first one is the property tax. This is is the fee you’ll pay each year for the privilege of living on your land in the state. The rates ranges from as low as 0.20% to as high as 2.50%.

Second is the cost of living. This outlines the multiple factors such as food cost, transportation, electricity, and many other things that come with living. This part should be taken with a grain of salt, primarily because your goal is to be as self-sufficient as possible (in essence, cutting down many of the common expenses).

You then have the cost of land as a criterion. The prices vary across the board, but you’ll often find bigger lots at bigger discounts.

The last thing to focus on are gun laws. I’m going to assume that a big majority of people who are attempting to go off-grid want to be armed for hunting and personal protection. Luckily, most states that are suitable for homesteading are also gun-friendly.

If you don’t want to be teased as to which states I have put in the top 3 for each category, take a look below. Once you do, consider reading the entire list to see all the other states worth considering.pe

Top 3 Best Places to Live Off Grid (per Category)...

Property Tax:

  1. Hawaii
  2. Alabama
  3. Louisiana

Cost of Land:

  1. Tennessee
  2. West Virginia
  3. Arkansas

Cost of Living:

  1. Mississippi
  2. Arkansas
  3. Oklahoma

Gun Laws:

  1. Arizona
  2. Alaska
  3. Idaho

Table of Contents

LIST of States for GREAT Off-Grid Living:

nature of Alabama
Alabama Flag

1. Alabama (Sweet Home...)

Cost of Living:
9/10
Cost of Land:
10/10
Property Taxes:
10/10
Gun Laws:
8.5/10

Sweet Home Alabama, one of the most patriotic states in the country. Alabama is known for having the kind of people who get things done, the old fashioned way. 

When it comes to living off the grid, it’s by far one of the best ones. Due to its proximity to the Gulf of Mexico, the climate tends to be either mild (in the winter) or super hot in spring, summer, and even through fall. As a southern state, the cost of living is well below average in MANY areas. 

The costs that matter in reality are property taxes and land taxes. This state check-marks all those with flying colors. After Hawaii, Alabama has the lowest average property tax of any other state. In addition to a low property tax, there are also very affordable land and property costs (median cost of a home is just under $100,000). 

Owning a gun in the state of Alabama is also very favorable, considered an open carry state to its residents. When it comes to overall gun favorability, it’s in the top 10 states for gun rights and buying power. 

nature of Alaska
Living in Alaska

2. Alaska (North to the Future...)​

Cost of Living:
6/10
Cost of Land:
8/10
Property Taxes:
7/10
Gun Laws:
9.75/10

They don’t call Alaska the “Final Frontier” for nothing. This state is the most untouched, least inhabited by size alone. There are less than 1 million people in the state and for good reason. Being more than 2X bigger than Texas, the states vast reaching forests and mountains with thousands of opportunities to go off-grid. 

The vast majority of its population lives in small concentrations of cities, often hundreds or even thousands miles apart. Going solar, digging a well, and being 100% self-sufficient is the only way of survival for a sizable portion of Alaskans. 

The cost of retail goods is higher than the average across the board. 

If you are considering Alaska, you already know that if you don’t live in a big city, online and supermarket shopping will be a big challenge. When possible, you’ll be paying more on average. 

If those parts don’t bother you, the following won’t either. Let’s talk about taxes and guns.

Property tax is slightly higher (per US average). Land and home prices are also slightly higher. However, the state has NO income tax and can even pay you for being a resident

Alaska is in the top 3 for gun rights, for obvious reasons. No permits for open or concealed carry, no registration, and anyone can purchase a gun who is 21 years of age or older. Beautiful!

nature of Arizona
Living in Arizona

3. Arizona (Ditat Dius...)​

Cost of Living:
8.25/10
Cost of Land:
8.5/10
Property Taxes:
8/10
Gun Laws:
10/10

Not many states can claim such a diverse climate as Arizona can. Arizona is a beautiful state that is known for its Grand Canyons, Monument Valley, and many other beautiful spots. Did you know there’s a city that can reach summer temperatures over 120 degrees (Phoenix) and only 2 hours north there’s a city that gets over 80 inches of snow (Flagstaff), each winter?

The climate is full of extremes in Arizona, this makes it perfect for off-grid living. Take your pick, desert, forest, or somewhere in between?

The good news does not stop there, Arizona has many favorable laws and economic incentives.

First of all, Arizona is the most gun-friendly state in the union. No permits, no background checks, no nothing. Just be over 21 and you are good to go.

Both property prices and taxes are below average across the board. State income tax is slightly below average, at only 4.5%.

nature of Arkansas
Living in Arkansas

4. Arkansas (Regnant Populus...)​

Cost of Living:
8.5/10
Cost of Land:
9/10
Property Taxes:
7.5/10
Gun Laws:
6.5/10

The more I researched about Arkansas, the more I learned how great of an off-grid haven it is. What first comes to your mind when you think of Arkansas?

I didn’t think of much, other than another boring state in the mid-south (sorry bellow Arkansas). The nickname is “The Nature State, Land of Opportunities”, where did they get this from?

If you put those two in the right context, you’d be correct. Arkansas has plenty of farmlands, rolling hills, rivers, lakes, and rich soil (just like Oklahoma). Weather can be unpredictable in the spring and summer months (think thunderstorms) but expect mild or even chilly weather in late fall and winter months.

Property prices and taxes are quite low on average, in addition to that, the cost of living is quite low as well. Buying large parcels of land and building your beautiful homestead will likely prove to be cost-effective in this state.

nature of Florida
Living in Florida

5. Florida (In God We Trust...)

Cost of Living:
7/10
Cost of Land:
7.5/10
Property Taxes:
6.5/10
Gun Laws:
7/10

Florida is known for its beautiful beaches and hot/humid weather. What you probably didn’t know is the beautiful country-side that one could easily mistake for a different state. Florida is a unique location that can provide year-round growth for homesteaders and farmers alike. 

Due to its proximity to the Gulf of Mexico, the “Sunshine State” gets plenty of light and rainfall. This means your electricity and water needs will be met almost the entire year. 

While Florida checks all the desirable boxes, it’s not necessarily the most expensive or the cheapest in any of them. 

While yes, the state has beautiful weather and NO income tax, its average when it comes to property taxes, sales taxes, and the overall cost of living. 

Gun laws are fairly relaxed, but when it comes to handguns, it’s illegal to open carry one (without a permit). Concealed carry is legal and one does not have to disclose to law enforcement your possession of one. 

The purchase of all other types of firearms is perfectly legal for anyone 21 or older.

nature of Georgia
Living in Georgia

6. Georgia (Wisdom, Justice, Moderation...)

Cost of Living:
7.5/10
Cost of Land:
7.75/10
Property Taxes:
7/10
Gun Laws:
6.5/10

Georgia, the beautiful peach state. This southern paradise has a lot in common with Alabama (as mentioned earlier). If you’re from Georgia, you know a thing or two about working hard.

With vast fields of peaches, apricots, apples, cherries, and pears, it’s an environment ripe for a serious gardener.

The landscape of this state changes as you go from north to south. As the Appalachian Mountains end in the northwest, the hundreds of miles of forest continue as you go further south and even towards the coastline.

Much like Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, an South Carolina, there’s mostly mild to hot weather year-round. The other important aspects you must NOT forget are the financials.

When it comes to buying land or home, property taxes are $650 below the countries average of just over $2,000 per year. Cost of living for most common things are below average here as well, but gun laws leave a little to be desired (surprisingly). Permits are required for handguns, but all other weapons only required 21+ years of age for purchase.

nature of Hawaii
Living in Hawaii

7. Hawaii ( The life of the land is perpetuated...)

Cost of Living:
3.5/10
Cost of Land:
2.25/10
Property Taxes:
9.5/10
Gun Laws:
0.5/10

Some people say that Hawaii is the Bali of the United States, and they wouldn’t be wrong. Hawaii is the most isolated state and as a result, seems to be keeping true to how nature intended it to be.

Hawaii has several islands, all of them are just an hour or two boat ride away from each other. 

The beautiful palm trees, plentiful sunshine, excellent beaches and hospitable locals make living there… an excellent choice!

As to living “off-grid”, just like with Alaska… its often the ONLY option people have, and that may not be a bad thing after all. Aside from the few highly populated cities such as Honolulu and Hilo, population drops to below 20,000 people on average in most other places.

The power grid that we are so used to in the United States isn’t as far-flung on Hawaii, solar energy, wind energy and in some cases hydro-electric energy is quite common. Not only would your electricity be quite expensive, but also most other things  (as they are shipped from mainland USA). 

The ONLY caveat to living OFF-GRID in Hawaii is the land cost, its priced at a premium per-acre. On the flip side, you pay the lowest property tax rate of any state in the union. 

Gun laws are the worst here, don’t even think about it. It’s sad, but true.

nature of Iowa
Living in Iowa

8. Iowa (Liberties we prize and our rights we will maintain...)

Cost of Living:
5.7/10
Cost of Land:
8/10
Property Taxes:
4/10
Gun Laws:
5/10

Did you know that the state of Iowa is known for some of the most FERTILE soil in the entire world?

Yes that is quite true, there’s a reason why big majority of the state is farmland. Iowa is also, often known for having some of the most pleasant people in the United States. 

Where there is southern hospitality, there’s also mid-western hospitality which shines just as true.

Since nearly 90% of Iowan land is designated to farming in one way or another, this state would be PERFECT for living off the grid. There’s a fair amount of sunshine and wind year-round, so generating electricity should be a nonissue.

Des Moines is the capital and most populated city of the state. Most places outside of there are fairly underpopulated… resulting in excellent opportunities to find undeveloped land to start off grid living.

Now remember, you are in the mid-west and the weather WILL get very unstable during the whole year. This state is known for tornadoes, hail and wind storms during the spring and summer, and during winter… it is known to get a lot of snow. You’ll see weather and temperatures change in all 4 seasons.

nature of Idaho
Living in Idaho

9. Idaho (Let it be Perpetual...)

Cost of Living:
7/10
Cost of Land:
7/10
Property Taxes:
8.25/10
Gun Laws:
9/10

Idaho to many is mostly about potatoes, but there’s much more to this state.

Idaho is located in the northwestern part of the US, meaning its climate ranges from warm summers to very cold winters. It borders Canada in the north and 6 other states all around it.

Living off the grid in Idaho is and has been a common practice for a very long time. The state’s government has helped make it possible for regular people to disconnect from the grid and become 100% self-sufficient.

While the income tax is slightly higher than most other states (6.95%), the property taxes, on the other hand, is very reasonable.

One thing that Idahoans truly value is gun rights. Idaho is in the top 5 states with incredible gun rights that many other states could only dream of. Here, you don’t need a permit to purchase or carry a gun (this applies to regular rifles, shotguns, and handguns).

The growing season may be short, but when it comes to hunting and fishing, there’s an ample supply!

nature of Kentucky
Living in Kentucky

10. Kentucky (United we stand, divided we fall...)

Cost of Living:
6.5/10
Cost of Land:
8.5/10
Property Taxes:
8.5/10
Gun Laws:
7/10

Probably the most iconic thing Idaho is known for is their potatoes. Usually we are told to bake them, them put sour cream, bacon bits, and sprinkle some cheddar cheese on top. Mouth watering, I know!

Idaho to no surprise is full of RICH farmland which makes it an ideal place to grow potatoes, asparagus, broccoli, cabbage, kohlrabi, onions, peas, radishes, spinach, turnip, and many more.

The further north you got, the more mountains terrain you’ll see. It’s a rather unique state, where it is actually TALLER than it is wide, so the northern part actually reaches Canada where you’ll be able to cross by land.

When it comes to off-grid living in Idaho, it’s quite easy. The state just like Montana and Washington has plenty of fairly priced plots of land where you can set up your home to be 100% self sustaining.

When I dug into the news and the internet, there were no breaking news stories of people getting evicted from their land. When it comes to this, try your best to stay at least an hour outside the BIG CITIES where the small towns are more relaxed with zoning.

Settling in Louisiana
Living in Louisiana

11. Louisiana (Union, Justice and Confidence...)

Cost of Living:
7/10
Cost of Land:
8.5/10
Property Taxes:
9.8/10
Gun Laws:
7/10

While no one really talks about Louisiana unless you bring up Mardi Gras and Jazz, it’s a GREAT state when you get to know it better.

Sitting right next to Texas to the west, Arkansas to the north and Mississippi to the east, Louisiana is know for its fishing industry (specifically with Crawfish). For those who really like the outdoors, the hunting is good and the fishing is equally as good (if not better).

It is known to be the Crawfish capital of the world, and they show it off with pride with a huge variety of restaurants offering their country famous Cajun Food.

Side note: Cajun food is amazing!

If you’d like to live off-grid, you can do so in the state of Louisiana without much of a problem. This state has plentiful rainfall throughout the year, moderate amount of sunshine, and fairly good soil for growing food (more so central and north of the state).

While the state is rather humid as most of the south is during 75% of the year, you’ll find it an excellent place if you are into water harvesting, generating electricity with solar panels, and affordable land. You’ll find here more “country-folks” than most other states.

Nature of Mississippi
Living in Mississippi

12. Mississippi (By valor and arms...)

Cost of Living:
5.5/10
Cost of Land:
8/10
Property Taxes:
9/10
Gun Laws:
9.5/10

Mississippi sits firmly planted in the south, it’s known to be as the Magnolia State due to its beautiful Magnolia Trees.

There are over 200 years of strong culture, from being one of the leading states in cotton production, to being a big producer of corn, wheat, sweet potatoes, rice, and a few other crops.

Much like its neighbors Alabama and Louisiana, its has plentiful wildlife for hunting and weather tends to be identical (humid 75% of the year and nice the 25%). A big portion of people there live away from the big cities, resulting a big population of “country-folks”.

When it comes to off-grid living, it has fair property tax laws and below average home and land prices compared to the rest of the nation. Due to its demographic make up, off-grid living is typically nothing new and sometimes expected from its state residence.

nature of Missouri
Living in Missouri

13. Missouri (Let the welfare of the people be the supreme law...)

Cost of Living:
8.5/10
Cost of Land:
8/10
Property Taxes:
7.5/10
Gun Laws:
8.5/10

When you first hear of the state Missouri, you probably think of either A) Mark Twain, B) Harry Truman, C) Gateway Arch or D) Budweiser.

Any of those would be a correct guess and that’s because they state gave birth to all.

But there’s MUCH more to Missouri than meets the eye.

First of all, the state is more or less flat with plentiful farm land. Most of the population is scattered all throughout the state, with a big concentration sitting in St. Louis. Where it gets a bit better is its overall attitude towards off-grid homes. Since most of the state is farmland, you’l have no issue building a place that relies 100% on renewable energy.

The state averages around 200 days of sun throughout the entire year, ideal for solar energy use. Being mostly flat, it gets a fair amount of wind which make it good for wind power as well. When it comes to rainfall, it doesn’t disappoint. Throughout the entire year, after the snowy winter, it can get more than 40 inches of rain. Much like IOWA mentioned above, it is prone to strong thunderstorms which contribute to heavy downpours.

Last part about Missouri that I think is worth mentioning is the land cost. The entire state isn’t too expensive to live in, land can be found for bargain prices when you look at the right locations.

nature of Maine
Living in Maine

14. Maine (I lead...)

Cost of Living:
5.5/10
Cost of Land:
6.5/10
Property Taxes:
6.5/10
Gun Laws:
9/10

When you first hear of the state Missouri, you probably think of either A) Mark Twain, B) Harry Truman, C) Gateway Arch or D) Budweiser.

Any of those would be a correct guess and that’s because they state gave birth to all.

But there’s MUCH more to Missouri than meets the eye.

First of all, the state is more or less flat with plentiful farm land. Most of the population is scattered all throughout the state, with a big concentration sitting in St. Louis. Where it gets a bit better is its overall attitude towards off-grid homes. Since most of the state is farmland, you’l have no issue building a place that relies 100% on renewable energy.

The state averages around 200 days of sun throughout the entire year, ideal for solar energy use. Being mostly flat, it gets a fair amount of wind which make it good for wind power as well. When it comes to rainfall, it doesn’t disappoint. Throughout the entire year, after the snowy winter, it can get more than 40 inches of rain. Much like IOWA mentioned above, it is prone to strong thunderstorms which contribute to heavy downpours.

Last part about Missouri that I think is worth mentioning is the land cost. The entire state isn’t too expensive to live in, land can be found for bargain prices when you look at the right locations.

nature in Montana
Living in Montana

15. Montana (Gold and Silver...)

Cost of Living:
8.5/10
Cost of Land:
6/10
Property Taxes:
7.7/10
Gun Laws:
7/10

One of the larger sized states, Montana can be explained in just one word: Beautiful. Originally named from a Spanish word Montaña which comes from Latin word for Mountanea, meaning mountain… or more broadly, “mountainous country”.

This state is known for some of the best quality red meat in the USA, not to mention the largest elk herd migration in the entire nation. 

Surrounded by Idaho, Wyoming, South Dakota and North Dakota on the US side, it represents one of the purest “open country” feelings with hundreds of miles in all direction of open grassland and mountains. It lacks in population, with Billings City at just under 105,000 residents… but that isn’t a bad think, as I’ll explain below.

Living off the grid in Montana is 100% doable, with many already doing just that. The state is very open and the populated areas are few and far from most other places. Because of that reason, many have started to rely on solar energy, wind power, and even hydro-electric power from rivers and streams.

If you want to find land for sale in Montana and build your own off-grid lifestyle, the land is reasonably priced, and navigating around zoning laws shouldn’t be an issue.

nature of Nevada
Living in Nevada

16. Nevada (All for our country...)

Cost of Living:
7.5/10
Cost of Land:
7/10
Property Taxes:
8/10
Gun Laws:
6.75/10

Nevada is known for three things, gambling (Las Vegas), biggest small city (Reno), and Area 51 (no one really knows what it TRULY is). By looking at Nevada on the map, it looks like a mostly empty state with nothing else to do outside of the few big cities it has. 

But it actually has MUCH more to offer than meets the eye.

Nevada has a diverse environment, much like its neighboring state Utah. A big portion of the year, Nevada receives plenty of sunshine which makes it an ideal place to use solar panels. While rain may be scarce during the spring, summer and fall, snow falls near the Sierra Nevada mountains, and most of the norther sections of the state.

There’s some restrictions when it comes to harvesting rain water, as this can only be done if you have “water rights” on your property. I personally have NO idea how they can enforce this, especially when you don’t make it really obvious when collecting the rain water. But breaking the law isn’t what I’m here for.

There is more than plenty of really cheap land the further outside the city you go, a big portion of it is actually dry and arid. Make use of it as you can, overall it’s a good option for going totally off-grid.

nature of New Mexico
Living in New Mexico

17. New Mexico (Grows as it goes...)

Cost of Living:
7.5/10
Cost of Land:
6.5/10
Property Taxes:
8.75/10
Gun Laws:
6.5/10

I never appreciate New Mexico for what it was until I went into Albuquerque to explore what it really has to offer.

If you drive for a few hours from either west or east towards Albuquerque, you won’t see much except Native American reservations, rolling hills with sparse vegetation, and miles upon miles of scattered about homes. 

Once you approach the capital, it’s a very unique city with a lot of culture (do check it out!).

Now that’s not what we are here about, you want to know why New Mexico is on the list. I’ll tell you why.

New Mexico is one of those places where you wouldn’t find many people saying they want to move there, and that’s a good thing for us off-grinders. Since the state receives plenty of sunshine every year, the population is concentrated around only a few cities, and the land is cheap, it makes for a great recipe for off-grid living.

Zoning gets more relaxed as you get into the country side, and when you take a second to look around once you are in the right areas… you’ll have some space to breath. Fresh air and good weather most of the year make it proper for building your own self sustaining home.

nature of North Carolina
Living in North Carolina

18. North Carolina (To be rather than seem...)

Cost of Living:
7/10
Cost of Land:
7/10
Property Taxes:
7/10
Gun Laws:
6.5/10

You gotta love North Carolina, in a way it’s like the California of the east coast (I’ll explain that in a minute). Being the historical place where the first flight EVER was performed by the Wright Brothers, it is also the home to beautiful Appalachian Mountains.

While the state has a pretty big population and quite a few big cities, there’s plenty of countryside where one could go to escape. 

Let’s talk about the weather. Rain is plentiful with an average of 40-45 inches per year in most places. On average, the state receives just over 160 days of sunshine across all cities and towns.

Living off grid in North Carolina is 100% doable and a wide majority of people have had no issue in doing so. After doing some research, I discovered that there’s fairly priced land in most of the state… but especially when go towards the southwestern part. Land sizes vary as always, but $3,000-$5,000 per acre seems to be the common trend according to websites like Zillow.com (with some exceptions).

nature of Ohio
Living in Ohio

19. Ohio (With God all things are possible...)

Cost of Living:
7.5/10
Cost of Land:
7/10
Property Taxes:
6/10
Gun Laws:
7/10

For some reason, much like Texas, Ohio has people who are very proud of where they are from. All for good reason, Ohio is a basket of unique offerings which you are not likely to find in some other states.

Weather is probably the highlight of the entire state, it has FOUR seasons with very hot summers, snowy winters, and moderate springs and falls. 

Rain can be quite substantial during some of their summer thunderstorms, this state can be quite windy in many parts as well.

Looking at the state, big cities are scattered around evenly through the entire state. Rural areas are known for being heavy on farming and raising animals. The further out you go, the more you’ll be able to find land and homes which aren’t hooked up to the grid.

If you decide to pick Ohio as your off-grid home, land prices may be an extra incentive as it is priced below average when it comes to its surrounding neighbors. On the flip side, I found that property taxes are on the high side.

Ohio has great land prices, great soil for growing produce, all four seasons, and no invasive laws for homesteaders.

nature of Pennsylvania
Living in Pennsylvania

20. Pennsylvania (Virtue, liberty, and independence...)

Cost of Living:
9/10
Cost of Land:
6.5/10
Property Taxes:
6/10
Gun Laws:
8.5/10

Pennsylvania for many of us may be know as the Amish state, a place where you’ll see plenty of rural areas flourishing with farm land and down-to-earth country folks. That’s just one of the charms this state has to offer.

When it comes to setting up off-grid living, aside for being a big state, it has favorable conditions on multiple fronts.

For one, property taxes aren’t terrible. Outside of big cities and towards the west side, you can find cheap parcels of land for a few thousand dollars.

Gun laws are in your corner, with open carry being perfectly legal.

Cost of living in contrast to its neighbors New Jersey and New York, are far better.

Lastly there’s the weather. The winters may be rough, but the summer and spring makes it a wonderful place to not only grow your own produce, but also enjoy life for years to come.

nature of South Carolina
Living in South Carolina

21. South Carolina (While I breath I hope...)

Cost of Living:
6/10
Cost of Land:
8/10
Property Taxes:
9.5/10
Gun Laws:
6.5/10

South Carolina, the most “Southern” of the Carolinas, both literally and figuratively. Living in this state gives you most things a person could ask for: beautiful beaches, plenty of history, and a very familiar population with how to live self sufficiently. 

When it comes to the weather, South Carolina is hot and humid most of the year. But just like with all other southern states like Florida and Georgia, it has a cool period in winter.

It gets plenty of rain, sun, and has a rich soil that makes for growing soybeans, cotton and corn. Believe it or not, South Carolina is BIG on peaches… easily competing with its neighbor Georgia.

Much like West Virginia, South Carolina has the benefit of having below average annual property tax at juts 0.57%.

The last thing I’d like to cover is the overall cost of land. Doing a quick search on Zillow, I found an 11.9 acre lot for $30K. That’s right around $2,500/acre.

You may thing that’s a piece of land that is in an undesirable location… maybe so, but another one I found in Greenville at $44.9K for 10.4 acres. It was unrestricted… meaning one could build with little to no BS from the local county.

Oh and don’t forget about the beaches!

Tennessee nature
Living in Tennessee

22. Tennessee (Agriculture and Commerce...)

Cost of Living:
9.5/10
Cost of Land:
9.5/10
Property Taxes:
9/10
Gun Laws:
8/10

If you love country music, you’ll love Tennessee. If you love Bluegrass, you’ll love Bristol, Tennessee. HECK, if you love moonshine… Tennessee is the home of that!

With all that being said,  just how good is it for doing things off the grid?

Really GOOD actually!

This landlocked state is actually quite long, stretching out a whopping 432 miles from east to west. Through the central and eastern parts you have the Appalachian Mountains, giving you great hunting terrain.

When it comes to weather, Tennessee is warmer than its norther neighbors Kentucky and Virginia. Summers are of course hot, but winters can be moderate with average temperatures in the low to mid 40’s. 

Land prices and even property taxes are far lower on average than you’d find most other places. The state average property tax rate is around 0.74%, getting as low as 0.38% in Cumberland county. 

This state prides in being nicknamed the “volunteer state”. If you look for land that you can build and go off grid on, you shouldn’t have a hard time!

nature of Texas
Living in Texas

23. Texas (Friendship...)

Cost of Living:
8.5/10
Cost of Land:
8/10
Property Taxes:
1.5/10
Gun Laws:
7/10

Texas, the state with the most pride. Everything is bigger in Texas, food, land, trucks, ego’s, weather… heck, everything!

When it comes to living off the grid in Texas, there’s a LOT of land to choose from.
Second to Alaska, Texas has a plethora of land to choose from, especially when you go towards the west near Midland and Odessa.

Now what is really good about this state are the land prices. You can expect to pay anywhere between $2,000-$3,000 per acre (with some areas being even cheaper).
After doing a quick search, I immediately found 51 acre parcel of land for $50K. They were selling 50 different lots, with a minimum of 5 acres to be sold per purchase. In the description they stated that the land can be utilized for virtually anything, with little to no restrictions.

Being a state with no state income tax, great gun laws and an affordable cost of living, they DO have a high property tax rate. The state average is around 1.83% with only a couple countries dipping below 1.00%.

Lastly let’s talk about the weather in Texas. Being an enormous state, you can experience weather ranging from blazing hot, damp and humid, freezing cold, and straight up windy. One thing for certain, there’s plenty of land to go around!

nature of Utah
Living in Utah

24. Utah (Industry...)

Cost of Living:
6.5/10
Cost of Land:
7.5/10
Property Taxes:
8/10
Gun Laws:
8/10

There’s few states in the country that can compete with the beauty of Utah. While this state has gained recognition for being the birth place of Mormons, what some don’t know is that it has a great climate for off the grid living.

This state enjoys a distinct four-season climate, with hot summer days and cool nights. 

The further north in the state you go, the more in the mountains you’ll end up being. 

Once you get out of the mountains, you’ll find many parts of the state fairly desolate. Along those places, there’s many backroads that can be found with empty parcels of land to build on. 

Gun ownership is so-so, with concealed carry for loaded firearms requiring a permit. When on your own land, this should not be an issue. 

Property taxes are around 0.66% on average, that’s slightly below the national average.

Land prices vary across the board. Dirt cheap parcels may be more difficulty to come by, but not impossible. Use sites like Zillow to look further, or even better, Craigslist or Facebook Marketplace. 

While there’s some ordinances throughout the state that can make living off the grid difficulty (like with most other states), scope out the county with relaxed zoning regulations. 

nature of Virginia
Living in Virginia

25. Virginia (Thus always to tyrants...)

Cost of Living:
8.5/10
Cost of Land:
8/10
Property Taxes:
7/10
Gun Laws:
7/10

Virginia is arguably one of the most beautiful states in the country. From the Appalachian Mountains in the west, to the beautiful sandy beaches in the east. Much like Pennsylvania, there’s a lot of farm land being utilized to raise animals and grow crops (mainly corn). 

Virginia has four seasons with fairly hot summers to mild or harsh winters (sometimes). 

Outside the city in the North East (Arlington, Fairfax, Alexandria etc), there’s a lot of people living in the country side. 

There’s a strong “southern” culture in many parts and people here like to get things DONE. 

When it comes to property prices and property taxes, the state is quite reasonable. Starting with land prices being quite reasonable when you stay outside the city. 

Being originally from Winchester VA, it was not unusual to find parcels of land for $1,000-$2,000 per acre. Property taxes are average, but just like a dozen or so other states, there’s also annual taxes on personal property.

Gun laws (just like in West Virginia) are reasonable and make it easy for purchase.

To live off the grid requires looking for properly zoned land, looking for it in the rural areas is relatively easy here. Just expect it to be be a challenge anywhere within a few dozen miles of a metropolitan area.

nature of Vermont
Living in Vermont

26. Vermont (Freedom and Unity...)

Cost of Living:
6.5/10
Cost of Land:
6/10
Property Taxes:
4/10
Gun Laws:
9.8/10

Vermont is one of those gems you’ll be pleasantly surprised when you actually come and visit.

The further north in the US you go, the more snow you get… that’s obvious, Vermont gets at least 70” inches of snow per year on average. When it comes to rainfall, you’ll be looking at 36” inches, on par with nations average of 39” inches.

Winters are snowy and cold, requiring a properly insulated home to get by. Spring is beautiful, summers are warm, and fall makes it a beautiful place to be.

The state isn’t too strict about regulations for off the grid living. One thing that comes up very often is the requirements for a septic system to be setup at all residences regardless on or off grid.

Whether you use one or not doesn’t seem to be an issue.
When you get there and you start prospecting for land you’ll find reasonable prices.. BUT, property tax is one of the highest in the nation at 1.59% (similar to Texas).

Surprisingly, unlike many northeastern states, Vermont has NO firearm regulations. Anyone 18+ years of age can open carry a gun. 

nature of Washington
Living in Washington

27. Washington State (Bye and Bye...)

Cost of Living:
7/10
Cost of Land:
6/10
Property Taxes:
7/10
Gun Laws:
7.5/10

Being the only state that was named after the US President, Washington State is undoubtably a beautiful place to be, no matter where you are in the state. Strategically placed, it is bordering Idaho on the east, Oregon to the south, and Canada to the north.

This state is fortunate to have direct access to the Pacific Ocean, making it an ideal place for fishing.

But sea fishing is not where it shines, there’s PLENTY of creeks, rivers, lakes and ponds with fantastic salmon and trout fishing. Some call it the “small” version of Alaska.. but with far more people.

Weather is something that isn’t unusual to the northwest, Washington gets plenty of rain and snow. Summer isn’t dominant, however when the sun comes out… its a beautiful sight!

Outside of the Seattle metropolitan area, there has been a long history of self-sufficient people living int he mountains and in the countryside. If you want to find your own land, expect to look through the entire state for good deals as the average price per acre is a bit steep. In addition to that, property taxes a bit higher than average.

The flip side of all that is a beautiful state to live in, with plentiful resources for all kinds of off-grid tasks!

nature of West Virginia
Living in West Virginia

28. West Virginia (Mountaineers are always free...)

Cost of Living:
7.5/10
Cost of Land:
9.5/10
Property Taxes:
9.5/10
Gun Laws:
9.5/10

West Virginia is the wildest of the two Virginias, and for good reason. Driving through the entire state, there won’t be a single time where you won’t see rolling hills with endless forrest’s.

It’s considered to be one of the most scenic states in the entire nation!

West Virginia is the #1 producer of hay, followed by apples, corn, grain, soybeans, and even tobacco. If you love peaches, West Virginians produce fantastic great peach jam!

When it comes to living off the grid, this is the place to do it. Since the entire state is just rolling hills with forrest… you’ll see that getting land and setting up your homestead is very easy. Plots of land are priced far lower throughout the state than most other states in the union. Property taxes are some of the lowest in the nation, easily landing a spot in the top 5 lowest states.

nature of Wyoming
Living in Wyoming

29. Wyoming (Equal Rights...)

Cost of Living:
7/10
Cost of Land:
8/10
Property Taxes:
8.75/10
Gun Laws:
9/10

Wyoming is officially the least populated state in the entire union.

With the most populated city of Cheyenne being home to less than 60K people… the rest of the population is spread out throughout the south and eastern side.

This is the true cowboy country, with hundreds and hundreds of mostly flat grasslands (almost like an Oklahoma of the West). 

People here take pride in raising their livestock, especially horses, cows and sheep.

While the weather during the summer is nice, it’s quite cool by comparison to states it borders to the south. You’ll have good success growing vegetables such as radishes, leaf lettuce, onions, cabbage, cauliflower, spinach and beets just to name a few. Those mentioned can be grown in the colder months without an issue.

When it comes to living off grid, Wyoming is in the top 5 for sure. It’s not only allowed, but encouraged!

Having so much flat grasslands makes it an ideal candidate for both solar and wind energy harvesting. 

Last thing I’d like to mention about Wyoming is the cheap land and fair low property tax, those two go hand-in-hand when looking for an affordable place to establish an off-grid home. To top it all off, if you want to own a firearm with no BS from the government, Wyoming has a big gun culture.

In Conclusion

Thanks for getting this far, the list above is in no way in order. If you scroll up and read the “Top 3 Per Category”, you’ll see what the best places to live off grid are for property taxes, cost of living, cost of land and gun laws.

Me and my wife are still searching for land, but we have narrowed it down to mostly west coast states Wyoming, Idaho, Nevada and Arizona.

Reach out to us for any questions, we would be happy to help you out!

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