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 everywhere 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 America are giving away free land in order to grow their populations.
Here are a few of those towns where you can claim your free lots of land today and start your new life in the country. You'll definitely be paying less than you would in a big city with a much lower cost of living.
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 free lots to offer. There are a couple of stipulations including that the home you build on your free real estate 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
Lincoln County has a population of 3,500 and plenty to do aside from building your new home on a free lot. The town has a golf course, a history museum, an art center, and a movie theater. According to its website, the town has buffalo and farm animals roaming its picturesque hillsides.
4. Curtis, Nebraska
There is currently a free land program 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. It's located on the opposite side of the state from Omaha.
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 less than 1,000. They've also got 480 acres of land available to businesses that are looking for cheap land and a town's economy to boost. Visit the town's website to fill out an application.
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 with just a $500 down payment that you get back once your home is completed.
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.