Several big cities are becoming increasingly unmanageable.
For that reason, a lot of people are opting to leave altogether.
Here are things to consider when escaping from urban areas.
Society is facing a host of problems that could bring disaster at any time.
Another financial collapse is on the horizon, antibiotic-resistant superbugs are raising alarms at the CDC, and homelessness is becoming a crisis in many metropolises.
For these reasons and more, people are fleeing urban areas, partly because quality of life is slipping, and also because urban survival would be incredibly difficult in a dire SHTF scenario.
If you’re looking for a good bug-out location outside of the city, or you’re searching for a less chaotic life, here are some things to consider.
The first thing to consider is how far away from the city you want to move.
Big cities and military bases are the top targets for a terrorist attack from a foreign enemy, so it’s a good idea to be outside a 50-mile radius from a giant metropolis.
That said, picking a location too far off the beaten path could make it difficult to access resources.
The next thing to take into consideration is the climate.
Ideally, you want a place with good soil and temperate seasons.
If you’re comfortable in harsher climates, or even prefer them, that has to be factored into your decision-making.
Areas with milder climates are more conducive to living off the land.
Also, take into consideration the wildlife in the area.
If you fish, hunt, or trap, certain regions of the country will ensure that you’ll have access to protein in tough times.
Next, natural disasters must factor into your decision.
If you’re in a region such as the southeast and you’re at risk for hurricanes, be sure to have insurance and a sound evacuation plan if necessary.
If you’re in tornado alley, have a bunker you can quickly escape to, because tornadoes give very little advanced notice.
Next, consider the laws and regulations of an area.
Don’t pick a location with nanny state policies and harsh gun laws.
Avoid states with heavy taxes and onerous regulations.
Ironically, a lot of the people who voted for these bad policies are now fleeing them for more conservative areas.
A few of the areas that are popular for people looking for alternatives to major urban hubs are Idaho, Wyoming, Texas, Arkansas, and Tennessee.
These states—and a handful of others—have reasonably good governance at the state level and provide attractive cost of living.
Conversely, states like California have gone so far to the left in the urban centers, it’s affected the entire state.
California is a test case for why local control is so important.
Outside of the major coastal cities, California is like an entirely different state.
If you’re considering the move to a more rural area, make sure you have your checklist in order so you can make a detailed plan.