Oregon is one of the best states for off the grid living

Dec 17 2020, 10:26 am

Living off the grid doesn’t mean unplugging from your social media channels. It means living a fully-independent lifestyle that’s sustainable, private, and energy-efficient.

While some states actively discourage off-grid housing with disconnection fees or extra taxes on solar panels, thankfully, our wonderful state of Oregon isn’t one of them.

In a new study measuring the best states to live off the grid, Portland came up in the top half, securing 20th place behind West Virginia and above Mississippi.

The study compared all 50 US states and the District of Columbia across 20 key factors, from the average per-acre cost of farmland, to the legality of rainwater harvesting, to average monthly temperature.

Out of a possible 100 points, Oregon scored 61.62 overall. The state ranked 34th in feasibility, second in infrastructure, 27th in climate, and 26th in cost.

Here are the top ten states to live off the grid in the US:

  1. Kentucky
  2. Washington
  3. Missouri
  4. South Carolina
  5. North Dakota
  6. Minnesota
  7. Louisiana
  8. Oklahoma
  9. Michigan
  10. Iowa
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