I always pictured myself building first and then moving later, but that just didn't come to pass. Tired of dreaming and wanting to be proactive, I refocused my energy on on building, I decided to concentrate on finding land to park my future tiny house. I knew I didn't want to stay in the state I lived in at that time, but was uncertain where I did want to move. So, I started by printing out a map of the United States. Here is one for you to print out:
I printed out my map and got to work with a black marker. I crossed out with a great big X any state I knew right away I would never want to live. I am fortunate enough to have traveled to most all of the United States. I eliminated a good chunk of the states based on climate, crime, quality of education, taxes, and personal preference:
|First round of states eliminated|
|Second round of states eliminated|
|Third round of states eliminated|
My final round I dug deeper into where I would want to live in each of the remaining states. I asked for advice. I gathered more information via AAA. I asked everyone I knew where they would live.
After all was said and done, I settled on Oklahoma. Oklahoma is right for me. I love the weather. I love the landscape (rolling hills, beautiful fields, lovely forest - no it is not flat and bland.) I explored the job market, land prices, crime rates, regulations, etc. Ultimately my selection was right for me.
Once I picked the state I had to find some land...
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