Want Free Land? These Small Towns Are Giving it Away

Ever wanted to live in a small town? Have you ever wanted to own land? Has homesteading been a dream of yours like so many pioneers of yesteryear who set out across the vast plains of the United States to Iowa, Alaska, Michigan, Maine, Wyoming, Arkansas, New York and everyone in between? Does getting some free land in order to make that happen sound cool? Well then, future homesteaders, you're in luck. A whole bunch of small towns throughout the U.S. are giving away free land in order to grow their populations.

Here's a few of those towns where you can start your new country life for a lot cheaper than you expected to.

1. Mankato, Kansas

We all know Kansas is a flat, sparsely populated state. It's no surprise that many a small town in the Sunflower State wants more people to live there. The town of Mankato has a population of 900 and the good people therein have 26 lots to offer. There are a couple stipulations including that the home you build on your free lot has to be at least 1200 square feet. Click here for more information. 

2. Marquette, Kansas

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Marquette started giving away lots in 2003 on 50 acres of former farmland. Apparently the town is pretty charming because 21 of those lots were claimed within the first year. 

The home you build has to be at least a thousand square feet.

3. Lincoln, Kansas

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The seat of Lincoln County has a population of 1,297 and plenty to do aside from building your new home on a free lot. The town has golf course, a history museum, an art center and a movie theater, so you don't have to drive a county over to catch the next Fast and the Furious movie.

4. Curtis, Nebraska 

There are 11 lots available in Curtis, Nebraska, which has a population of 1,000. Known as "Easter City" because of their famous Palm Sunday pageant, Curtis is also home to the Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture, a movie theater, and a 9-hole golf course.

5. Claremont, Minnesota

Claremont has an income-based lot arrangement. If you qualify the lot is free, but if not the lots are $9,500. Either way, you're getting some cheap land in a charming little northern town. Click here for more information.

6. Flagler, Colorado 

Flagler is offering land primarily to businesses willing to locate there. The City is 110 miles east of Denver and has a population of 680. They've also got 480 acres of land available to businesses who are looking for cheap land and a town's economy to boost.

7. New Richland, Minnesota

The town of about 1,200 has a K-12 school district, a lake, and a golf course. The town is offering 86-foot by 133-foot free lots, but you must start building a home within a year of the city deeding the property to you.

8. Marne, Iowa

There are only 120 people in Marne but you could make number 121 because they've got a  free lot waiting for anyone willing to build a home there. Your home must be 1,200 square feet.

9. Elwood, Nebraska

You have to build a 1,400 square foot house in Elwood but it's apparently a pretty hot commodity. They only have nine lots left. 

10. Plainville, Kansas

If you move onto one of Plainville's 155-foot by 93-foot lots you have to start building within a year and enter into an agreement with a building contractor after six months.

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Want Free Land? These Small Towns Are Giving it Away