Best States to Buy Your Prepping Property

Rich M.
By Rich M. April 20, 2020 09:28

Best States to Buy Your Prepping Property

Probably the ultimate dream for many of us preppers is to have that cabin in the woods for our survival retreat.

Many of us would take that a step farther and just move into the cabin permanently, forgetting the city and living off-grid. I’ve wanted that for years, but I’d also want my patch of woods to be close enough to the city, that I could go into town for groceries, restaurants, movies, and trips to the hardware store, without it taking all day.

As our population grows, finding that ideal place to buy such a property is becoming harder and harder. It’s not that there isn’t any land out there, but rather, the land that’s either exorbitantly priced or not so desirable. Still, there is land available, if you know where to look.

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Of course, that land may not be all that convenient to get to. That’s something else to take into consideration.

If you live in New York and buy land for a prepper getaway, otherwise known as a survival shelter, in Kentucky, will you be able to get there in a time of crisis? Probably not. But you could move to Kentucky and find a job there or find a way to telecommute from your new prepper property in Kentucky.

Before we look at some potential states to buy your dream property in, let’s take a moment to look at some criteria that you need to consider:

  • Remote Location – Ideally, any prepper property would be in a remote location; somewhere where you don’t have to worry about neighbors or roving gangs coming to get your supplies. If you can have it remote enough that I’m someplace where nobody is going to find it, so much the better.
  • Ease of Resupply – While we want our survival shelters to be far enough out in the boondocks to make them hard to find, we also need to consider the ease of getting into town for resupply, especially if we plan on living there, rather than just using it for a survival retreat. Besides, we’ll need to get materials and supplies in there to build it.
  • Availability of Water – A prepping property probably isn’t going to come with city water; nor are we likely to find a property with a stream or river on it. But it’s essential to have water, either from rainwater or from a well.
  • Electrical Power? – While we all would love to go off-grid, generating enough electrical power to live like we’re accustomed to that way is a real challenge. You either need lots of solar panels or to change your lifestyle considerably. The other option is to buy a property where electric power is available to use, while you build up your off-grid capability.
  • Natural Resources – Regardless of what you buy and how much you stockpile, you’re eventually going to need to use the resources that nature provides you with, specifically hunting for food and wood for the fire.
  • Natural Disasters – As much as possible, you want to have your prepping property located somewhere where there is a low probability of natural disasters. California earthquake country or anything on the Gulf Coast that’s subject to hurricanes probably won’t make an ideal place for a survival shelter.

With that in mind, here are the top states I can find for building a prepping property in. Some actually have widespread communities of people who are all preppers or properties which are sold just for preppers.

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If you can afford it, the Colorado Rockies has to be the ideal place for a prepping paradise.

Maybe I’m a bit prejudiced because I grew up there and my first experiences in survival training were there, but I tend to think of the mountains of Colorado when I think of survival retreats.

But then, they have everything you might need, including good rainfall (or snowfall), lots of trees and lots of game.

Idaho & Montana

Idaho and the Western part of Montana are rapidly becoming a prepper paradise, with lots of people buying property there.

The population is lower than that in Colorado, there’s good rainfall and plenty of game; maybe more than in Colorado.

The one drawback to this area is the high latitude, which means you’ll have a short growing season and a long winter to deal with.


Tennessee is probably the state with the most land being sold specifically for prepping homesteads.

The rolling hills and mountains of the state make for a beautiful setting; one with lots of trees and plentiful game.

There’s lots of rain too. It’s also in the east, which is an advantage for a lot of people.

Yet, even though it’s in the east, there are parts of the state which have low population densities, especially in the western part of the state. While not ideal, if I had to pick a state east of the Mississippi, this is the first one I’d think of.

West Virginia

Another good state, east of the Mississippi, is West Virginia.

The first thing that brought this state to my attention as a survival destination was that it was the last state to have a coronavirus case show up.

While I have no idea of why that’s so, it speaks well of the isolation that you can find in the West Virginia mountains.


The “land of a thousand lakes” has a lot to offer, especially in the northern part of the state.

Not only will you never have to worry about having enough water to drink, but there’s lots of wild county up there, which isn’t widely settled.

At the same time, the rivers that go with all those lakes make for a good means of transportation, if you need it. Watch out for the politics though; this is a blue state.


For a state on the West Coast, I’d pick Oregon, even if it is a blue state.

Of the three states making up our west coast, Oregon is the least populated.

Like northern California, there are a lot of conservative people there, especially once you get out of the cities. Being on the west coast also means a lot of rain, so water isn’t going to be an issue. Having been there, I can assure you, the land is very fertile.

One Place I’d Avoid

One place I feel constrained to mention, even though it is thought of as a good place for survival properties, is West Texas.

There’s a good reason for that, there’s almost no ground water and it doesn’t rain a lot. So if you want water, you’re going to have to drill for it; and you’re going to have to drill deep. While that may not be an issue for some; it’s a cost you must consider.

On the other hand, if you can find some land in the Texas Hill Country, I’d definitely consider it. While you’ll still have to drill ways to find water, it won’t be anywhere near as bad. Being that far south, you can get in three growing seasons, with a break for the heat of summer. Besides, it’s Texas.

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  1. Bea April 20, 15:29

    I have160 acres for sale in SE Oregon. One mile X 1/4 mile, gentle south facing slope. Adaptable for runway. BLM to north. 1/4 mile west to Refuge. Irrigation to east. Big open views. Sandy loam soils. Shallow water. Fenced. Two miles to county road. Isolated, but not.

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    • Jan H April 20, 18:48

      I would like more information about this. Could you contact me? jan at nospam hoelterling dot com. Please remove the obvious 🙂

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    • Highpockets April 20, 23:23

      Your blog sounds very interesting,we would like more info of where it’s located and what you are asking for the property….

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    • Highpockets April 20, 23:28

      We would like more info on this property, where it’s located and what is your asking price…

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    • Zetty April 21, 02:02

      How much is the land your selling per acre.

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    • Ozark Hillbilly April 24, 14:03

      OK I will be the bad guy on the chain. Why are you selling it if it is so perfect? Our land has been in the family since 1949 and I am third generation on it. It is so perfect we will never sell it and have kept it even when we had to move to other states for careers or income.

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  2. BJ April 20, 17:09

    What about Wyoming? Least populated state in the union and most conservative. Lots of snow in the winter for water. Land is fairly inexpensive. In every corner of the state and in-between, small towns offer Walmart, movie theater(s), hardware/lumber stores, etc. For an international airport and items you need to go to a big city for: Within an hour or so of access to large Colorado towns in the SE part of the state (Cheyenne also has a pretty good sized airport). Within an hour or so of access to large Utah towns in the SW part of the state. Same distance to Idaho Falls and Pocatello, ID in the NW part of the state. Within an hour of so of access to Rapid City, South Dakota in NE part of the state.

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    • RobBoB April 20, 21:04

      Please do NOT advertise Wyoming. We got enough foreignersgtrying to change us as it is.

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      • Ozark Hillbilly April 24, 14:08

        Love your reply! My daughter married a man from Wyoming and lives there. I fly our plane into Cheyenne when we visit and love the FBO there. We take off from home, climb to 7000 feet and fly level all the way to Cheyenne while watching the ground come up and get closer every mile. By the time we reach the airport we are at pattern altitude (still at 7000 feet) and land! ;-D

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      • City Chick September 9, 18:36

        Yes, I’m sure and some New Yorkers too! Some of us are well seasoned, well travelled, highly skilled and can readily go with the flow. Others, I’m afraid will do their very best to make sure Wyoming becomes the next NYC! Here we call it gentrification. Just a fancy word for making oneself at home in the manner to which they are accustomed! They will start demanding all sorts of public services and amenities that they are used to here. They will cause an awful lot of trouble if they don’t get it too! Did a lot of damage out on LI, NY. We would be very happy to get rid of them so don’t think we’d do anything to hold them back! Heck, Cuomo is pushing them out the door!

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    • KEVIN WEBER April 21, 02:06

      I agree,Wyoming would make a fantastic state for this,and is my destination soon.

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    • Kimmii April 21, 18:55

      If you like wind and to be blown off the prairie constantly then Wyoming is your state! I live in NE Colorado very close to Wyoming and have driven up into it many times. Of course Jackson Hole and the Tetons are beautiful if you can afford to live there. We are looking for land and to move as well. We had thought about Casper once visited it and the wind blows all the time! Nice town but I can’t handle the wind every day it would literally drive me nuts!

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      • Thomas May 1, 02:28

        Sounds like a good place for wind turbine to solve power problems ,down here we have no wind or tooo much wind,tornadoes and wind storms are too common .lower Alabama.

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  3. Consco April 20, 17:39

    20 acres in Northern WA state. Okanogan Co. a LOT of state and natl. forest land. Well, septic in. Game is plentiful. Leave your Blue state tendencies home. In my neck of the woods having a Biden sign on your fence is not a good thing. Go to the Seattle megapolis for that. Land is fertile. Land prices are still very reasonable. LOL gun fire is the sound of a social event for us!

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  4. Sabel April 20, 17:41

    I no longer consider Colorado to be a good retreat location, not even up in the high country. The politics of the state have taken a distinct turn toward the liberal side and water is getting scarcer all the time, which means wildfire danger is a year-round issue these days. Also, the growing season is very short. We were on the Front Range, at 8400′ above sea level and saw snow in our yard every month of the year except August. The higher you go, the fewer growing days you have. And don’t count on wild game keeping you fed. Once the weather tuns cold, they head for the lower elevations, which means that winter can be pretty lean.

    We are now in West Texas. While clean water can be an issue, it is available by drilling a well, which you need to do in Colorado, too. The gun laws are friendlier than they are becoming in Colorado, the growing season is much longer, game out in the rural areas is plentiful and lots of neighbors have cattle that they might be willing to sell or trade when TSHTF. There is plenty of land available, if you know where to look or find a realtor who does and you will find plenty of like-minded folks around. Plus the people here are friendlier than the folks in Colorado. Good ole’ Southern hospitality is alive and well out here!

    Plus, lower property taxes and no state income tax. And I think we have most of the Left Coast Liberals scared to show up, whereas they have invaded Colorado in growing numbers over the past 20 years that we were there.

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    • dave April 20, 21:38

      you are correct to much influx of illegals gangs and californians

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    • catman April 30, 16:10

      I live in Ms. on a 5 acre family homestead that has been in my family since the 1800’s. I will die here as did my father and grandfather.
      Where can you live, anywhere on this planet, where the threat of a natural disaster can’t threaten you?
      The very definition of being a prepper is preparing for whatever may befall you.
      Find a place where you are happy and enjoy your life. Preparing for tomorrow will not do you any good if it doesn’t relieve a lifetime of worrying about a future you have no control over anyway.
      Men plan, God laughs!
      Be happy.

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  5. Rex April 20, 18:57

    West Texas actually gets a fair amount of precipitation, mostly in the form of thunderstorms and Pacific/Mexico typhoon carryovers. A rainwater containment system would do the trick. Plus land out there is “dirt” cheap. Its just so damn hot in July/August.

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  6. Marie April 20, 19:38

    I live in northern Va. West Virginia seems to be the closest state where I can find a property that could meet a preppers needs. I have looked myself but don’t know how to find a suitable place. Can you help me locate properties in West Virginia that would be good for preppers?

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    • Ozark Hillbilly April 24, 14:38

      May be difficult to get land in WV, the land there seldom is put up for sale and most is obtained via family lines. My daughter-in-law’s land has been in the family for over 150 years. Best option to seek is via the land specialist realtors like Mossy Oak or Whitetail.

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  7. TheSouthernNationalist April 20, 20:53

    What about North Carolina?
    You get all four seasons, there are mountains, ocean, lots of woods, and no crazy gun laws.

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  8. Doodlesue April 20, 23:14

    What about the State of Georgia ?

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  9. Long Time prepper April 21, 00:32

    I’m sorry. You failed to mention the geological hazard associated with many of your recomendations. They are very real and activating roght now. In addition Lone Wolf preppers are sitting ducks. It will take a community to protect your assets.

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    • Arizona Dave April 21, 03:42

      Long Time prepper, you’re right. Besides the huge Cascadia subduction zone ready to go, there’s the dozens of volcanoes that will go off in succession. The geologists talk about this behind closed doors, but not publicly. They’re actively watching this area currently.

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  10. sylvia April 21, 03:31

    Arizona is a good place. Good gun laws and if you have a rain gathering plan,plenty will fall during monsoons.

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  11. cid April 21, 04:16

    yea, you guys stay north where you belong. DO NOT GO SOUTH! you would not like it and we would not like you. really, trust me on this

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    • City Chick September 9, 20:03

      I’ve lived and worked down south and I was always greeted with friendly and warm Southern Hospitality! Wouldn’t want to live there permanently though because there is no place like home! That said, years ago now, NY Newsday , a local paper here, reported on mass migration to the south, particularly to the Atlanta Area by people of color who migrated north during the 1950s. According to the article, these people now realize that there no longer was any need for them to stay in the northern states, they had means and they could return to their southern roots for a better quality of life. That’s still going on. Seems almost every family is fed up with the big city and looking to move south. They do not welcome the Middle Eastern foreigners coming into their neighborhoods.

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  12. left coast chuck April 21, 22:12

    While certain areas of Oregon are conservative, unfortunately the equity fugitives from Kallyforniya have kalifornikated the western portion of Oregon. From Grants Pass in the southern end through Eugene which is more liberal than some parts of coastal Kallyforniya if that is possible, through Portland and its environs, Oregon has been changed from the state it used to be. Well, Kallyforniya has changed from the state it used to be also.

    While most people do not realize it, there are areas of Kallyfornia where conservatism still predominates. Unfortunately, however, the socialist population far outnumbers the conservative value population and that controls how the state is run. Oregon and Washington have the same problem. The eastern halves are conservative but are far outnumbered by the western socialist portions number wise. Too many kalifornikators cashed in their home equity and left kallyforniya for “better” states and immediately set about changing them into ersatz kallyforniyas. At one time Oregonians had bumper stickers that read, “Welcome to Oregon. Now go back home.”

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  13. Ozark Hillbilly April 24, 13:56

    I disagree with every state in this story but one. Look at what actually occurred for this pandemic and pick a good state with that data. The best state for prepping is also the number one state for retirement in 2020, Arkansas. All the states the author “picked” are cold or have radical state governments except Tennessee. Arkansas did not need “Stay at home orders” and instead issued a “Stay away order”! For bugout people this was applied to “commercial rentals” such as hotels. Out of state people with second homes or lots to park their RV on were never hassled nor restricted. All our restaurants have been open with creative take-out solutions. Every business has remained open for the duration of this pandemic except for spas, salons, and tattoo places. Our life in Northwest Arkansas has been 95% normal for the duration. I would also like to congratulate the state government, local government and the population of Arkansas for an intelligent and well managed response to the COVID 19 pandemic.

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    • Bluefossil55 July 19, 21:17

      Ozark – Is there any good realtors in the Arkansas ozarks?
      I’m so red, I stick out like a sore thumb in NJ. The liberal SOB that runs this state is constantly trying to come up with ways to take my guns..

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  14. LUCIDONE. April 25, 01:25

    AVOID GEORGIA Libtards from all over the country moving here. Its so bad I am moving to Wyoming. 11 million people here, but there are six aging nuke plants on the north GA, Tenn, and Carolina boarder…. FUKASHIMA anyone!!!!!!!!

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  15. Garden gma April 26, 15:19

    My family has owned land in Eastern Washington since the 1800’s. Having purchased land 50 years ago above a beautiful sparsely populated lake when property prices were reasonable I’m able to enjoy a quiet life as long as I stay home. Due to an influx of 206′ ers who are attempting to escape the pressures of the ‘big city” l avoid going down town at all costs. They forgot to leave their culture on the coast. Our beautiful land is being stained by massive homes ..frequently built for 2 people.. ticky tacky housing developments .. think that song “little houses on the hillside”. Only these babies cost a minimum of 500k.
    Which are affordable for people from the coast ..the western side of the state because prices for houses is so high they can sell their house for an enormous amount and pay rediculous amounts of $ to be stuffed next to and in the middle of a hundred look alikes.
    Once upon a time we had the slow paced friendly town these people yearned for but their very presence ,their snooty attitude and their entitled behavior has irretrievably destroyed it.
    I used to go downtown , take a leisurely stroll ,shop and chat with shop owners that I’ve known for years. Now most of the stores are owned by transplants and I’ve adopted the same go in and get out quick strategy that I apply to a trip to the city..
    So moral of story..don’t open Pandoras Box by letting them take over in the first place.
    Don’t be seduced by fists full of $ to buy the land your family worked hard to own. Be a part of local government and pass laws governing land use so that it retains the beauty we all love.
    Just saying.

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    • City Chick June 23, 01:23

      Enjoy it while it lasts! Here on the east coast, they’d tax you out by increasing real estate taxes every year to the point where you can no longer afford to live there. If that doesn’t work there’s eminent domain and they’ll take it by force for the better good. After all they need more room for socialist public housing and government office buildings

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  16. Lonnie G April 30, 19:38

    I have a 1 acre lot located about 6 to 7 miles west of Pagosa Springs, CO. just about 1 mile south of US 160. It is mostly level, with a gentle slope to the south. My health has prevented me from enjoying it like I had originally planned. It is surrounded by Indian lands and National forest. I might let it go for the right price. They aren’t making any more land.

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  17. A R 15 May 9, 22:29

    there allready was an article on this called the beste places to be in shtf or something like that.

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  18. alexandra166 September 9, 02:04

    lots of good ideas in the comment section. Here’s my take as a long time realtor, and a devoted prepper. Community will be important, even when you find your cabin in the woods, so, find a small town, grow your own food(use passive solar if you can build it), collect water, or drill if you have to, keep your food preps up, your guns close by, but remember that day to day life can be good no matter where you go. The key is to avoid big cities, where there are too many dependent, broke people jammed into apartments. When the TSHTF, and it will, these people will become hungry and desperate, so base your land search on the following: rural areas, near national forests, reasonable climates and growing seasons. Buy the latest copy of Strategic relocation, 4th edition.

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