Best Places To Live Off-Grid: Top 5 U.S. States For Quiet Living, According To Experts
If you’ve ever wanted to get away from the hustle and bustle of city life, off-grid living may have piqued your interest. Abraham Lincoln even seemed to like the idea, saying, “The greatest fine art of the future will be the making of a comfortable living from a small piece of land.” Thankfully, the U.S. has some great options available to make your off-grid dream come true — but its best to first know which states are friendliest for such a lifestyle.
“Off-grid” simply means a home isn’t connected to the local power grid; therefore, it requires its own energy source, such as solar panels. However, this type of lifestyle is about so much more for the people who pursue it — connecting with nature, leaving less of an environmental footprint, having a more affordable home with land and being self-sufficient.
Consulting company Accenture forecast that 12 percent of American households will be off-grid by 2035! Another factor driving Americans out of the suburbs? Data safety. A survey reveals that half of Americans would consider living off the grid in order to keep their data safe.
Whatever your desire for going off-grid, some states are more popular places to live off the land than others. We’ve created a list of the best states to claim your slice of country heaven, based on what the experts say. Their reviews take into consideration factors, such as land cost, legalities of self-generated utilities and availability of renewable energy. If you have your own recommendations for the best places to go off-grid, please share them with us in the comments below!
The List: Best Off-Grid States In U.S., According to Experts
Sweet home(stead) Alabama.
Off Grid Permaculture ranks this state No. 1, writing, “I considered 6 main categories of factors. Cost of living, freedom of lifestyle, water availability, how easy it is to grow food there, energy availability, and the community in that area. Each of these areas pulled in data from multiple sources, which I used to rank each state on a scale of 10 in each of those categories. Then I combined the categories by how important I think each one is, in order to come up with the overall score for each state.”
It’s top-ranking on more than one list.
“Alabama got the best overall score, and many southern states weren’t far behind. The warm climate and affordable price of land makes these areas particularly attractive for off-grid living,” Valley Food Storage writes.
Source: Study Finds