One question often asked of me and in forums is ‘where is the best place to homestead’.  That is a difficult question to answer, as we all have our own likes, dreams and desires for what we feel is a perfect homestead site.

However, there is some great information out there about the locations you might be looking at for homesteading – like climate, geography, soils, laws, homeschooling, cost of land etc.   I have tried to pull a selection of these links together by state/province (when available).

So I asked a pile of homesteaders what they consider the pros and cons of homesteading in their state, and included their comments in the pages.


You will find additional USA-wide information in the following blog posts:

Where to Homestead – fracking, nuclear power plants, wind energy potential.

Where to Homestead: crime, guns and thefts.

Where to Homestead in the USA – additional maps.

I hope you find this summary useful.

USA States & Canadian Territories



9 thoughts on “Where to Homestead

  • July 19, 2015 at 8:11 am

    Down state Illinois is very conducive to this life style, four seasons, great for growing, adequate moisture, affordable land [down state} great soil, close, but far enough away to maintain privacy, I purchased 12 acres 10 tillable, with a mobil home, two wells, taxes less than $300 a year, 1/2 mile from small town, great like minded neighbors, jobs 12 miles away, for less than $10,000 you have to vigilant but it is there, another place I bought for $16000 with a house and 4 acres, the house needed a remodel, got 4 acres at a tax sale for $1200, winters can be hardy, and summers hot but that passes, you have to take the good with the bad, as with any place.

  • July 19, 2015 at 11:13 pm

    Georgia. Four seasons. Depending on where you live, you’ll get red clay up north, or sand in the south. Humidity is high, but you learn to live with it. (We garden at sunrise and sunset.) Neighbors are friendly. We’re between 4 small towns – the closest is 10 miles away. Jobs are 20 minutes – 2 hours away, depending on your vocation. The state university for agriculture is an hour away, and they’re great for helping you learn what you’re interested in raising. I live on the family estate on two acres, and no need to buy any land (yet) until I start expanding, but I wouldn’t live anywhere else. We have good water, taxes are reasonable, and the neighbors are great.

    • September 20, 2016 at 3:24 pm

      Hi Denise! Where in GA do you live? We are interested in GA for homesteading and want to be surrounded by like-minded folks so we have access to organic/local milk/trades/homesteading clubs.


  • July 26, 2015 at 10:53 am

    Interesting nothing about the prime farming state itself -Iowa? Lots of great land all around the state as long as you stay about 100 miles radius out of the center of the state.

    • February 11, 2016 at 8:08 pm

      Thanks so much Suzanne 🙂 I have updated the link for others….


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