How Living Off the Grid in Maine Compares to Other States – The Center Square

In the wake of the pandemic, with growing economic uncertainty and climate change stressing public infrastructure, more Americans are seeking ways to live off the grid. This does not necessarily mean forgoing all modern conveniences. Rather, living off the grid simply often means just that – being disconnected from local utility grids and having a higher degree of self-sufficiency.
A recent study released by LawnStarter, a lawn care company that frequently conducts research into city and state amenities, created a weighted index of 23 key measures to identify the best states to live off the grid. These measures fall into one of five categories: feasibility, infrastructure, affordability, climate, and safety.
According to LawnStarter, Maine ranks as the 20th best state for those seeking to live off the grid.
Maine scores highest in the infrastructure category, which includes measures like phone coverage, the share of electricity produced from renewable sources, and projected growth of wind and solar power production. The state’s lowest ranking category is affordability, which takes into account measures such as the average per-acre value of cropland, the property tax rate, and the overall cost of living.
All data in this story is from LawnStarter. A full description of the methodology is available here.
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