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These are the cheapest places to buy land in every state

With home prices reaching record highs, many people believe the real estate market is at its peak. According to the Fiscal Times, it’s a seller’s market and most buyers want turnkey properties with homes already built. Despite this trend, for the adventurous few looking to buy land and build their dream homes or country ranch residences, affordable options still exist.

Buying undeveloped land comes with many advantages. Empty land usually does not cost as much as an improved lot. Additionally, it provides maximum creative flexibility — stay within your jurisdiction’s zoning codes, and you can build whatever you want. Perhaps most importantly, though, is the fact that vacant lots can often be better long-term investments.

The experts at FindTheHome used county public records to look at the sales of vacant lots since the beginning of 2014. Using this data, they averaged the lot size, sale price, and price per square foot of every vacant lot transaction in each county and found the counties with the cheapest land in each state.

Note: Nebraska and Vermont were not included in this list due to insufficient data.

Alabama: Limestone County

Average price per square foot: 38¢
Average lot size: 79,120 square feet
Average sale amount: $20,499

Alaska: Kenai Peninsula Borough

Average price per square foot: $5.55
Average lot size: 86,336 square feet
Average sale amount: $148,216

Arizona: Santa Cruz County

Average price per square foot: $1.77
Average lot size: 91,088 square feet
Average sale amount: $45,420

Arkansas: Clay County

Average price per square foot:
Average lot size: 830,617 square feet
Average sale amount: $43,083

California: Trinity County

Average price per square foot: $1.49
Average lot size: 530,863 square feet
Average sale amount: $2,342,287

Colorado: Costilla County

Average price per square foot: 18¢
Average lot size: 295,633 square feet
Average sale amount: $33,613

Connecticut: Windham County

Average price per square foot: $3.76
Average lot size: 228,264 square feet
Average sale amount: $186,069

Delaware: Kent County

Average price per square foot: $23.45
Average lot size: 19,768 square feet
Average sale amount: $196,164

Florida: Washington County

Average price per square foot: 16¢
Average lot size: 189,791 square feet
Average sale amount: $16,825

Georgia: Elbert County

Average price per square foot:
Average lot size: 10,134,234 square feet
Average sale amount: $295,325

Hawaii: Hawaii County

Average price per square foot: $15.01
Average lot size: 84,165 square feet
Average sale amount: $454,231

Idaho: Bonner County

Average price per square foot: $12.10
Average lot size: 191,169 square feet
Average sale amount: $160,203

Illinois: Ogle County

Average price per square foot: 43¢
Average lot size: 2,413,805 square feet
Average sale amount: $564,480

Indiana: Daviess County

Average price per square foot: $1
Average lot size: 1,056,959 square feet
Average sale amount: $383,336

Iowa: Hancock County

Average price per square foot: 31¢
Average lot size: 1,718,355 square feet
Average sale amount: $528,357

Kansas: Crawford County

Average price per square foot: 38¢
Average lot size: 66,846 square feet
Average sale amount: $18,750

Kentucky: Henderson County

Average price per square foot: $5.32
Average lot size: 14,743 square feet
Average sale amount: $37,333

Louisiana: Washington Parish

Average price per square foot: 21¢
Average lot size: 567,701 square feet
Average sale amount: $52,675

Maine: Kennebec County

Average price per square foot: $3.94
Average lot size: 308,961 square feet
Average sale amount: $87,193

Maryland: Somerset County

Average price per square foot: $2.33
Average lot size: 166,771 square feet
Average sale amount: $45,059

Massachusetts: Franklin County

Average price per square foot: $1.52
Average lot size: 174,228 square feet
Average sale amount: $76,488

Michigan: Newaygo County

Average price per square foot: 12¢
Average lot size: 520,610 square feet
Average sale amount: $28,628

Minnesota: Beltrami County

Average price per square foot: 4.9¢
Average lot size: 2,130,919 square feet
Average sale amount: $78,452

Mississippi: Lincoln County

Average price per square foot:
Average lot size: 1,470,498 square feet
Average sale amount: $112,613

Missouri: Lincoln County

Average price per square foot: 12¢
Average lot size: 1,537,912 square feet
Average sale amount: $117,846

Montana: Jefferson County

Average price per square foot: $1.57
Average lot size: 210,947 square feet
Average sale amount: $185,947

Nevada: Lincoln County

Average price per square foot: 25¢
Average lot size: 168,638 square feet
Average sale amount: $51,703

New Hampshire: Carroll County

Average price per square foot: $3.05
Average lot size: 205,952 square feet
Average sale amount: $83,710

New Jersey: Cumberland County

Average price per square foot: $3.12
Average lot size: 50,906 square feet
Average sale amount: $64,397

New Mexico: Quay County

Average price per square foot: $1.96
Average lot size: 84,134 square feet
Average sale amount: $55,918

New York: Yates County

Average price per square foot: 19¢
Average lot size: 974,605 square feet
Average sale amount: $45,554

North Carolina: Anson County

Average price per square foot: 15¢
Average lot size: 4,341,851 square feet
Average sale amount: $240,045

North Dakota: Cass County

Average price per square foot: $21.54
Average lot size: 107,030 square feet
Average sale amount: $354,061

Ohio: Fulton County

Average price per square foot: 47¢
Average lot size: 1,449,144 square feet
Average sale amount: $252,455

Oklahoma: Muskogee County

Average price per square foot: $4.13
Average lot size: 186,277 square feet
Average sale amount: $66,014

Oregon: Crook County

Average price per square foot: $2.69
Average lot size: 377,430 square feet
Average sale amount: $206,837

Pennsylvania: Mifflin County

Average price per square foot: 59¢
Average lot size: 544,064 square feet
Average sale amount: $53,690

Rhode Island: Washington County

Average price per square foot: $10.20
Average lot size: 68,026 square feet
Average sale amount: $224,043

South Carolina: Union County

Average price per square foot: 4.8¢
Average lot size: 2,153,109 square feet
Average sale amount: $105,586

South Dakota: Yankton County

Average price per square foot: $9.95
Average lot size: 706,751 square feet
Average sale amount: $118,555

Tennessee: Unicoi County

Average price per square foot: 37¢
Average lot size: 251,911 square feet
Average sale amount: $59,408

Texas: Wilbarger County

Average price per square foot: 4.4¢
Average lot size: 9,268,435 square feet
Average sale amount: $345,105

Utah: Sevier County

Average price per square foot: $7.12
Average lot size: 13,192 square feet
Average sale amount: $37,483

Virginia: Hanover County

Average price per square foot: 18¢
Average lot size: 2,353,580 square feet
Average sale amount: $340,034

Washington: Ferry County

Average price per square foot: 14¢
Average lot size: 705,734 square feet
Average sale amount: $52,322

West Virginia: Morgan County

Average price per square foot: 44¢
Average lot size: 277,623 square feet
Average sale amount: $29,450

Wisconsin: Douglas County

Average price per square foot: 13¢
Average lot size: 1,535,179 square feet
Average sale amount: $222,871

Wyoming: Lincoln County

Average price per square foot: $7.40
Average lot size: 104,979
Average sale amount: $358,193

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