Have you considered the freedom, independence, and self-reliance you’ll achieve by living off the electrical grid? In 2023, it’s never made more sense to so many people. But what are the best places to live off the grid in the USA?
Continue reading along to learn about the best places to live off-grid. No matter which country you’re from! We’ll also discuss many considerations you need before choosing the best location for your off-gridding lifestyle.
Let’s not waste any time here today. I’m excited about this!
Annnnnd, we’re off!
What Is Off-Grid Living?
Off-grid living is an attitude and a lifestyle based on a deep internal desire to live more independently, away from the masses in the cities.
While many homesteaders consider the term off-grid to only pertain to the electrical grid, many modern folks prefer to live without water or sewage services and other commodities in towns and cities.
Of course, that doesn’t mean living without electricity, water, natural gas, or a proper sewage system. It just means sourcing these resources independently instead of relying on the city government to do it for you.
Next, we should examine some of the enticing benefits of an off-grid lifestyle.
After that, we’ll look at the vital factors you must consider before choosing any location to begin living this adventuresome, close-to-nature lifestyle.
Now you know this is fun!
Benefits of Off-Grid Living
Before we dive in and talk about how wonderful it is to live off-grid (which it is!), let’s have a few words of reality-checking.
Living off the grid isn’t always pleasurable and easy. It’s hard work – like anything worth pursuing. It requires a lot of work on a repetitive basis – like the following.
- Ensuring that your electrical system remains in proper working order
- Gardening your veggies, herbs, and fruits
- Procuring and stocking firewood
- Harvesting and filtering water
- Being prepared for weather emergencies
- Being responsible for your safety and security
- And loads of other off-grid-lifestyle-specific responsibilities
However, this alternative lifestyle is becoming more and more popular, on a worldwide basis, for a lot of good reasons, even though the previously-mentioned challenges will be present.
Some of the most beneficial aspects of living off-grid include achieving a greater sense of personal fulfillment, living more independently, saving a lot of money on unnecessary purchases, helping to make the global environment more sustainable, lowering your carbon footprint, and being surrounded by the beauty of nature, free of the hustle, bustle, crime, and busyness of the cities.
6 Important Factors for Choosing the Best Place to Live Off the Grid
Living off-grid in one location will be an entirely different experience than living off-grid somewhere else. It’s wise to consider some critical location-specific factors before living off-grid anywhere, even in established off-grid communities. They include:
- The weather conditions that you will have to live with
- The community of people who will live nearby you and be your neighbors
- The cost of the land
- The governmental regulations you will be subject to
- The quality of the land you’re considering living on
- The availability of clean water
Let’s analyze these critical factors more closely so that you can better understand what to look for when choosing the best place to live off-grid for you and your family.
Are you the kind of person who likes four seasons every year, as I do? Or do you prefer sunshine and warm temps all the time? Or something else?
Consider which climate best suits you and your family’s wants and desires. Also, very importantly, changing seasons present different challenges for homesteaders.
Think about how you will get through brutally cold winters if you choose to live somewhere where frigid temperatures are the norm.
Likewise, how will you stay cool during heated summers in a tropical location? And what about the rain and wind? Are you prepared to battle tornadic weather conditions?
It’s all about location. Research prospective locations for your off-grid lifestyle by doing an Internet search for something like “historical weather patterns in Texas, USA.”
That’ll be a perfect starting spot to understand how you would face natural disasters like drought, hurricanes, tornadoes, earthquakes, flooding, and wildfires. It all matters if you’re considering living there permanently.
When you live off-grid, you still have neighbors somewhere nearby, even if they’re 20 miles away. And that’s a good thing because everybody needs somebody now and then.
However, it’s still an intelligent move to research who your neighbors will be, their belief systems, and how they will respond to you being in their neck of the woods.
Stop by and say hello. See how your neighbors make you feel. It matters, especially if they are right up the road from your homestead – and doubly so if they are in earshot.
Typically, it’s no big deal. And most off-grid homesteaders tend to get along famously. However, we all know that some people seem to have problems with everybody.
And, of course, you’ll want to get along with your neighbors, whether you ever visit and talk with them or not. It’s good to be able to drive by, give a friendly wave, and know that there’s no animosity, only respect.
Cost of Land
Be aware of the potential pitfalls of cheap land and know that price should not be your first consideration when choosing the best off-grid location to launch a homestead. How many acres of land will be best? An enticingly low price tag is often symbolic of the land’s quality.
Maybe there was a chemical spill there in the past. Maybe there’s no available clean water for miles. Research these variables before committing to buying your off-grid tract.
Unfortunately, we all have to deal with the regulations and rules set forth by our local governments. So before you decide on any particular location to live off-grid, research the following.
- Local building codes
- Rules about raising livestock
- Clean water sources and harvesting laws
- Guidelines specifically about living off of the electrical grid. (Normally a bad sign.)
- Other regulations that will affect the way that you are allowed to operate your homestead
If you are like me, you like as little governmental interference in your life as possible. Own your land. Pay your taxes. Don’t break any laws. And look for a place with the smallest government. Enjoy the natural beauty.
That’s my advice, anyway. 🙂
Land quality typically coincides with the price of a parcel of land. Ideally, you would want to set up your homestead in a location with a climate that you find desirable, a low probability of experiencing a natural disaster, no history of toxic chemical spillage, the ready availability of clean water, and plenty of annual rainfall to grow your garden in rich soil.
From washing your hands to planting a seed, maintaining a clean home, cooking food, and so much more, our water supply is second in importance to life only after the air that we breathe. It’s tricky to live with any degree of comfort without a ready source of clean water.
So, water availability is vital when choosing the best location to live off-grid. Look for an off-grid site with easy access to water from a clean lake, pond, spring, river, or a functioning well that’s safe to use.
Now, let’s get to what I believe to be four of the absolute best USA states to live off-grid in.
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Where Can I Live Off-Grid In The USA?
The ready availability of Internet service, composting toilets, solar power systems, water collection systems, hydroponic gardening systems, wind generators, and various other products and systems make living off-grid possible just about anywhere in the world.
It’s not IF you can live off-grid. But if you are allowed to legally.
Again, back to the government.
Whether you’re in Canada, the United States, Australia, or anywhere else in the world, you are subject to the rules and regulations set forth by the government of that locality.
In some municipalities, some laws restrict using products like composting toilets, rain harvesting systems, solar electric systems, and other products that off-grid enthusiasts typically use.
Other localities have rules against raising livestock like goats, sheep, rabbits, chickens, swine, cattle, and other animals that many homesteaders raise for companionship, ecological purposes, meat, eggs, milk, fur, revenue, and other purposes – even though people have been doing this for many, many thousands of years!
So, back to the point, where can you live off-grid in the United States?
Well, you’ll have to research each location. However, the following are my top four picks for the best places to live off grid in the USA.
They are as follows:
Let’s look at each of these states closer. And specifically, how they accommodate the off-grid lifestyle.
My mother was from Kentucky. My father was from Kentucky. I was born in Ohio. And now own land in Kentucky. I love Kentucky!
Kentucky is a beautiful state located in the Heartland of the USA. And it offers a distinct combination of affordable land, some of the lowest costs for living in the country, low property taxes, and a long agricultural season with plenty of rain and subtropical climatic conditions. The perfect place to live off the grid.
Kentucky also gives you much warmer, shorter-lasting, and less intense winters than Ohio, where I spent much of my life. You’ll find land prices in Kentucky to be significantly less than in most other states in the US. Kentucky is also abundant in wildlife, making hunting excellent year-round.
And its aforementioned subtropical climatic conditions make it perfect for a long gardening season, allowing you to maximize your food storage for the winter.
And most importantly to me, at least in my neck of the woods in Kentucky, no overzealous local governmental authorities are harassing me or any of my homesteading neighbors.
We all love to take care of ourselves without needing any intervention from legal authorities. We watch our backs. We help each other when needed. The way life should be.
And you know what?
We never have any problems here!
Montana is an excellent choice of state to begin homesteading, especially if you aspire to conduct any ranching operation.
Speaking of ranching, one serious concern about Montana land is the probability of experiencing ruthless Prairie winds. The winds make a mountainous location more attractive for most off-grid homesteaders. A mountain location will also make the cold winter months more bearable.
The only thing I can see good about homesteading in a prairie-winded location for those not needing grasslands for livestock rearing would be to harvest wind power with wind turbines.
But there’s no way I would move to a place like that.
I’m all for a nice, cool breeze. But unending attacking winds, no thanks!
I’ll stay in the mountains.
Like Montana, Oklahoma presents a wide range of off-the-power-grid living – offering windy grasslands in the west for livestock farmers and more sheltered mountainous locations in the east for those who don’t want to have to deal with the unending blowing. (That would be me. I can’t stand constant wind!)
Oklahoma offers off-grid tenants an alluring blend of affordable land, ecological diversity, mild winters, dewy sweet summers, and loads of natural waterways, ponds, and lakes. All within Positioned in America’s Heartland.
Oklahoma also offers prime forested regions with superior hunting, trapping, and fishing opportunities. Important for our list of best places to live off the grid!
And who the heck doesn’t like mouthwatering smoked salmon and delectable braised rabbit?
I have to stop now. My mouth is watering!
After Alaska, Texas is by far the largest in the United States. As such, it offers a wide range of ecological diversity, natural resources, fishing and hunting opportunities, and affordable land.
The one thing to watch out for most when considering purchasing a piece of land off of the electric grid in Texas is the availability of potable water. Water is unavailable in locations throughout the state. You may not find ample water as in other states, like Kentucky.
Certain areas in Texas are prone to drought during hot summers with almost no rainfall. On the positive side, it makes some land throughout The Lonestar State very affordable and easy to purchase. If you’re considering this route to choose an off-grid location, plan for water harvesting and purification.
Solar energy isn’t likely going to be an issue!
And if you’re a hardcore off-grid buff, certain counties in Texas have no building codes. None whatsoever! You can be sure not to have anybody breathing down your back about what you do on your property, which some people, including me, find very enticing.
However, in 2023, with the current influx of illegal immigrants, you may want to choose a more populated area where you’ll have neighbors, building codes, and public safety officers because the situation may take a while to get better.
Still, overall, Texas represents one of the ripest tapestries for off-gridding opportunities compared to anywhere else in the United States of America. If you want to get off the electrical grid, be smart about it. Conduct your research. And consider the many advantages that Texas has to offer as one of the best places to live off the grid.
Final Thoughts about Living Off-Grid In the USA In 2023
Living in an off-grid home is an atypical lifestyle that makes sense to more and more people every year. It’s a return to sanity for many when we see where the world has gone and where it seems to be going increasingly. Off-grid living, in my book, is just a logical return to better ways of going through life.
If you are considering changing from a traditional to an off-grid lifestyle, give it some deliberate and unrushed thought. Talk with your loved ones and family about the move. If you’re embracing off-gridding as a lifestyle, everything will become different.
In my case, everything became better. But I believe that’s because I had an intelligent plan. It didn’t happen overnight. I worked for several years to make it happen. It’s still a work in progress, but the rewards are beyond anything I can write here.
Thank you for reading along! And I hope you have enjoyed learning valuable information about the best places to live off the grid in the USA, Canada, Australia, or anywhere else on this beautiful planet!
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