The Homesteading Act of 1862 granted free tracts of land to would-be farmers, courtesy of the federal government, in an effort to bring settlers to certain areas. While those days are long gone, certain underpopulated states are now extending a similar offer. Homesteading today might seem like just a dream, but what if you could get land for free?
Remember that the free land does not bring with it a free house. If given land in these areas, you will most likely need to build on the property within a given time frame and to certain specifications. Some areas require proof of funds along with your application. Others expect to see blueprints within 6 months of receiving the land. Each city has its own stipulations.
Another factor to keep in mind is the nature of these underpopulated areas. They are considered “growing communities” and may be lacking in amenities, infrastructure, and entertainment.
If you enjoy peace and quiet or want to live off the grid, this could be the ideal scenario for you. You could live surrounded by nature and legally avoid paying property and/or state taxes.
With increasing cost of living, especially real estate costs, and stagnant wages, free land might be your ticket to secure a brighter future for yourself and your family.
See the list of 11 places you can get free land on page 2.