I have to say that if you have money and are retired and do not have to find a job then Michigan is a wonderful state that has plenty of water, great soils(you might have to work on them if you buy pine/oak woods tho) and most of the time pretty decent summer weather. Now the winters can be cold and snowy but if you prepair properly you should have too many problems.
The wild game is pretty plentiful(darned things tend to invade my garden all the time) fishing is pretty good too.
Worst things-we do get some intense storms here and there lately. Our taxes are about $85 a month unless you live in a big city.
I hate to say this tho--I LOVE MY STATE bad and good I don't wanna live anywhere else.
I have lived in MO and now live in AR. They are both great affordable states to live in, but I do believe the Ozarks are a bit over rated for growing crops. So many stones. Raised beds are the only way to go there. The people that are orignally from there are friendly from a distance. They sell their property to outsiders because there really isn't that much $$ floating around for the locals, but they really resent the invasion. If you do plan to buy there please never tell a local "back home" we did it this way or that way. They will invite you to go back home.
Texas is not good . We don't have beautiful warm beaches :beercheer: We don't have mild winters :2thumb:. We don't have wide open spaces :wave: We don't have the hill country & its vinyards We don't have a low cost of living and besides it gets hot here and it does not get hot anywhere else. :scratch
As you can see I list both Montana and Texas as homes... I spent almost 40 years in MT... and love it... still do and still keep my residency there... my winter digs are in East TX..
I grew up in Okla...lived in Calipornia for 10 years.. Maine for a year Alaska for a year settled on MT
Having said this.. Montana is not an easy place to live if your trying to survive.. Winters are very long , very cold and it takes tons of fire wood to keep warm if there is nothing else.. growing season some years is on a Monday or maybe a Thursday... true story folks..I'm not trying to scare you off... another thing you need to know is that as hard to believe as it is..MT is turning into a Liberal bastion ... and has been for years and getting worse.. why I can't say but try to get some good gun bills thru the state house and they stall out in committees...and stay there.. even most of the GOP types are RINOs..
Eastern MT is more conservative but really barren country.. not lacking in beauty but just dry and flat and hard to make a living in...
I just spent several days in AR with a lady friend who is looking for land up there... what I saw sucked! sorry folks but hell even the realtor we talked to showed us a map of how to find his listings but didn't go with us... he did warn us about the folks living out there..another person the LOM knows who lives in AR said they wanted to sell but couldn't find a buyer because the rural areas were full of Meth labs.. and as a former LEO I gotta say it looked like it.. where there wasn't junk yards surrounding trashy trailers was all thick brush....
I've been in a lot of places that sucked bt AR is top of the list..my son lives there and fits right in... nuff said
I think Oklahoma.. it has the most gun friendly laws of any state... the people are friendly .. not so in AR...
Growing season in South east OK is very good ..East TX is outstanding.. thats just my 2 cents worth... but I'd think long and hard about AR..
After travelling extensively around the US and the world, we decided to plant our roots in EAST TENNESSEE. Here is our top 3 for why we picked East Tennessee.
1. Rural folks are down to earth, ingenious inventors, have generations of country skills, and will do anything to help others. Sure their are exceptions to this rule, but not many. We have built a network of friends how have taught us the traditional mountain way of living, sharing, trading and bartering.
2. Cost of living is extremly reasonable. We enjoy living just above the poverty line. The simple life is the good life.
3. No State income tax. (although there is a tax on food)
North Carolina has a lot to offer. From Mountains to Piedmont to the Coast, you can pretty much pick your poison, and the soil is plenty fertile with enough rainfall to grow most anything you could want. (I say that, but I live in Virginia) I'm been around the homesteading/ self-sufficient living ideology for a little while now, but am just recently learning how to transition and implement it into reality. It would seem to me however, that the simplest way to begin homesteading, might be to just stay local to where you currently are, especially if you have been there for a while. I would think you would be light years ahead knowing the climate, what grows, what doesn't, and what the state regulations are for things like vehicle inspections, taxes, and weapons. Of course, some of those things may be reason in themselves to move, but I am trying to minimize as many variable as possible as my family makes the transition.