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North Carolina, Arkansas, and Kentucky are the last three states on my primary list of states to buy land for my off the grid home.
The primary list of states used plant hardiness zones and minimum winter temperatures as criteria for a place to purchase land. You can see the list of primary states in the following post: Where to Live Off the Grid.
To narrow down the list, now, I'm looking at areas in those states that have annual precipitation rates between 35- and 45-inches.
I like green woods and flowing streams, so I don't want to live in an area that is too dry, but I don't want to be dodging rain every other day either. You can see what I found out with other states in the following posts.
You can see the annual precipitation of the other primary states in the following posts.
Finding areas in the preferred states with the ideal amount of rainfall will narrow down my search for the piece of property that is right for me to build an off the grid home.
In this post, we'll take a look at the amount of precipitation North Carolina, Arkansas, and Kentucky receives annually.
North Carolina is one of the states that I think would be a good place for me. At least the western portion of the state. I have traveled through the western mountains and really liked what I saw. I haven't been in North Carolina in the summer, but the areas with some elevation can't be that much hotter than central New York.
Looking at the annual precipitation map below, the northwestern portion of the state would be the target area and it appears to receive the rainfall I need.
North Carolina is still in the mix of states that fit the criteria I've looked at so far.
I don't know much about Arkansas, but I've heard that the mountainous areas are beautiful.
According to the map below, the northern half of the state receives the right amount of rainfall. The southern portion receives quite a bit more, plus it is in plant hardiness zone 7 and might be a little too warm.
For now, I'll keep Arkansas in the mix, at least until we take a look at the topography and see if it has the elevation I'm looking for in the northern portion of the state.
Kentucky is another state that I don't know that much about, well, except that Kentucky has awesome bourbon.
As with Arkansas, the northern half of the state is the area that I would be interested in looking for property. The temperatures and rainfall in the northern half meet my criteria.
In fact, I'm very interested in taking a drive down to Kentucky to take a look at the topography and how the land looks.
All three of the states meet my criteria for temperature and precipitation. I know that the land in North Carolina is what I'm looking for, the question is if I can build what I want there based on zoning laws, or afford the cost of land since it seems like a popular place for people to relocate.
As far as Arkansas and Kentucky, well, I'll keep them on the list for now and do more research to see what they have to offer.
If you have ever visited any of these states or even better live there, drop me a comment below, I'd be very interested in what you have to say.
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