Homesteading in Ohio

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

homesteading in ohio

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) : $5,550


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:  Neither too hot or too cold. Level ground.

Cons: Don’t really know any.

Deb, 5 acres

Pros:  Many of the rural areas have no zoning at all. Wooded or flat properties are plentiful, often with both. Springs, ponds and creeks are common and easy to find properties that have them. While we don’t have mountains, southern Ohio is the beginnings of the Appalachian foothills, and is beautiful.

Cons: Winters make it tough for year round gardening. Lots of big ag farming. Fracking is growing by leaps and bounds here.

Lesley, 2 acres

Pros:  Crop failures are unheard of,  agriculture is the state’s #1 industry! There are lots of homesteaders and Amish.

Cons: Land taxes, school taxes. Droughts during summer months.

Ben, 53 acres




9 thoughts on “Homesteading in Ohio

  • February 19, 2016 at 8:42 pm

    Moving back to central Ohio, lived in Florida last two years. I just wanted to hello to all my homestead families out there.

  • December 28, 2016 at 2:27 pm

    How do you get started? My family of 5 (my husband, myself and 3 children) want to homestead. We want to live off what we provide for our self. We are a young family and this would be our first home purchase. We are lower income and lower credit score.. Looking for our next step and if we have options. We currently reside in southwest Ohio.

  • April 11, 2017 at 8:21 pm

    Our family of five is also looking into transitioning more into the homesteading lifestyle though we are living on less than a quarter lot, our backyard is in the process of turning into all edible! Hoping we will also be allowed to get some rabbits to raise for meat and if we are allowed to have any hens for some fresh eggs. Anyone in the Moorefield Township area near Springfield, OH know if Northridge is allowed to have a few hens and some rabbits?

    • June 16, 2017 at 6:39 am

      I think townships in ohio can have farm animals. All in NE are able to.

  • July 6, 2017 at 3:02 am

    Would anyone consider mentoring into homesteading. My name is Jennifer
    Ty jen plz txt me at 809 4738

  • August 11, 2017 at 3:52 am

    I’m wanting to homestead. 1 acre would be great. I come from a farming family. I’m 60 years old, i am on disability. Would love to have some animals and a garden again. I need something to call mine. I need a home and a way of life again .

  • August 18, 2017 at 8:52 pm

    Hi my name is Jesse and I’m 32m looking to homestead and help someone out on there land. I can be reached at 5133255970

  • October 12, 2017 at 11:10 am

    Questions on zoning in Salem township. Can really find anything. Help please

    • October 12, 2017 at 11:13 am

      Can’t find anything. (Autocorrect)
      Just want to make sure


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