The Best Place To Live In The United States? Here Are 9 Maps To Consider

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Submitted by Michael Snyder via The End of The American Dream blog,

If you could live anywhere in America during the tumultuous years ahead, where would it be?  This is a topic that is hotly debated, and the truth is that there is not a single right answer.  If you have a very strong family support system where you are, it might not be right to try to move 2000 miles away and start a new life from scratch.  And for many Americans, moving is out of the question in the short-term because they are completely and totally dependent on employment in their local areas.  But in recent years we have seen an increasing number of Americans strategically relocate to another region of the country.  They can see our society breaking down and they can see the storm clouds on the horizon and they want to do what they can to prepare themselves and their families for what is ahead.  So is there a “best place to live” in the United States?  Are there some areas that are preferable to others?  The following are 9 maps to consider…

#1 Population Density

When the U.S. economy crashes and civil unrest starts erupting in our cities, ideally you will want to be living in an area with low population density.  In other words, the fewer people around the better.  The map below represents population density with a series of yellow dots.  As you can see, the west coast and the eastern half of the nation are generally very crowded.  So if you are looking for an area with lots of “breathing room”, the area between the Mississippi River and the west coast is a good place to look.

Population Density - Moonshadow Mobile


#2 Average Precipitation

Unfortunately, the western half of the nation is also generally very dry.  So if you are planning to grow your own food during a time of economic and social turmoil, that is something to keep in mind.  There are a few areas between the Mississippi River and the west coast that do get plenty of rainfall (northern Idaho for example), but those areas are few and far between.

Average Precipitation United States - Public Domain


#3 Drought

The latest national map from the U.S. Drought Monitor is the next map that I have shared.  The multi-year drought in the state of California is already the worst drought in the recorded history of the state, and many scientists believe that it could stretch on for many more years.  But it isn’t just California that has been suffering.  There are other areas in the Southwest that are starting to resemble the Dust Bowl days as well.  So obviously these areas are not ideal if you plan to be self-sufficient and grow much of your own food during a time of great crisis.

March 17 2015 US Drought Monitor


#4 Average Snowfall

If you don’t like cold and snow, you will want to avoid the colored areas on this next map.  And if you do plan to live in an area that gets plenty of cold and snow, you will want to have a solid plan for heating your home if the electrical grid goes down and is not available for an extended period of time.

Average Annual Snowfall


#5 Average Homicides

In the years ahead, crime in the United States is likely to rise dramatically.  If you are looking for somewhere safe, the areas that have relatively low crime rates right now will probably be better than areas that have relatively high crime rates right now.  In general, rates of violent crime are higher in our major cities and in the Southeast.

Homicides Per 100,000 Population - Photo by Delphi234


#6 Taxes

For a lot of people, tax rates are extremely important when choosing a place to live.  This next map shows the states where the state income tax rate is zero.  But please keep in mind that there are other reasons why some of these states may be undesirable during an emergency situation.

No Income Tax - Photo by Lokal_Profil


#7 Nuclear Power Plants

We have all seen what a single nuclear power plant disaster can do in Japan.  Well, in a future disaster scenario, we could potentially be facing multiple “Fukushimas” all at once here in the United States.  The map below shows where nuclear reactors are located throughout America.  You might want to think twice before moving in right next door to one.

Nuclear Power Plants - Public Domain


#8 Tornadoes

A single giant tornado can absolutely shred the best laid plans of any family.  There are some that feel completely and totally comfortable living right in the heart of “Tornado Alley”, and there are others that very much would like to avoid any area that is at high risk for tornadoes.  As you can see from the map below, the highest risk areas are generally in the Southeast part of the nation.

Tornado Watches Per Year - Public Domain

Of course tornadoes are far from the only natural disaster to consider when choosing a place to live.  For much more on all of this, check out these articles…

-“The New Madrid Earthquake That Will Divide The United States In Half

-“East Coast Tsunami: If It Happens, MILLIONS Of Americans Could Die

-“Why The Earthquake Near San Francisco Is Just The Start Of The Shaking In California

-“Yellowstone Supervolcano Alert: The Most Dangerous Volcano In America Is Roaring To Life


#9 Politics

For many Americans, moving to a politically-compatible area of the country is extremely important.  The map below uses red and blue to represent the average margin of victory in recent presidential elections.  The states that are very red voted very heavily for Republican candidates.  The states that are very blue voted very heavily for Democratic candidates.  The states that are purple were in the middle.  But it is important to remember that there are areas within each state that tend to be more conservative or liberal than the state overall.

Presidential Victory Margins - Photo by Ninjatacoshell

I noted more thoughts for each individual state in my previous article entitled “What Is The Best Place To Live In America? Pros And Cons For All 50 States“.  But wherever you go, the truth is that no place is going to be perfect.  The following is how Joel Skousen, the author of “Strategic Relocation: North American Guide to Safe Places“, put it in one of his recent articles

The more rural you are, the higher the cost of building, maintaining equipment and commuting to civilization—and, the higher your expenses for services including utilities, alternate energy and internet connectivity.  The more your priorities emphasize closeness to a community, the higher your risks will be during a social meltdown, and the more precise must be your preparations to bug out to a separate retreat. So, as you see, there are always compromises in life, no matter if you spend $50,000 on your property or millions, there is no perfect property that will meet all your criteria. Focus on what’s most important for you, your family and/or group.

That was very well said.

No matter what other people are doing, you have to make the choices that are right for you and your family.

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Bell's 2 hearted's picture

#10 - Place with the most overpasses


you know, just in case you need a roof over your head down the road

Jumbotron's picture

Like in Oklahoma

Actually, don't try this.  The Venturi Effect of all that wind could very easily have suck everyone out to their deaths.

Jumbotron's picture

The state income tax map should be modified to allow for "shading" like politics.  New Hampshire and Tennessee do NOT tax income per se.  They DO tax income from dividends and interest.  If you are poor like me.....and have neither of the two.....then those two states would be ok.....just from that standpoint.  Mileage varies though.

TruthInSunshine's picture

Simon Black, aka Sovereign Man, has a rolling domicile, from Kingston, to Haiti, to Capetown, to Romania.

CrazyCooter's picture

This is a piss poor analysis on which to base a move as presented.

Tornadoes? Is this guy serious? Please compare a tornado to a hurricane in terms of damage and get back to me.



cnmcdee's picture

When posed with the best place to live in the United States first thing that popped in my head  is - anywhere outside the border...



johngaltfla's picture

Well, the one map is totally out of date. The Duke Power Nuke Plant in Crystal River has been cold for years and is now being dismantled.

Too bad they did not include "gun freedom" and "self defense" states on the maps as Florida make Texas look like pikers. We want everyone armed who is a lawful citizen. Hell, I want a Ma Deuce and that might just get legalized.

CrazyCooter's picture

The book by Mayburry "What ever happened to justice?" is not only a great primer for any middle school age person who wants a firm logical grip on common/natural law, but it also ranks all the countries in the world based on conformity to the principles of common law. It is an appendix in the back. I would start here if you are serious about looking abroad.



TrafficNotHere's picture

NH Income tax rate is also zeop but its not listed.

power steering's picture

F L O R I D A . Fcuk the rest a ya. I tried  NYC, LA, So Cal, NO, Houston 

power steering's picture

Why I dont post on ZH much much is that if I want to respond to some total retard directly is that my response/post will show up 2 pages back, Buried. Hate that. 

power steering's picture

Ho, is the optimal parse of your inannity

Headbanger's picture



USisCorrupt's picture

Kentucky wins hands down to be most friendly towards Guns.

Jeff_NH's picture

Not really. Kentucky is pretty decent on guns but there are plenty of states that are arguably better.

You've got a much longer list of prohibited places than NH and the barrier for a concealed carry permit is a bit higher.  KY seems like a pretty typical fairly pro-gun state. With more states adding permitless concealed carry all the time, I'd say you are probably only in the top ~10.

Ace Ventura's picture

Some of ya'll might be surprised about this....but the friendliest gun state is Vermont. I wouldn't live there because everything else (taxes, politics, etc) is in many ways abhorrent to liberty.....but yes unless things have changed recently, Vermont is SUPER gun friendly (e.g. no 'permission' required for concealed carry, etc).


Took Red Pill's picture

another idea is to get a sail boat and live on that until things die down (literally)

claytonmoore50's picture

I think Az or Florida might be better on gun rights

JimBowie1958's picture

Asheville NC is the optimal place is you like guns, hate snow, hate dense populations, love mountain air and seeing the Milky Way on occasion. Nice cost of living and not far from just about anywhere in Eastern US.  No tornadoes or hurricans of any impact.

Contrast that with New York and you wonder why it has so many damned people...but whatever it is hope they stay there and the hell away from the South.

SilverIsKing's picture

My aim is to permanently move to the state of inebriation. I won't have to worry about politics, taxes, gun laws, etc. Right now, I just visit from time to time but someday, it will be a permanent move.

Late onset ADHD's picture

huh?... Idaho?...

bunch-o-rino inbreds...

running the table on their own red-brain lemming electorate... insidious...

there is no grass-is-greener anywhere, anymore...

deal with it.

Jeff_NH's picture

Also no general sales tax in NH too as opposed to many of the other states given a pass on organized theft on that list...

Refuse-Resist's picture

My brother-in-law lives in NH in a quaint little town.


He ran a garage sale a couple of years back, and had the audacity to not apply and purchase a permit.  Shortly after commencing said sale, a blue hero showed up and demanded said permit.MY BIL nearly got his ass kicked and went to jail for arguing with the cop about the whole live free or die thing.  Also, he pays ~$10k per year in property taxes on a 1400 sq ft home built in 1920.  My property tax on 7 acres and 1400 sq ft home in NC:  $680.

So yeah, you have no income/sales tax, but they still stick it to you.  I would venture to say that the overall tax load is similar in every state.  If then can't get it from one pocket, they take it from another.

My ultimate measure of liberty is Consitutional Carry.  Maybe 3 states allow that? Ak, VT, and AZ? The rest require varying levels of permission for a man to defend himself and his family.

There is no real liberty left in this country and believing so is a dangerous illusion.


Let me get ready for the 'safety checkpoint' and mandatory blood test if a blue hero decides I need one -- my permission not required. And god forbid I should decide to grow the wrong plant.  Murderjuana hurts the children, you understand?

El Vaquero's picture

NM has constitutional carry, so long as it isn't concealed.  If you want concealed, you have to get a permit, but carrying concealed in most places without a permit is a petty misdemeanor.  The big one is carrying into places that sell alcohol if it's not concealed and you don't have a permit.  This includes grocery stores. This violates the NM constitution in ways that couldn't even be covered by strict scrutiny, but it's not going to go away. 


But, walking down the street with a gun on your hip is considered such a strong right here that if you merely get detained and the only reason is that you're carrying, the cop does not have qualified immunity. 

Bunghole's picture


That nuclear power map is pure BS.  

There are only two plants in Ohio.  The other two were constructed but not operated or built as a pilot back in the 60's.


CrazyCooter's picture

I have been chewing this fat since about 2010. I actually did quite a bit of research on the subject before chosing Alaska. I am pretty close to pulling the trigger on New Zealand, which I still think is the best off shore home for a working class joe with marketable job skills.

Realize that if this crap in Europe goes hot, there are a lot of places abroad that can very quickly become bloody hell holes.

Or, as Bill Joy was famous for saying, "One is successful driving a car by looking through the windshield". His point is most people look backwards and extrapolate forward rather than looking at what is in front of them.



TruthInSunshine's picture

Australia & NZ are inherently vulnerable to China's problems, 'scro.

Curiously_Crazy's picture

True, but the article is implying a situation of societal/economic collapse (First paragraph states "They can see our society breaking down and they can see the storm clouds on the horizon and they want to do what they can to prepare themselves and their families for what is ahead." )

Even if all borders were shut down - or harsh tariffs universally enacted, we will still get by because at least we can still:

- Feed ourselves (large producer of grains, vegetables, sugar, sheep, cattle)

- Producing for ourselves is possible (why the hell we aren't value adding to the iron ore and producing steel for export right now is beyond me.. we do however produce aluminium, shitloads of copper wiring and other sundries, plastics, components etc)  Re the vehicle issue I don't think every one of the Holden/Ford/Toyota plants will be fully dismantled - the gov (or someone with foresite) will end up keeping the tooling because having at least one vehicle manufacturing plant is essential.

- We have fuel. Shitloads of it. I'm talking LPG! Cars run on it no worries. Ovens and BBQ's run on gas no worries. And gas is fine for heating.

Sure politically the place is becoming a fucking cesspool but that'll change quicksmart when things fall apart.



BLOTTO's picture

Now just add map #10


- The Zombie Apocalypse model they ran thats running currently as the top article - andddd now you have no place to really live safely/efficiently.


CrazyCooter's picture

Meant to say I came close to pulling the trigger, but buckling in for a crash now.

NZ will stay fed, which is better than many will pan out. 

EDIT: Since I didn't get a comment from my edit (via my BB), I am perplexed because I SWORE i wrote came instead of am in my original comment. I hate doing forum stuff on a phone - total PITA.

Anyway, taxes are the first wall to hit everyone. Countries with high debt are going to take it on the chin in taxes. Countries with low debt will ride much smoother.

Demographics are the next big ticket item; lots of old people means lots of problems and lots of young people means not a lot of problems. Immigrate and bring your P's with you.

Actual productivity is also really important. I mean, only a few places can be banking leach centers; everyone else has to work for a living. Look at the salt-of-the-earth stuff like farming, ranching, agriculture. Climate is a big one for this, particularly long term climate patterns (i.e. not California).

Manufacturing is nice, but a modern life can be had for good rain (hydro and low population), wood, wool, cotton, feathers, and leather. All of that was supplanted by oil (petro-chem plastics, etc), but it doesn't mean with some good craftsmen you can't roll back a bit.

Most of the shit we consume today isn't essential. Learn to look at everything you touch in a day and prioritize it. What is is made of and what does it take to get the job done (i.e. assume fungible materials).



Curiously_Crazy's picture

Haha yeah those bastard zombies. What ever can one do! Though the thought occures that without water (those fuckers are still flesh after all) lets see them reach here or here  without losing all body fluids resulting in their brains turning into a dry husk.

No need to do the usual bullet through the brain let nature do the work for you since the nearest town is around 400 miles away. The accomodation wouldn't exactly 5 star but hey with a slash of paint it'll be all roses.

I'm sure I'm onto something big here.

USisCorrupt's picture

The Ozarks in Missouri wins hands down. With ONLY 2% of the water supply on this planet being drinkable. The St.Francios aquifer holds the very best water in the WORLD. I personally own 2 wells.

Thirst Mutilator's picture

Plus ~ You can find "Jim Dandy to the Rescue" on every jukebox.

Bunghole's picture

Along with that great aquifer, you have the pleasure of having the highest lead contamination in the US thanks to Doe Run.

Enjoy your birth defects.

Matthew John's picture

Shh..... don't tell them.

We are fine right here in MO.

Besides, we may have beach-front property!

-“The New Madrid Earthquake That Will Divide The United States In Half

GeorgeHayduke's picture

I lived in tornado alley for nearly 40 years and only saw one, maybe two, funnel clouds the whole time. Never saw a tornado on the ground. Saw their path through corn and bean fields, but rarely any major damage.

Took Red Pill's picture

me too. I don't think tonadoes are one of the biggest threats

Kobe Beef's picture

But one does not simply post census records showing concentrations of Bantus and Aztecs and call it a day. Not in the USSA. I've heard it's still PC if you call them 'zombies', however.

Kirk2NCC1701's picture

Simon's rolling domicile probably allows him to legally avoid paying income tax in ALL the countries in which he has legal residence or citizenship.

Given that he has not given up his own USC (US Citizenship), and therefore must file taxes with the IRS, I'd be curious to see what accounting & tax games he is able to play, to avoid paying taxes. Having an offshore LLC is probably key. But I'm sure he doesn't pay a dime of income tax or dividend tax, only some very nominal property taxes in Chile.

August's picture

After a three-year holiday on taxing foreign-source income, Chile applies tax to all income personally received, worldwide.  That indeed sounds harsh for the ordinary working Jose, but any Simon worth his salt will retain his earnings in one or more controlled structures, which I have heard works in the Chilean tax system, and many others.

A man's just got to know his limitations.

Secede Or Die's picture

Kirk....such bullshit pro statist ideas you have. There are millions of people that have seceded from the state controllers and file no papers with the state lords. You say, "... Therefor MUST file taxes withthe IRS..." No, there is no must. As a statist, you believe you must so you keep financing those that control you. How's that working out?

Secede or die.

Pemaquid's picture

While NH does not have income taxes they more than make up for it in property taxes.

A Nanny Moose's picture

As an acute adrenaline junkie...where do I sign up?

Perimetr's picture

They left out the map of New Zealand.

pupton's picture

#1 should be the percentage of the local population dependent on government payments (welfare, soscial security, unemployment payments, etc.) for their survival.  Or just go with EBT cards per capita.

This will be the #1 factor in determining the tonnage of shit hitting the fan in an area.

I'm going to go out on a limb and also say % of English as a second language will be an area to avoid.


Bumbu Sauce's picture

What's worng with Nuke plants?  You want juice or no?

Bell's 2 hearted's picture

i've always wanted to try 3 eyed fish marinated with BP Gulf water

Bumbu Sauce's picture

Iwent to the gulf a few times afte rthe "did you plug the hole yet daddy?" incident.  Had scrimps, softshell crabs, catfish, and redfish.  Dilution is the solution to pollution.