Homesteading in Oregon

Homesteading in Oregon – 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) : $2,050


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:  None available

Cons:None available




4 thoughts on “Homesteading in Oregon

  • July 26, 2015 at 12:58 pm

    Pros–beautiful, wet (especially western Oregon), and fertile.

    Cons–Cascadia fault is likely to severely destroy much of what is west of I-5.

    • October 30, 2017 at 12:59 pm

      The destruction of every thing west of I-5 is largely over exaggerated and has been blown way out of proportion by the media. While true that we will have significant issues to deal with like highways damaged, power out, communications hampered, proper planning is key. I am always amazed when I see news stories of stores being stripped before a storm and thinking to myself why aren’t they just always ready given where they live? Our communities are preparing in case of an earthquake or Tsunami and hopefully most of us are paying attention. First and foremost is being able to survive on our own for 2 weeks to 3 months without outside help once the ground stops shaking since highways will have to be repaired first. In the event of a Tsunami, those that live along low lying rivers or below 50 above sea level need to know their Tsunami evacuation route and have a pre-packed bag ready to go. Whether you live in an earthquake, Tornado, Hurricane, or other severe weather zone you should have a supply of non-perishable food, water purification ability (camping retailers carry great ones that are inexpensive, easy to use and can filter up to 1 million gallons and Life Straws are a must for your vehicle and “go bag”), a means to heat water and cook whether that is a propane camp stove, or as simple as a fire pit in the backyard, emergency shelter such as a tent in case of structural damage to your house, a well stocked first aid kit, emergency AM/FM radio, solar lights, flashlights, batteries, candles, etc. Those that homestead, live off grid, or choose camping as recreation are already way more prepared than the average person to handle providing for their families own needs rather than relying on the local grocery store in an emergency situation. That said, I am thankful my property is 200 feet above sea level, and if we sold and moved we would keep Tsunami risk factors as part of the decision making process west of the Cascades, but the climate and terrain lend itself beautifully to homesteading.

  • February 20, 2017 at 7:42 pm

    im 62 wife 52 need to know if living off grid is appropriate at our ages


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