December 12, 2021


The best states for tiny homes

Throughout the last several years, the market for tiny homes has seen big growth. The pandemic accelerated the demand for this unique way of living as both first-time homebuyers and property investors have been attracted to the affordability and flexibility that tiny living provides.

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But where is the best place to find and live in a tiny home? We crunched the numbers on tiny home prices across the country as well as cost of living, median income and other factors to determine the most ideal states for tiny homes.

After analyzing tiny home listing data, we found that Mississippi is the most affordable state to buy a tiny home ($30,000). The state is also one of the most affordable places to buy a traditional home, according to Zillow. Nebraska ranks second with the average tiny home cost coming in around $34,000, followed by North Dakota ($34,333), New Hampshire ($34,950) and Kentucky $35,000.

In terms of states with the most expensive tiny homes, you’d have to look west – way west – at Hawaii, where tiny home prices average around $93,333. California ($74,917) is the second most expensive state for tiny homes, followed by Nevada ($71,963), Connecticut ($69,500) and New Mexico ($66,319).

What are the Best States for Tiny Homes?

Along with the cost of buying a tiny home, there are many other factors to consider. First, potential buyers should be aware that many states, counties and cities have different rules, regulations and zoning requirements, which may prohibit them from building or buying a tiny home. In order to provide an accurate list of the best states for tiny homes, we excluded states that have strict laws against building a tiny home or living in a tiny home year-round.

Our ranking includes several other factors such as average cost to buy a tiny home, median income, cost of living index (food, health, transportation and miscellaneous costs), average annual temperature and percentage of state and local park space in each state for those who might be traveling with tiny homes on wheels.

#1 – Georgia

Northern Georgia’s Blue Ridge mountains offer some of the most picturesque landscapes for tiny home living, so it might not come as a surprise that the state is No. 1 on the list for best places for tiny homes. The average price of a tiny home is about $43,819 and the state has a mild climate with an average annual temperature of 62.3 degrees, which is ideal for the outdoor lifestyle that tiny home living provides.

#2 – Texas

Coming in at No. 2 is the Lonestar State. Sure, everything might be bigger in Texas, but that doesn’t mean your home has to be. With an average tiny home cost of $48,120 and a median income of $64,034, you can get the most bang for your buck when it comes to tiny living in Texas.

#3 – Kansas

While the average annual temperature might be a bit cooler than the first two states on our list, Kansas offers very affordable tiny home prices ($35,500) as well as a low cost of living and a median income of $62,087.

#4 – Florida

If it’s sunshine and outdoor living you’re looking for then look no further than Florida for tiny home living. The state’s abundance of both state and national parks make it ideal for indoor/outdoor living. The average cost of a tiny home runs around $50,460.

#5 – California

If you’re still craving sunshine, but prefer the west coast, California might be your best bet for tiny home living. Nearly eight percent of the state is covered by state and national parks, and the average annual temperature is a pleasant 61.2 degrees.

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