Want small-town living for an even smaller price? Even in the 21st century, free land is available in the United States for modern-day homesteaders willing to build a house and live in it.
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Most of the programs are in the Midwest, run by local governments that hope to revitalize the population and tax base of farming or fledgling manufacturing burgs. Certain qualifications, building requirements and related costs apply.
For instance, in New Richland, Minn., about 80 miles from Minneapolis, you can get an 86-by-133-foot plot for free. You'll have to pay about $25,000 in assessments for such things as water and sewer — but after tax incentives, which are income qualified, that could drop to about $14,000, the city says. And you're required to build a home, at least 1,000 square feet with a two-car garage on the land within a year of the deed's being issued.