40 Acres And A Mule – Free Land Still Available In The United States

by The Happy Rock on October 10, 2007

amber-waves-wheat-fields.jpgEver dreamed of packing up and moving away from your hectic stressful life for the peaceful, rural, prairie beauty of the Midwest? Here is a great oppurtunity for you: some places in the US will actually give you free land, if you move to their town. That’s right, free.

This dated article from CNN Money chronicles one family’s move from Las Vegas to Kansas, where they were given free land to build a house. Some places will even provide monetary credits for each member of your family.

Here is a little flavor of how it works in Ellsworth, Kansas :

In Ellsworth County, for example, there are 23 lots available for free to individuals, assuming they’re pre-qualified to build a house that is at least 1,000 square feet and agree to build a house on the land within two years time.

In addition to the land, families with children stand to receive $1,500 to $3,000 toward a down payment when they buy in the area. “Each new child is worth an additional $6,000 to our school district from the state,” said Anita Hoffhines, executive director of Ellsworth County Economic Development.

Here are some free land opportunities in Kansas. There are similar incentives in North Dakota, although as the site says that the “odds are, you are not a candidate for NW North Dakota.”. You need a portable job, financial security, and a solid moral fiber to qualify. The North Dakota site was written by some good marketers, because just reading through it gets my mind thinking through the possibilities. The article also shares that towns are willing to work deals with new business owners that plan to bring economic value to the area.

Living on the east coast, I would have never thought that the Midwest was so desperate for new residents. I have been to and through most of the northern US states and they are astonishingly beautiful, although if you are used to suburban/city living there isn’t much of anything there. In Wyoming it could be 200 miles between gas stations! It is still quite fun to dream!

{ 38 comments… read them below or add one }

Jon March 28, 2011 at 11:15 am

You missed the point Alan. Can’t help you if you don’t recognize that what your article wishes for destroys itself.


Alan March 28, 2011 at 2:24 pm

Jon, sorry its not my article. The ‘free’ land being discussed here are not vast open tracts of land, but little 1/4 acre plots in little towns on which you can build your little box. The open land you speak of is still there and is NOT open to public purchase. The 320 acres which you can get for ‘free’ is undeveloped, has irrigation and development stipulations, and will cost you a bundle to develop. By the sound of it, you are ‘free’ to live on a reservation in which you may share! On the other hand, most of the interested people here do not have that privilege or option!


Sheila June 13, 2011 at 7:14 pm

I live in ND, and you don’t want to live here. For one thing, the winters get to 60 degrees below zero. Metal breaks easier in that kind of cold. You need a car for anything. There is no walking here when it’s like that, and the distances are greater between things like home and work. For another thing, there’s nothing here. The only things to do are drink and go to church. The leadership likes it that way, because it makes their job simpler. It also means that the state is very conservative.

Right now we have people coming here for the oil jobs, so there’s no housing available. The landlords rent for $2000 a month on a shitty 2 bedroom and get it. The rig workers can pay it, and that’s whose money they want. Everything is expensive, because everything has to be brought in. The wages for every other job besides the oil rigs are low, because the local bigwigs keep it that way. Most of them own businesses and want to keep underpaying their workers. I had one job for a city council member that paid $8 for tech support. ND is like America’s India for outsourcing. They keep unions down to keep wages down.

The best advice I can give you is to make the best of it where you are and try to save a little. Coming here won’t solve anybody’s problems and might even make them worse.


Tad LeBlanc June 23, 2011 at 8:53 pm

I live in Texas and this sounds like something to look into. I am currently unemployed and decent paying jobs are kinda scarce! It is a crying shame that you cannot just be anymore! You have to contribute to the system or sleep on the streets and get harrassed by cops. I don’t mind work at all:) When I was working I was a very hard worker. I just don’t like that even if you “own” land, if you don’t pay your taxes they can take it from you and sell it to someone else? That is just renting..you pay your rent you can stay? We as Americans are blinded to fact that we are not free anymore. The Feds are trying to make it illegal for you to grow your own food. You cannot lead a simple life anymore. If I had a chance to “unplug from the system” I would in a heartbeat! I will look into this. I just want to be left alone to live my life as simply as possible.


Marie August 14, 2011 at 7:47 pm

There is no longer “free land” in the US. The plains were originally opend to settlers and cattle ranchers in the late 1880s but laws have changed as per the Bureau of Land Magement in 1976. See quote:

“No matter what you may have heard or read, there is no such thing as “free land from the government.” There is no federal homesteading program and any public land the government does sell is sold only at fair market value.

Under the Federal Land Policy and Management Act of 1976 (FLMPA), the federal government took over ownership of public lands and abolished all remaining traces of the often-amended Homestead Act of 1862.”

Visit the website: No Free or Cheap Government Land
Plug that title in your web browser or even just put in Free Land in US and you can read it. Sorry…:)


dave August 22, 2011 at 11:49 pm

Visit this site. Not like I’m about to build a house in Kansas. but you can understand their thinking. City gives you a $1500 home lot. You build a house using a local builder. Put your kid in school there and they get $6000 from the state for the school district. Good idea.



dave August 22, 2011 at 11:43 pm

do you get the mineral rights?


Carolyn August 27, 2011 at 8:37 pm

Hello everyone… my suggestion is everyone on here pool theyre resoures ideas and abilities and all go for one huge area together XD. Anyway if i could even just purchase one acre of land for 500.00 and pitch a tent i would be happy. I am almost homeless and am a female and let’s say “ageless” grrr lol i have always dreamed of the wide open spaces also. I would be willing to pitch in where i am needed. Any suggestions?


Kram September 26, 2011 at 12:24 pm

Having grown up in the midwest, I lived in Bismarck, ND for a little while and then moved to Minnesota and finally Wisconsin. I can verify that the winters here are not for everyone. They can come on early in October, stay through April, and bring brutal cold, heavy snow and ice, and literally dangerous windchills. In ND, the open, flat land in much of the state amplifies the cold and wind aspect. There’s not a lot in the way of water or trees, for that matter, in much of the Eastern half of the state which is downright shocking to many outsiders. Western half has a little more varied praire and rolling terrain and is really beautiful in my opinion. I don’t know if these small towns carry as much of the “Midwest Nice” persona that was ingrained in me from growing up in Wisconsin – my last visit to small towns in ND had me treated as an outsider – I wonder if that is the pervasive attitude in many of these small towns seeking to attract young families. If so, it’s just not going to work. There’s so much that a small family already has to overcome and deal with if they move there – the weather, the isolation and long distance to familiar amenities (restaurants, shopping malls, etc.), etc. Not feeling like they are welcome will certainly be the nail in the proverbial coffin for any of these initiatives.


nila February 13, 2012 at 10:56 am

ya you know free is good when one dont have money to buy land and how hard is it to build a home and why think about nabors if they good or bad be couse you have that were ever you goo so be think full for something when offerd becouse it not your land it not mine land it GOD land nothing more love the land as you love life build homes and be happy do what is right with in life and dont worry GOD will take care of you inshallah


Dave February 16, 2012 at 7:15 pm

Reminds of the house I bought on 3 acres in the woods 5 years ago surrounded by a family of related rednecks on the whole street. 5 years later I walked away from the house, mowers stloen, weedwackers, broken mailboxes, drunken neighbors throwing wrenches which broke a window……yea sometimes and almost always the grass is never greener……..Day 1 the house was nice beautiful yard…..goes to show…


SDA July 11, 2012 at 12:53 pm

That was what they wanted. They wanted you to walk away. It was partly their lack of civilized culture, and partly a way they could make money. I would have opted for trained dobermans named after Greek Gods, electric fence & razor wire, video cameras & alarms, a sentry gate & gard tower platform, my own loud stereo, old school spalding golf clubs with plenty of balls, HAM radios & lightning rod towers, trucks with headers, chicken & goats, militia training & mobilization meetings in the yard, hosting every boyscout troop in the area, and sooooo much more. You could have even hosted barbaques to benifit the local police, fire statioin, and politicians. Even more, what about hosting a bed and breakfast camping retreat for Vets with serious PTSD? A placethat they couldget away for a while. What about hosting an alternative lifestyles or biker gang pick nick. The question is if you know how to truly have fun with it all and make friends who are “more impressive” than the rednecks who were giving you a hard time. With enough of that, those who were harassing you would leave.


michael August 30, 2012 at 4:58 am

I am a veteran with severe PTSD. He could have left his house for a weeks vacation, taken my meds with him, and let me “house sit” a while. Redneck issue solved. It’s hard to be scared off by humans when you’ve hunted them before.


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Bruce February 5, 2014 at 11:34 pm

Great comment, why not just party with them? figure out what is considered fun or “PC” there? would love to get away from the beaten path…


Beta May 26, 2013 at 1:34 am

Dave, sorry to hear that happen to you , I was wondering where was this happen, in what state/city?


paul December 30, 2014 at 5:12 am

may I ask where this was or do you stil live ther


John Olson February 21, 2012 at 3:36 am

I think it’s interesting that people are still writing comments on here. I’ve been following these posts for years.


Latisha Walton August 4, 2012 at 12:55 am

I am trying to leave tge city for my children and my sake and fanily


Latisha Walton August 4, 2012 at 12:57 am

It’s almost over…The harvest is….


kathryn RH Davis September 6, 2012 at 4:26 pm

Nicw! This sounds worth investigating further. I heard of a similar offer long ago. SDA on July 11 is correct in the thinking to hold on to your dream over others’ pettiness and games. I grew up in a family of saboteurs, so you learn a few things about preservation and amusing harmless ways to self protect. A shot at freedom, expression and individuality on your own little piece of God’s handiwork seems worth the playful havoc given and endured. thanks, all the best to all!!


kathryn davis September 6, 2012 at 4:44 pm

HI! I just remembered… if I am correct- Ellsworth is on the list of Ghost towns.. there was an industrial toxic leak of sorts that seeped into the water table years ago–EPA was involved- they sifted and re-dirted everything and let time try to heal the land. Worth checking..


victor bohy October 24, 2012 at 4:34 am

i just wanted to be part of the history on this site… someday , years from now,, someone will see this, and know i was here… take care everyone,, have a great life.. the world is wonderful… victor bohy. palm springs, california, u.s.a


Andrew Simmons October 29, 2012 at 12:47 pm

How can I get free Land and a House of Stability?


Rebecca January 5, 2013 at 10:08 am

I need a farm our jobs r flexible I have horses n livestock looking for big house n barn please email if anyone wants out we can deal


xxbigkisses January 26, 2013 at 11:25 am

i so agree with dave(above comment). me and my family werent even that far out in the state of MAINE and had the same problems as he had. alot of the backwoods mainer people are the same redneck style as he describes. but it is when they all have relatives and friends all around them that they tend to ‘take over’ things in the neighborhood. making them the boss, so to speak, of their area and by running u out, it keeps “their kind of people” in their area only. no outsiders. as time went on and the education system was enforced, things changed. old farts died or had to go to homes, their children learned the computer age, and not as many people wanted the isolated life that most backwoods bring. the land remains the same but life moves on. its nice to have PEACE


Steven Fahey February 5, 2013 at 11:21 am

I’ve been dreaming of this senario for years, and maybe once my daughter is out of College, I could do it. I do have a portable job, but no financial security yet, and absolutely not high on the moral fiber list.


phillip dempsey March 27, 2013 at 9:20 am

With a little land i could make money


Darwin Chalmers April 2, 2013 at 9:32 pm

seriously need help i want out of this corrupt festering cess-pool thats called society need a wee bit land to build my own little cabin to grow some food work and nourish the land also raise some dogs so come on poeple nobody can say that they are proud to be part of a society that thinks its more important to wash a car than give a dying child a FREE drink if yous would all wake up we could start a new society where the real things matter not what shop has a good sale on i will get of my soapbox now and wait to see if there is any real poeple let on this rock :») D.M.C


Bruce February 5, 2014 at 11:42 pm

Great Statements, looking to get way away and live off land as much as possible.


agnes smith April 27, 2013 at 7:51 pm

can you send me a book on land thanks agnes


roger mack June 10, 2013 at 2:10 pm

i got a chance to buy home with 3 ackers in s.carolina,my new wife and i moved from maryland to live in town i was related to just about everyone.after 31/2 years we were still the new comers and were blamed every time a federal inspector came down on them for inviromental issues.i love farm life,not the redneck back woods mistrusting hicks.


charlie January 24, 2014 at 3:40 pm

roger youre a dumbass.


wendy rossetti July 13, 2013 at 11:04 pm

anybody know of what states besides kansas and alaska offering homesteading property??????


victor w. lee July 25, 2013 at 8:37 pm

was wondering if anyone could tell me where you can obtain free land. i have been watching a tv show called mountain men where people live on free land with no power or water basically off the grid. would appreciate any help i could get. thank you.


charles Brennon August 9, 2014 at 4:05 pm

I’m a vet as well , I’m an ex navy seal from team six in early to mid eighties and I’m like
most vets that went through very dramatic missions of hunting people as a job and I was very well trained by the best.I have severe ptsd but I contain it well. I’ve only come across a few idiots that even after me warning them and trying to avoid any confritations had to try me but after seriously hospitalizing 4 at once most people keep away from me so I have few people who will talk to me, which is not what I wanted . I’ve tried very,very hard to forget what happened there and pray to God to forgive me for what we had to do in the mid east and other places most people never even heard of. So I’m used to being alone and can survive in nearly any situation. So rednecks don’t scare me ,I’ve seen an done more horrifiying things than they can even imagine in there self centered pea brains. I try to avoid confritations but will defend myself in a way I hope no one will force me to have to do. I’m a peaceful minded person which is hard after what I’ve been through which I can’t and will not tell due to my traing and conditioning. But I would love to be able to homestead on a nice peace of property and build a cabin with my own two hands as God has given me many talents that I would love to share with the right people . I’m good at building with wood ,metal ,I enjoy doing artwork and any chalange that the good Lord feels that I need or to help someone else learn and hopefully without violence. Sincerely Charles Brennon
MAY GOD BLESS YOU ALL ,and pray for me and my ex team members for Gods forgiveness and peace of mind Amen.


. March 1, 2015 at 6:25 pm

You’re mistaken about the ‘Redneck’ label. They’re not rednecks but, gypsies. These gypsies move into an area and push people out with their antics so that they’re left alone. They’ve taken over townships in Virginia. They’re recluse, undocumented and dangerous petty criminals. Law enforcement in towns and counties know exactly who they are but, leave them along on account that the Federal government keeps an eye on their activity.


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