Best states for preppers ( Top 15 )

There are a lot of individual preppers and prepper communities alike across the country, however, some states are better for preppers than others. No matter how good or bad a state is for prepping there will still be people who manage to be as prepared as they can be. Being a prepper is legal no matter in which state you live, although as you will find out in my article some states make it fairly difficult to be a prepper.

The best states for preppers are Texas, Ohio, Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Colorado, North Carolina, Maine, Tennessee, North Dakota, West Virginia, Missouri, Minnesota, Oregon, and Alabama. When determining how good a state is for preppers you have to take into consideration the population density, cost of living, natural disasters, government regulations, crime rate, and if the local authorities encourage prepping.

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One of the most important factors for a good state for preppers is how high the cost of living is. Generally speaking, you will have a far easier time being a prepper in a state with low living costs than in one that has high living costs. Even if money isn’t a problem for you, but the main idea of prepping is to be self-sufficient, and there are a lot of states which will allow you to get as prepared as you want to be for a lot cheaper then some states.

Another very important factor when determining how good a state is for preppers is the crime rate, although this rate has to be taken with a grain of salt. Some states have fairly high crime rates, usually, these states have a couple of big cities. Generally speaking, states which have at least one big city will have a higher crime rate, but if you would take out the city from the crime rate equation than the actual crime rate is a lot lower.

Rural areas tend to have the lowest crime rate, and even areas sounding a city can have fairly high crime rates. In case of an SHTF scenario, the last thing you would want is to find yourself in a high crime rate area, sooner or later people will be looking for stuff to loot, you know, like how some peaceful protests turn into a looting free for all. If you want to live off the grid and you are looking to relocate then check out my recent article Off grid living legal states ( Top 13 ).


One of the best states for preppers is Texas, although at first glance it might not look so good. Texas has several larger cities, which does increase its crime rate, but the cost of living is significantly lower than in other states. The semi-arid climate can be problematic for some people, but if you are used to the climate than you will have little to no problem as a prepper. Another good reason why Texas is a good state for preppers is that it has cheap and plenty of land.

The population density is higher around the cities, but Texas is massive and you will be able to find plenty of land for sale at an extremely low price. As a prepper, you already know that you will need a lot of water, and this can be difficult in a semi-arid climate. In addition to this, Texas is probably one of the best states to generate power with solar panels.


If you are not a fan of the semi-arid climate than Ohio will be excellent for you. Ohio has a fairly low cost of living, and a low crime rate, which makes it excellent for preppers. You have plenty of options when it comes to growing crops, so you can live self sufficiently without a lot of problems. The main reason why I didn’t put this state on top of the list is because of the growing season. Although you can grow a lot of different crops in Idaho, but the growing season is significantly shorter than in other states, mostly due to the climate. If you want to know more information about how you can live self sufficiently then check out my recent article How to be self sufficient ( In 14 Easy Steps ).


When most people think of an ideal state for preppers they think of Alaska. This state has plenty of natural resources and a low population density which are good things to have as a prepper. Although this state is extremely good for preppers, but it ain’t for everybody. I was born and raised in Alaska and throughout the years I have seen plenty of people moving to this state and moving out after the first year.

If you have lived most of your life in the northern parts of the country, then you shouldn’t have any issues with the local climate. The main problem in Alaska is the short growing season and this is why a lot of preppers tend to hunt and fish in this state, as they can not rely only on their crops.


There are a lot of new preppers moving to this state, so in a couple of years, the housing market will be a bit more expensive. This state has everything that you need as a prepper, and its only significant problem for some people is the local climate. You can grow plenty of crops here, but due to the geographical location, the climate tends to be fairly cold, which means that the growing period is shorter. If you are fairly new to prepping then I highly recommend you check out my recent article How to start prepping in 12 Steps ( Prepping for Beginners ).


Montana is very similar to Idaho when it comes to preppers, the main difference is that the climate is even colder than in Idaho. In addition to this, you are limited to a couple of different types of crops to grow, as the growing period tends to be even shorter than in Idaho. One of the main reasons why this state is excellent for preppers is because it has a low population density, and this also comes with a low cost of property.


Colorado has plenty of natural resources, and this is also a good state for bugging out as well. There are several prepping communities in Colorado and for the most part, you will have no problems as a prepper in this state. Although Colorado is not for every prepper, the main problem with this state is that the cost of living and the taxes tend to be fairly high. Most preppers who are in Colorado have been born and raised in that state, and not a lot of preppers move here due to the high cost of living.

North Carolina

North Carolina is quickly becoming a preppers paradise, and as long as you keep away from tourist locations you should have no problem as a prepper. The biggest draw for preppers is North Carolina’s low cost of living which makes it a lot easier to stockpile food. In addition to this, North Carolina also has a low cost of property, which is a big factor in most preppers’ eyes. The one drawback of North Carolina is the natural disaster, as this state is prone to having a lot of them.


As you have probably noticed, most of the northern states are excellent for preppers, and this is the same case for Maine as well. There is not a lot of bad things you can say about Maine, except the harsh climate. Other than that the population density and the cost of living are fairly low, although the cost of living has been steadily rising in recent years. Maine has plenty of natural resources and water, although as with most northern states you do have a limited growing period, so a greenhouse is a must.


If you take a look at the crime rate statistics of Tennessee than you might think that this is not a good state for preppers. The truth is that there are only a couple of areas with a high crime rate and the vast majority of the state has either the same crime rate as the national average or even lower. The main reason why a lot of preppers are moving to Tennessee is that it is cheap, and by cheap I mean it is well below the national average, both in terms of cost of living and cost of property.

North Dakota

North Dakota is an excellent state for preppers, and a lot of preppers live in this state. Prepping in North Dakota is a way of life, due to the harsh winters most people prepare for the winter during the summer. The population density is fairly low, and you have plenty of options when it comes to hunting and fishing. In addition to this, the cost of living and the cost of property is well below the national average. The only drawback in this state is the limited growing period.

West Virginia

West Virginia has plenty of natural resources, which is a must for every good prepper state. The main reason why there are so many preppers in this state is because the cost of living and the cost of property is significantly lower than in the surrounding states. When it comes to growing crops you have plenty of options and the growing period is fairly long. One downside of this state is the high unemployment rate, and in some areas of the state, this also leads to a high crime rate.


The main reason why Missouri is extremely good for preppers is due to agriculture. There are a lot of crops that can be grown in this state and the land is fairly fertile. The local climate is fairly mild and it is extremely good for growing crops. On the other hand, there are two main drawbacks to this state, bad health and education system. In addition to this, some areas can have fairly high unemployment and crime rates.


Minnesota has a lot of lakes and rivers in addition to plenty of other natural resources. As a prepper, you can easily live off the land in this state, and due to the low population density, you will have no problem finding cheap land. The cost of living is also significantly lower than the national average which is a big plus. The main problem with this state is the same as with any other northern state, short growing period.


If you are looking for a good state for preppers on the west coast then Oregon should be on the top of your list. The climate is fairly mild and there are plenty of natural resources, in addition to this, there are a lot of preppers and prepper communities in this area. The problem with Oregon is that a lot of people are moving to this state from California, although the cost of living and the cost of the property is still affordable, but they are slowly rising due to this influx of people coming from California.


If you are not from Alabama than you probably do not know that there are a lot of preppers in this state. Alabama has virtually everything which you need as a prepper, low cost of living, low cost of property, long growing period, and plenty of freshwater. With that being said this state does have a couple of problems, not just for preppers but for the general population as well, like the bad educational and healthcare system.


In conclusion

As you can see there are several good states for preppers, although this doesn’t mean that you can not be a prepper in any of the other states. Before choosing a state as a prepper you have to take into consideration several factors, like the job market, natural disasters, crime rate, cost of living, and so on.

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