We're all a bit young to have been Sooners, jumping the gun for the Oklahoma land rush. We missed the homesteading opportunities in Alaska. We'll never get a section (160 acres) just for building a house and tending the land for a few years. But there are still some homesteading opportunities around.
This slideshow from CNBC lists some of them.
Marne, Iowa is a very tiny town, but within a long commute from Omaha and Des Moines. They have three residential lots available for a person to settle on and build a home.
New Richland, Minnesota is a small town 75 miles from the Twin Cities that is offering 86'x 133' lots in a subdivision. You have to pay for utility connections and build within a year.
Kansas has so many counties with free land programs, they have a central website, www.KansasFreeLand.com.
Beatrice, Nebraska has several lots available, first come-first served, where you will have to occupy for five years before it is all yours.
Curtis, Nebraska is a town of 832 that offers several free lots in a subdivision, and others that overlook the town's 9 hole golf course.
Not mentioned in the slideshow was Chugwater, Wyoming. You may have had some chili made with the delicious Chugwater Chili spice mixtures. It's a very small town about 1/2 hour north of Cheyenne. A couple years ago, they also had a homestead program, but a recent visit to their website looks like it has ended.
While such locations may not be an option if you have to be in or near a major city for work or other reasons, small town living can be very attractive to an entrepreneur working from home, the retired, or someone with a mobile job such as doctor, teacher, or minister. If It Hits The Fan, I'd much rather be in a small town than in a major city. This might be just the program for some of you to achieve that.