Kansas has so much free land offered throughout the state by local Kansan governments and development groups that there’s an online hub to organize all the information, the appropriately named Kansas Free Land.
“Most rural areas in Kansas have been declining in population since 1900, so rural Kansas communities either fight or disappear,” says Jenny Russell, Republic County Economic Development Coordinator for Republic County in northern Kansas.
Her county has opted to fight. Republic County has a free land option available for the right industry and free residential lots throughout its communities for new home construction. Russell cites the area’s rural advantages: very low overhead costs compared to cities, and “With developing technologies, businesses are now able to conduct their operations from almost anywhere.”
Kansas Free Land links to more than a dozen communities, from Herndon, population 124, to towns with populations in the low thousands, each with their own offers and requirements.