Homesteading in Arizona

Homesteading in Arizona- here is a summary of some of the important considerations for starting off your homestead journey in this state.


Climate  – Click on the city/town links for more ‘local’ data

Geography – general geographic information

Geology  – geologic information (what rocks do we find)

Legal/Tax considerations

Building codes

Agricultural statistics

Home schooling

Average land price per acre (2013) : $3,740


Homesteader Comments

Read below what real homesteaders in this state think the pros and cons for living and homesteading here.  Add your own in the comments!

Pros:  The weather is warm.  Also, there are so many more activities here to do for retired people.

Cons: It is a Republican controlled state so most people I meet are either Republican or tea partiers.   Also, the health care system here is more complicated because there see to be so many more specialties and so many more referrals to deal with.

Jill, 0.25 acres



15 thoughts on “Homesteading in Arizona

  • July 24, 2015 at 10:11 am

    Northeast AZ, in the White Mountain region is a wonderful area for homesteading. We have a mild 4 seasons with summer highs in the low 90s and winter lows in the 20s. Land is cheap! We paid $30,000 for 40 acres with $250 per year property tax. We also have a rare commodity here that the rest of AZ covets. WATER! Well depths here are in the 75-250 ft range where elsewhere in AZ those depths will reach 750 ft or more. Search real estate in and around Show Low (the biggest town in the area), Snowflake and Springerville. I think you might find what you are looking for!

    • November 29, 2016 at 8:42 pm

      I though homesteading was not purchasing. Why did you make a purchase of property and call it homesteading?

      • May 7, 2017 at 12:21 pm

        1. a dwelling with its land and buildings, occupied by the owner as a home and exempted by a homestead law from seizure or sale for debt.
        2. any dwelling with its land and buildings where a family makes its home.
        3. a tract of land acquired under the Homestead Act.
        4. a house in an urban area acquired under a homesteading program.
        verb (used with object)
        5. to acquire or settle on (land) as a homestead:
        Pioneers homesteaded the valley.
        verb (used without object)
        6. to acquire or settle on a homestead:
        They homesteaded many years ago.

    • January 30, 2017 at 11:45 am

      Thank you for sharing this information! It’s really helpful.

    • March 26, 2017 at 7:59 am

      Brian, your comment is almost two years old but I was hoping to get in touch with you and pick your brains. We are currently looking at purchasing land close to St. Johns, but the idea of living in high desert is new to us an intimidating.

      • October 14, 2017 at 12:47 pm

        I purchased land outside saint johns. I too am looking for info. Trying to find someone to drive out and get a feel, pics, vids of what I bought. Taking care of elder relative makes it impossible for me to travel. Grace

    • February 17, 2018 at 10:19 pm

      Yours is an older post, but I have some questions about rural utilities, firewood availability, wind turbine laws, etc. in your part of the state. Do you still monitor this site?

  • September 5, 2016 at 8:08 am

    So, it being a Repub controlled state is a bad thing?
    Little bias are we?

    • June 3, 2017 at 12:18 am

      I’m sure he’s a little bias.. but more prejudice than bias..
      .. but i’m a bit surprised he called it a Rep. state? because it sure doesn’t seem like one? +they want to protect and give sanctuary to people coming into the country illegally?
      so I’m not seeing that as a Repub.. state.. I find it more of a Dem. state .
      they scream they don’t want a wall . .they want the borders open.

      Maybe the 50 Dem’s that live in AZ are louder than the Repub’s ?? who knows. 🙂

  • September 5, 2016 at 8:09 am

    How about cons: 110+ degree in some places and minimal water outlets

  • November 26, 2016 at 12:20 pm

    We moved here from the valley and I would now never want to live anywhere else. The people here are laid back and friendly even if they don’t know you and I feel close to God here . If I had thought about homesteading I would have checked it out first good luck I will pray something opens up for you

  • December 28, 2017 at 6:02 pm

    I’m at the beginning of my research on Homesteading in AZ. Our family’s main needs are sunshine, if you know about SAD, sun and warmth are important. Humid and muggy climate hasn’t treated us so well since we have some allergy issues that we hope to get some relief from. A couple of years ago we stayed in Safford with some friends for 7 mos. Coming from MN it seemed they had to work at least twice as hard to produce a fraction of what could be done here, so I know that area is out of the question for us. Maybe since I have family in Tucson, I have been drawn to the southeast corner near Pearce. Looks like there’s a little more green/rain/fertile soil. Any input on that area from anyone would be fantastic!

  • January 23, 2018 at 5:24 am

    I’m looking at moving back to Arizona I’m a Tempe Arizona native but have been stuck on the east coast. What’s the most affordable area for homesteading ? Is it still shylo?


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