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Americans are always on the move and on the lookout for the most affordable land. A recent study on 2020 relocation trends showed how most Americans moved South or West last year, with Idaho experiencing the largest gain of new residents. South Carolina, Oregon, South Dakota, and Arizona also experienced inbound migration higher than 60%, while New Jersey, New York, Illinois, Connecticut, and California topped the list for the highest outbound moves.

As millions of Americans look for new places to live in 2021, there has been a high demand in the real estate market for existing homes. Finding alternatives to traditional real estate searches is a necessity as housing prices rise, and homes become harder to find. Buying acres of livable land with homesites is a viable alternative if you’re interested in living in a rural area. This research assesses land pricing and availability trends throughout the U.S. to determine the best and most affordable states for rural land purchases.