Saturday, November 20, 2010

If You Feel Like You Really Have to Move Out of DC, Here's Where You Should Move

DC isn't for everyone. Some people simply don't like navigating traffic circles, hearing leaf blowers all autumn, worrying about crime, wondering when the summer heat wave or winter snow storm will end, and not having representation in Congress.

Some people actually move out of the District of Columbia.

If that thought has crossed your mind, the question becomes: where to?  San Francisco, New York, Paris, the Adirondacks, Oregon? The choices are so numerous that figuring out where to go becomes a mental road block. If you're thinking of getting out of town permanently, we have an idea for you: Move to a place where you can get land for free. That's right. For free. Homesteading is still alive and kicking in the United States, though the choices are fewer than they were in the 1800's.

And if you decide that homesteading is for you, keep these two points in mind: You have to build a home of some kind on the land. And most land that's still out there for free is in pretty isolated places without any utilities, such as in places like Ellwood, Nebraska and Muskegon, Michigan. But being far from the crowd might just be what you're looking for after commuting through the Beltway for the past 20 years. Click here for a list of places where you can still homestead in the United States.

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