2021’s Best and Worst States for Living Off the Grid

With rising COVID cases, economic stagnation and political turmoil, wouldn’t it be nice to just unplug from it all — permanently? We’re not talking about meeting your maker, but about living off the grid.

Whether you’re interested in sustainability, privacy or energy-efficiency, moving off-grid can be fulfilling. But not every state is equally suited to a fully independent lifestyle. In fact, some states actively discourage off-grid housing with disconnection fees or extra taxes on solar panels. 

LawnStarter looked into the data to help you find the best state for your own small, sustainable slice of heaven. They compared all 50 U.S. states and the District of Columbia across 20 key factors, from average per-acre cost of farmland to legality of rainwater harvesting to average monthly temperature. 

Since Christian Activities is based in Nashville, we wanted to see how Tennessee ranked. The Volunteer state came in at lucky number 13 in the overall rankings.

Scroll down for the LawnStarter rankings, highlights/lowlights, expert answers, methodology, and a few thoughts on why this study matters. 

OVERALL RANKStateOverall ScoreFeasibility RankInfrastructure RankClimate RankCost RankSafety Rank
1Kentucky72.66101410215
2Washington69.5653302016
3Missouri68.50936201911
4South Carolina67.36123041148
5North Dakota66.882850139
6Minnesota66.8261145282
7Louisiana66.8023323834
8Oklahoma66.2184022323
9Michigan66.071110402910
10Iowa65.85171233371
11Nebraska65.5143141303
12Florida65.23242723344
13Tennessee64.8833611

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