Often I am asked where is the best place have a homestead. That’s a question that only YOU can answer for yourself. There are just so many factors to take into consideration.
Click here to go to the state-by-state pages with guides to a lot of factors – such as climate, geography, building codes, homestead laws, homeschooling (‘Where to Homestead” pages)
On a broader scale, here is some information that is country wide.
Where to homestead – a US broader view
State maps of average rainfall for the USA (Hawai is not included here).
Excellent information on severe storm rates across the nation.
The 2012 USDA Plant Hardiness Zone Map is the standard by which gardeners and growers can determine which plants are most likely to thrive at a location. The map is based on the average annual minimum winter temperature, divided into 10-degree F zones. You can click on each state to get a more detailed map.
This site has all the US states listed. Click on the state you are interested in and then you can zoom in on the map. You can see the size of towns and their population density of areas.
This soils map of the United States was created from the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization digital soils map of the world. On it soils are classified into zones based on a a number of ‘agronomic’ factors. Soils with a high number of limiting factors are problematic and require remediation for agricultural production – so zone -8. The best soils for agriculture have no or few limiting factors – so zone -0.
This is a Map of the political breakdown of the country based on the party of the standing Governor for each state (pre 2016). You can find further breakdowns based on state and federal voting here. This link is current data post 2016 election.