Not every state is friendly towards homesteaders, which can make going off-grid even more difficult than it already is.
You’ll have a much easier time if you homestead in a state that has favorable laws and natural resources for homesteaders.
There aren’t any “perfect” states for homesteaders because every state government wants to dictate how you live to some extent by requiring taxes and permits. However, the ones on this list give you more freedom than most.
Also, this isn’t the definitive list of homesteading states. You can make homesteading work in almost any state, but these states are generally accepted as some of the best ones.
Alaska is called “the last frontier”, and for good reason. It’s one of the few places left where you can almost disappear from society altogether.
With that said, living in Alaska isn’t easy. It takes a certain level of dedication and hardiness to live in Alaska full time.
Many people who move to Alaska underestimate how tough it is and end up leaving after their first winter.
Homesteading in Alaska is common, however, and it’s a great state for homesteaders as long as you’re dedicated enough to live there year-round.
Maybe you’re on a super-strict budget for your homestead. In that case, turn your eyes to Arizona where some of the cheapest land in the country is just waiting for you.
However, you need to understand that the land is cheap for a reason. Homesteading in Arizona pretty much means you’re homesteading in the desert…not the best place for growing crops.
There are ways to make it work, though, and if you don’t have much money to work with, Arizona might be your best choice.
Even though it’s a desert, many homesteaders choose Arizona over other states thanks to its affordability and favorable homesteading laws.
Maine might not be the first state that comes to mind when you think of homesteading, but the northern part of the state is remote, sparsely populated, and incredibly beautiful…the perfect place to set up your homestead!
Homesteading is common in Northern Maine, and because it’s so sparsely populated many areas aren’t incorporated as towns…which means almost no property taxes.
It’s not as cheap as Arizona, but you can still get pretty good deals there. Plus, for the extra money, you’ll get land that’s much more suitable for growing crops and a garden.
Idaho has nutrient-rich soil that’s perfect for growing plants. So if you don’t think you have a green thumb, why not give yourself the advantage of working with top-quality soil?
Idaho also has very favorable gun laws and a long history of protecting the rights and freedoms of its residents. You probably won’t be bothered by the government if you build your homestead in a rural part of the state.
You’ll have an easy time as a homesteader in Idaho if you don’t mind living relatively isolated from others.
When considering the cost of land, don’t forget to factor in property taxes. Property taxes can make a seemingly affordable homestead unaffordable. That’s part of the reason why West Virginia is so great for homesteaders…the property taxes there are some of the lowest in the country.
There are very few zoning ordinances for rural land in West Virginia, though this is slowly starting to change. If you want to move to West Virginia, try to do so before new zoning laws are passed so you can get grandfathered in.
Did I miss your favorite state? If so, tell me in the comments section below about why your state or any other is good for homesteaders.