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Discussion in 'General Preparedness Discussion' started by Gene Backus, Oct 3, 2008.
What is the best state to start homesteading in?
south central Missouri / north central Arkansas, but that is just me. I'm headed south to there as soon as posible.
From Arkansas...best state in the union. lol We are starting our little homestead project in Arkansas. Lots of land available at reasonable prices.
Tough question. I would vote East Texas because the soil is fertile and the Winter's aren't that harsh.
I can work in other states and make more money, but then the cost of living outweighs that benefit. I can work in other states and make less money, but the quality of living sucks a big one *cough*Arkansas*cough* Texas is a happy median. It is also a state that covers many different terrian and living conditions. You can have big city or country rural. There's enough elbow room to get away from everyone or you can live a yell away from anyone. As far as resources for self-sustainment, I'll put Texas up against ANY other state. There really isn't much that any other state has to offer that could take me out of Texas.
All this coming from a boy, born and raised in California.
Denny, my second choice would be either Texas or Oklahoma. I worked in Sulphur Springs east of Dallas a few years back on a little commercial project. I was there for a month. I was married in Dallas in 1990. My wife would love to be in Texas though.
Born in LA and lived there for 44 yrs. Been in Texas in Spring 2 minutes from The Woodlands for a little over a year. I can't imagine it getting any better than this - God's Country for sure. But, the property taxes are straight from Hell at $450/mth.
Keep in mind taxes before you move and compare closely. You can get cheaper - something to do with school districts. I haven't figured out the details on this yet and we did pick this particular subdivision for the good school.
I live in Ellis County, which is just the county south of Dallas County. I'm about 20 minutes from downtown Dallas. I live in a nice residential neighborhood and pay $110 a month for taxes.
There are tons of people in this area (new jersey) who would LOVE to pay $450 a month in taxes
The quality of life in **cough**Arkansas**cough**...lol...may not be the greatest, but my land here has property taxes of less than $10/year. That will be going up soon I am sure, but until then...
I was just pickin' on ya, being a neighboring state and all. I think that Ar-Kansas is one of the safest and stable places to raise a family... as long as you keep the kids in private schools.
I know Denny, me too on the kiddin'. We moved to Idaho for 3 years and will be returning to Arkansas this week for good. Made us realize how much we appreciate Dixie and the like. Texas is my second favorite sate since we are no longer in the South West Conference (college sports) GO HOGS!!! Arkansas is home and family. You are absolutely right, public schools are not that great. They own your kids. I am 2 semesters from a teaching degree in English, science/biology, and history and my wife has the music and biology degrees. We chose to start homeschooling when we return to Arkansas. We homeschooled them when they were all little and they all did really well in public school this past three years in Idaho. My father was an educator as well, so the decision to homeschool was not an easy one.
I would say Texas as the winters are not that harsh here. That's my preference though, because I get cold easily and can't stand freezing my butt off!
Hi, I live in suburban Ohio but have experience with living without running water, tv. etc and living off our garden and soup beans in the hollers of Kentucky. We are beginning our homesteading journey.
With two adult sons with families we are looking at land in Ohio and Kentucky. I would love to hear from anyone homesteading 50 to 100 acres in that area.
I grew up in jersey glad I left years ago
Taxes on my little farm in East Texas are not bad especially when you consider that there are no state income taxes here either.
Montana's terrible, wide open country, few people around, loose gun laws, plenty of places to get lost in. Yup, horrible, wouldn't recommend it to anyone. Did I mention we're full up?
We are making our stand in east central Alabama and there alot of good reasons and some not so good. Land is cheap, taxes are low the growing season is long and the hunting season is longer. The climate is generally tolerable with the exception of a few days in summer when the heat and humidity can be pretty tough. The schools are lousy but that is true of most places. There are plenty of homestead possibilities all across the state. The jobs situation is horrible over much of the state. Yee Haw come on down!
Virginia is personally my favorite, although NC is my second vote (got family with land in the no where zone). Lots of growing opportunities. Most vegetables and many fruit trees will thrive here. Animals do fine. We have all four seasons. Not just a summer and winter.
Schools are good in my area. Its up to the parent to teach the kid who to associate with.
Politiics- Our Governor and Attorney General are doing a good job. Gun rights are getting better and our cultural history is being respected. Currently a republican state, VA has a history of voting the opposite of federal majority.
Jobs- horrible, like the rest of the country. Worse the farther south you go in VA. Cost of living is drastically different. Depending on location. Go North (DC area) it takes a lot more to live.
PS don't live near DC. That would be the last place on earth I would want to live, New York City is a close second.
Southern Iowa. Yeah, winters suck, but the soil is damn near perfect, good amount of timber and wildlife, there really aren't any wild animals that could kill you (maybe a rare mountain lion), low population, plenty of water, and the summers are pretty tolerant. I lived in Texas and there were too many bugs, snakes, criminals, and people. That, and it was incredibly hot. Other than that, I loved Texas, but I would rather make a go of it in Southern Iowa. :beercheer: