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Small towns face similar challenges – a dwindling population base to provide adequate economic activity and resources to keep the town and its institutions viable. Communities across the rural Great Plains are working to reverse the trend of depopulation.

In the spirit of the 19th Century Homestead Act, an option that is gaining popularity is the “Mini Homestead Act” – offering free land to those who are willing to locate in a rural community.

The main concept behind all these opportunities is: We have a great town in which to live. We will provide you the land to build your own home, schools for your children, local amenities for you to enjoy.

Below is a list of rural communities offering free or nearly free plots of land to those wishing to pursue the new America Dream.

Alaska State Land Offerings
The Alaska Constitution, State laws, and the Alaska Legislature all direct the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) to sell state land for settlement and private ownership.


"This town is located on the Brighton township, one of the original seven townships available in Cass County." Applications are available via the town website.


"Atwood is the perfect place for your business venture. There is a strong workforce in Rawlins County, which has a population of 2,600 people (45,000 people within an hour’s drive). They possess a strong work ethic, and appreciate family values.

Rawlins County is home to two Industrial Parks, which have several building sites available. One is conveniently located on Highway 36 and the other is located on Highway 25, allowing convenient access to roadways. Highway 36, the most direct route between Denver and Ohio, and Highway 25, the shortest connection between Interstate 70 and Interstate 80, intersect in Atwood."

Ellsworth County
Ellsworth County Economic Development, 114 ½ North Douglas. P.O. Box 321, Ellsworth, KS 67439; (785) 531-0160 (phone and fax);

Kansas Free Land
"Kansas is a great place to live, play, work or own a business. We would like you to consider moving to Kansas and have created incentives to draw you to our wonderful state. Several communities in Kansas are offering free land and other incentives. Our goal is to help our rural areas sustain and grow economically."

City of Marquette, Marquette City Hall, 113 N. Washington, Marquette, KS 67464; (785) 546-2205



The city offers free lots to anyone with a qualifying income who is willing to build a house. The city, located between Owatonna and Rochester, has 3 churches, 3 parks, a gas station and a bank — all within one square mile. See more specific requirements here.

New Richland
City of New Richland, 203 N. Broadway, P.O. Box 57, New Richland, MN 56072; (507) 465-3514


Burwell Economic Development/City of Burwell is considering offering home lots to those who would satisfy the requirements and enter into an agreement to build a new home on the lot within a specific period of time. Contact David Sawyer, Burwell Economic Development, 308-346-5210 or


Considering offering lots. Village phone 308-836-2262

Central City
Considering offering lots. Contact Chris Anderson, city administrator, 308-946-3806

(Program 1) Ed Cole, Curtis Telephone Co., 308-367-4151, (build single family house). (Program 2) Jerry Wilcox, city manager, 308-367-4122 (build house overlooking Arrowhead Meadows Golf Course).

Residential lots for new home construction. Contact Todd Wilson, village attorney or Jim Varvel, Security Bank, 308-785-3366.

Marlene Hinrichs home: 402-849-2674 cell: 402-694-1214 or Greg Ashby home: 402-849-2837 cell: 402-694-1905

Village of Kenesaw, 208 North Smith, P.O. Box 350, Kenesaw, NE 68956; (402) 752-3222 (phone and fax)

Loup City
Residential lots in a new subdivision. Contact Annette Galloway, city clerk, 308-745-0222.

Contact Jerry Ginn (402) 324-3174

North Dakota

Hazelton Development Corp., PO Box 383 Hazelton, ND 58544 Contact 1-701-782-6878 or email


La Villa
South Texas Economic Development Corp., 1800 N. Texas Blvd., Weslaco, TX 78599; (956) 969-3024;

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