Texas ranked 2nd best state to live off the grid
According to LawnStar, Texas was ranked 2nd in their 2023's Best States to Live Off The Grid. Iowa took the crown as the very best state to live off the grid, while New Jersey ranked very last. All 50 states were compared based on farmland, the legality of self-generated utilities, and the availability of renewable energy. Climate, phone connectivity, and access to rural hospitals were also examined. Its findings showed Texas to have the best sustainability of electricity, water, and projected growth for solar installations. The ranking takes into account five main factors including feasibility, infrastructure, affordability, climate and safety. Within these categories are a number of metrics ranging from the suitability of off-the-grid living laws, rural population density, cropland value, property tax rates, annual rainfall and temperature averages, access to hospitals and crime rates as well as a natural hazards index. Texas earned high marks in a number of sub-metrics. For example, Texas was ranked No. 1 for the highest projected five-year growth in solar installations and highest projected 10-year growth in wind power, respectively. Texas also claimed the top spot with the most critical-access hospitals.