Top 29 States To Live Off Grid: THESE
You Should Be Considering!
It was 2 years ago when I was searching for a perfect piece of land to build a home, and go completely off the grid. For me, it was a very fun process to scope out different pieces of land and see exactly what each had to offer.
In the course of the 24 months, I contacted more than 10 realtors and 5 private owners who provided me tours of various plots of land.
Compared to just doing research online and checking out properties myself, realtors and private owners have given me much more knowledge. While you typically would pay more through a broker, they have ready sellers on their list.
One day, I came across a nice property which already had a house built there (not a big one) and was at a reasonable price. As i looked into it, it clearly states that ON-GRID power was included.
So I went ahead and contact the realtor and asked if I could just unhook from the power lines and install solar panels. She informed me that due to local zoning and regulations, it would not be allowed.
I was SHOCKED, this house was isolated from other homes... there were mountains around, plenty of trees, it was by all definitions "off-grid".
EXCEPT... it had power lines being fed into it.
After learning this, I looked into it and come to find out... it's not uncommon for places to have unnecessary restrictions to unhook from the grid.
So what I ended up doing is dig into all 50 states to see exactly which ones are really the best states to live off grid in, with the least limiting laws.
I did this by:
From there, I compiled a total list of the 25 states you should strongly consider living off grid due to their fairly relaxed laws on this subject.
29 BEST States To Live Off The Grid (A-Z)
1) Living Off Grid in: ALABAMA
Sweet home Alabama, one of the most iconic states there are in the USA. From the plentiful cotton fields, to being home of some of the most beautiful southern farmland, it has plenty of reasons to be on your "to check out" list.
If you want to go FULLY off-grid, Alabama offers plenty of fresh water from not just ponds and lakes, but from rain as well. There's a fair amount of sun all year round, and weather is warm most of the year.
When it comes to living off grid, there doesn't seem to be much fuss when it comes to rural areas.
However, in populated areas such as Huntsville, there seems to be an issue with people who live in trailers.
A popular story told was of a man by the name of Tyler Truitt, who was being evicted by the city because he was using solar panels for electricity, composting toilet without sewer hook-up, and rain barrels to catch water.
This is a good example of what happens when you don't follow local zoning and housing rules. Although lets be clear, this kind of thing can often ONLY be found in the city.
Overall, Alabama is an affordable place to live and the place where you can get truly cheap land to get away from things!
2) Living Off Grid in: ALASKA
When you hear Alaska, what is the first thing that comes to your mind?
Odds are it is something along the lines of: "the wild place", "least populated state", "too cold", "most untouched state" and anything along those lines.
You would 100% right when it comes those things I just mentioned.
Alaska is beautiful from every angle, the mountains, forrest and wildlife. But don't get me wrong, she is an unforgiving state... if you put your guard down, either the wildlife or the weather will kill you. With that being said, for those living in Alaska outside the few populated cities, life can be a bit difficult. Off-grid living is a way of life for many.
I'd have to say that Alaska is one of the friendliest states for anyone who wants to install solar panels, wind turbines, hydro-electric generators and rain water harvesting systems. Land can be quite cheap but navigating to it can be a challenge... because of that, this isn't the place for the faint hearted.
If you'd like to live OFF the grid, Alaska is the way to do it, HANDS DOWN.
3) Living Off Grid in: ARIZONA
Arizona, the land of the Grand Canyons… it’s really a diverse state when you get a chance to explore it.
From the northern wind carved stones, beautiful green forrest, to the central and southern arid desert landscape. It has everything for you, no matter what time of year you come and visit.
The state is actually leading in homes having solar panels installed. During the winter, it's an RV'ers paradise, especially in places such as Ehrenburg Arizona.
When it comes to Off-Grid living, you do need to follow the local rules and regulations as anywhere else. However, there's few highly populated areas in the state. Phoenix leads the way, Tucson is second, and all the other cities surrounding Phoenix makes up the rest.
From personal experience, Flagstaff seems to be the nicest place to live OFF-GRID. While it may be on the more expensive side, drive any direction outside of Flagstaff and you'll find affordable land where regulations won't be stringent.
4) Living Off Grid in: ARKANSAS
When most talk about Arkansas, not much comes to mind. I’d say it gets the same treatment as Kansas, as some place where no one wants to move because it’s “not cool”. But I beg to differ!
After driving through Arkansas at least 5 times in all directions, seeing some of their great parks and seeing how much farmland there REALLY is, it occurred to me that it’s an excellent place to go off-grid.
Usually Arizona leads the way when it comes to affordable properties and land, but Arkansas is a very close second. Being known for plenty of farmland and its unique hilly terrain, the majority of people live outside the big city (Little Rock).
After doing just 3 minutes of searching, I found an UNRESTRICTED 5 acre lot near White River Access, for just under $50,000. Now that may be on the steep side, so here’s another one: 14.52 acres for $85,000 near the base of Rich Mountain (that’s just under $6,000/acre) see the listing here to view it all.
5) Living Off Grid in: FLORIDA
Florida has to be one of my favorite states to visit at all times of year. Since getting my drivers license, I have driven into Florida more than any other state.
The beautiful beaches, bipolar weather, seemingly flat land in all direction, and the sense that people can practically do anything they want there (within legal law of course).
I saw some of the biggest jacked-up trucks and some of the coolest homes located on GIANT pieces of land. People really seem to take pride in their land and farm animals, especially if you leave the inner-city limits of anywhere and drive into the country side.
Living off the grid in Florida is LEGAL (contrary to what you may have read on the internet). Florida is undoubtably one of the BEST states to live off the grid because it gets plenty of sun. As with most other states, you need to look into local law ordinances and zoning restrictions to ensure you can successfully unhook from the grid.
However if you are looking for land in Florida to live off grid, try to find land that does not have power hook-ups, as that is usually a sign that it will require you to use renewable energy source to produce your own.
6) Living Off Grid in: GEORGIA
One time when I stopped by a Georgia Welcome Center (going north from Florida), I was offered some of their delicious peach jelly. It was actually quite good, and for good reason.
Georgia is a Peach State, being one of the biggest producers of peaches from the entire nation.
Combined with the friendly people who live there, giving you the TRUE "souther hospitality" you heard about before, you can't go wrong by picking this state.
When it comes to living off the grid in Georgia, the state has not given much news about Off-Grid home owners. This is likely the case because the states has a LOT of rural areas where people are far apart from each other. While it does not snow in the state (unless you live north in the Appalachian Mountains), you do get a fair amount of rain throughout the whole year. Temperatures are great for raising animals, growing your own vegetables, and overall just enjoying yourself.
Georgia is an excellent choice for buying land, average cost for undeveloped land seems to be around $4000-$5000/acre.
7) Living Off Grid in: HAWAII
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... it is often times 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, 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, so solar energy, wind energy and in some cases hydro-electric energy is quite common.
Typically electricity would be priced quite high if connected to the grid due to the states isolation from mainland USA.
The ONLY caveat to starting to live OFF-GRID in Hawaii is the land cost, it is priced at a premium per acre.
8) Living Off Grid in: IOWA
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.
9) Living Off Grid in: IDAHO
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.
10) Living Off Grid in: KENTUCKY
Kentucky, a state known for horse derbies, bourbon whisky, and some amazing farm-land you can find in the USA.
I drove a few times through the backroads of Kentucky, south of Lexington... and I saw some fantastic looking homes with horse stables, and acres upon acres of land fenced off.
The first impressions of Kentucky that I got was, man there's so much country available for cultivation that... i didn't ever occur to me that it would be a place i'd consider setting up an off grid home. Now again, this state is just an option for now.
Appalachian Mountains run through most of Eastern Kentucky, and there you'll be able to find affordable land that is truly far from most people. Very similar to West Virginia, these mountains are excellent places for hunters of deer, moose, turkey and other small game. Disconnecting form the power grid isn't an issue in most of the state, especially if you are far off from the bigger cities.
A quick look on Google for "Off-Grid Homes in Kentucky" and you'll get some ideas of what kind of off-grid homes people are building.
11) Living Off Grid in: LOUISIANA
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.
12) Living Off Grid in: MISSISSIPPI
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.
13) Living Off Grid in: MISSOURI
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.
14) Living Off Grid in: MAINE
When I first started to dig into all 50 states, I had an assumption that all northeast states were too expensive, dense in population, and were "no mans land" when it comes to off-grid living.
But I was wrong, very wrong!
After digging deeper into Maine...
I found it it had beautiful coastline, plenty of forrest, beautiful rolling hills, and laws which make it very friendly towards off gridders. It seemed to me like Maine was like another copy of Oregon, but on the other side of the nation.
Getting an off-grid home setup isn't hard, many towns don't have strict zoning rules so things like a camper, shack homes, trailer, container homes, and compost toilets aren't an issue.
While the winters can be rough, the soil in this state is quite good making it great for farming at least 6 months out of the year. Even better news is the land cost that I saw on average. It's not out of the question to pay less than $1,000 per acre in some pretty nice locations.
15) Living Off Grid in: MONTANA
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.
16) Living Off Grid in: NEVADA
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.
17) Living Off Grid in: NEW MEXICO
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.
18) Living Off Grid in: NORTH CAROLINA
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).
19) Living Off Grid in: OHIO
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 offering which you are not likely to find in some other states.
Weather is probably the highlight of the entire state, it has FOUR real seasons with very hot summers, snowy winters, and moderate springs and falls.
While rain amounts 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 produce 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. This would still give you another reason to buy a cheap lot and build your own thing there and keep the “value” intentionally low in order to have a lower annual cost.
Ohio has great land prices, great soil for growing produce, all four seasons, and no evasive laws for ones trying to live off the grid.
20) Living Off Grid in: PENNSYLVANIA
Being the home of Benjamin Franklin, the Amish, Hershey Chocolate and one of the most historic cities in the nation, made Pennsylvania state in my book worth looking into.
However, we are going to look at living off grid, so how does it stack up?
Quite well actually!
You probably already know the Amish live in Pennsylvania and they are the people with no electricity, nothing electronic, just pure living how it was before the industrial revolution. You can often see signs on the side of the road which show a "horse and buggy", indicating there's Amish roaming the streets and roads out in the heartland of Pennsylvania.
Now, you don't need to be Amish to live off-grid. In fact, just like Ohio, this state has four seasons which make it an ideal place for growing your produce and raising animals.
When you decide to buy land in Pennsylvania, you need to look outside of places like Pittsburgh and Philadelphia. Expect to pay just a few thousand dollars per acre for nice parcels, while in some cases you can get even better deals.
21) Living Off Grid in: SOUTH CAROLINA
South Carolina, the more "Souther" 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 in the woods.
Some would say, its the “West” Virginia or the Virginias. For us offgridders, it’s definitely a good thing!
When it comes to weather, South Carolina is a fairly hot and humid place most of the year. But just like with all other southern states like Florida and Georgia, it has a cool period which is most of the winter.
It does get plenty of rain, sun, and has a rich soil which makes for growing soybeans, cotton and corn easy. Believe it or not, South Carolina is BIG on peaches… easily competing with its neighbor Georgia.
As I said above, people are familiar with the woods. There is plenty of farm land in this state, plenty of people who know how to get around the country side, and by getting outside the big towns and cities, you’ll see exactly what I mean. Off grid living in South Carolina is common and won’t give you any trouble.
The last thing I’d like to quickly cover is the overall cost of land, and just how much is the average property tax. Doing a quick search on Zillow, I found a 11.9 acre lot for around $30K. That’s right around $2,500/acre.
Of course I’d say that is on the cheaper side, but another one I found which after looking into it, actually made me very interested was in Greenville, pried at $44.9K for around 10.4 acres of land. It was unrestricted… meaning I could build whatever I want, and it had a running stream nearby (HYDRO POWER!!!).
Do consider looking into this state, I think you’ll be glad you did!
22) Living Off Grid in: TENNESSEE
I bet if you love country music, you’ll love Tennessee. If you love Bluegrass, you’ll love Bristol in 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?
Real GOOD actually!
This landlocked state is actually quite long, stretching out towards Missouri and Arkansas on the west. Through the central and eastern part, the Appalachian mountains run through it. This makes it an ideal candidate for having off-grid friendly lifestyle.
First lets cover weather, and this is where Tennessee has a wide verity compared to all parts of the state. The north and east part of the state gets colder and even gets snow during the winter. Central and western parts tend to stay warmer and rarely see snow. Overall though, every part of the state gets its fair share of rain which would make it an ideal candidate for rain water harvesting.
Tennessee has pretty fair property tax rates on average, coupled with pretty good land prices… it makes for an ideal candidate to move to, especially if you are on a budget.
23) Living Off Grid in: TEXAS
Texas, the state with the most pride. Everything is really 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 wide variety of land to choose from, especially the further west you go towards Midland and Odessa.
There is so much land out there, it will take you a LONG time to prospect everything, especially if you had viewing at different parts of the state. Now what is really good about this state, is the prices the land sits at. You can expect to pay anywhere from a few hundred dollars per acre, to an average $2,000-$3,000 per acre.
When I did a quick search online, I immediately found 51 acres of land for around $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 has can virtually put anything you want on the land... now THAT is good!
The only drawback to owning land in Texas is the higher property tax you'd end up paying, it's some of the highest but still reasonable by comparison to places like New York and New Jersey.
24) Living Off Grid in: UTAH
The first thing most think when the state Utah is brought up, is Mormons.
You’d be correct, but… that’s not the most important things when it comes to off grid living. This state is actually very sparse in most parts, concentrated primarily in the Salt Lake City area.
Utah has a unique environment just like Arizona mentioned earlier.
When it comes down to being the driest and hottest, you better stay in souther Utah. But, if you want to get plenty of snow, you better stay anywhere north of Provo because the elevation gradually goes up as you approach Salt Lake City.
Off grid living isn’t frowned upon because a big majority of the state is spread around disproportionately. Many times the places where people live after you leave the Salt Lake City area, are places where power companies have to really try hard to get their lines there. In many cases it’s not the case, so this results in you needing to use your own renewable energy sources.
Sunshine is bright throughout a big portion of the year, wind can be a leading energy producer as well, and lastly… rain, its something that isn’t so common. The state averages about 18.58” inches throughout the an entire year.
I dug into lots for sale in Utah and the first one that came up was a 12.1 acre lot for $39K. Not too bad, considering the pretty low property tax of just 0.60%. To go off grid in Utah, would be a wise decision.
25) Living Off Grid in: VIRGINIA
Virginia comes near and dear to my heart, considering I spent more than 16 years living there at one point of my life.
Being able to see first hand all types of homes and people there, I didn't really need to do research on this state, because I WAS living there before.
It's a beautiful state, especially if you stay on the western side.
Since a big portion of the population lives near the Washington DC, Arlington and Alexandria area, you'll need to head northwest, west, southwest or east to get back into nature. You'll quickly see beautiful forrest in all direction, farmlands and homes in the mountains (on the western side).
The state usually has a nice spring, hot summer, nice fall, and cold winter which sometimes brings a LOT of snow. Rainfall is something else that you'll find to be beneficial when living off the grid. Since the state has no strict laws on water harvesting, you'll have no issue collecting it and using it to your advantage.
In a nutshell, land prices can be reasonable when looking in the right spots and property tax on an annual basis is something one wouldn't find a big deal, especially if you stay outside the city suburbs or townships.
26) Living Off Grid in: VERMONT
Vermont has a lot more nature than most would expect, as you cross into the state farm you’ll read the sign which says “VERMONT, The Green Mountain State”.
It’s very true, the beautiful rolling hills, majestic wildlife and population numbers which are actually quite low compared to its neighbors.
Vermont is one of those gems of the northeast where you’ll be pleasantly surprised when you actually come and visit.
The further north you go, the more snow you get… that’s obvious, with Vermont you can get at least 70” inches of snow per year on average. When it comes to rainfall you’ll be looking at around 36” inches, on par with the US total average of 39” inches.
As you’d expect, winters are snowy and cold, requiring a proper insulated home to stay comfortable. Spring is beautiful as all the forests become alive again, summer has perfect weather, and fall is where there is major color changes in all leaves…. A stunning sight for those who love fall!
The state isn’t too strict about the requirements for off grid people. 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 biggest in the nation at 1.59%. Finding a fairly cheap piece of land would be crucial to pay the last possible.
27) Living Off Grid in: WASHINGTON STATE
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 on the south, and Canada on the north.
This state is fortunate to have direct access to the Pacific Ocean, which makes 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. It’s kind of like a smaller version of Alaska.. but with just more people.
Weather is something that isn’t unusual to the northwest, it gets plenty of rain especially on the western side. Heavy snow covers the mountains and all remaining higher elevation points. Summer isn’t dominant, however when the sun comes out… its a beautiful sight!
Washington State has plenty of already built communities that have off-grid features build-in. 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 activities!
28) Living Off Grid in: WEST VIRGINIA
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 plentiful forrest covering them.
It’s considered to be one of the most scenic states in the entire nation!
While spare in population, with Charleston City, Huntington City, Parkersburg City and Morgantown City making up the biggest cluster of the population concentration, it makes up for it with natural resource.
Hay is the #1 thing that is grown in the state, followed by apples, corn, grain, soybeans, and even tobacco. If you love peaches, West Virginia has some 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 things up so you can live totally off grid with solar, wind and hydro, isn’t hard. Now you’ll need to find the ideal plot of land, which is very affordable by comparison to its neighbors.
Out of this entire list, West Virginia is in the TOP 5 states to strongly consider.
29) Living Off Grid in: WYOMING
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 through the south and eastern side.
This is the true cowboys countryside with hundreds upon hundreds of mostly flat grasslands.
People here take pride in raising their livestock, especially horses, cows, sheep and many other different animals.
While the weather during the summer is nice, it’s quite cool by comparison to states it’s surrounded by. You’ll have good success in 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.
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 planting a wind turbine and generating electricity that way. The state has abundant rivers and lakes, so hydro power can be another option if you are up for the task.
Last thing I'd like to mention about Wyoming is the cheap land and fair property tax, those two go hand-in-hand when looking for an affordable place to establish an off-grid home.
Look into Wyoming, you'll be glad you did!
Here's The Bottom Line
If someone asks you "what states allow you to live off the grid?", you can easily tell that EVERY state lets you legally live off the grid. The only difference is, it's easier in some than others. Rhode Island, Connecticut, Massachusetts and some other ones make it very difficult in doing so.
When you find your ideal piece of land, please reach out to me at SimplyOffGrid or even just leave a comment below to tell us your experience and what you like and don't like. With this information, we will start to educate the public more and more about living off the grid in the United States.
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My name is Ray. I’m a survivalist, an off-grid fanatic, and a proud married man to a beautiful woman. This website was started to be an educational resource for learning everything there is to getting off the grid and being self sufficient. Contact me if you’d like to connect, right here.