A Google search for free land brings up the kansasfreeland.com
site. They are apparently pretty serious about having you take a plot of land in several Kansas communities (Atwood, Plainville, Osborn, Lincoln, etc.) and build a home there. There are conditions, of course. They want you to be serious and build within a specified time frame (varies by community).
Several publications have weighed in on the interesting free-land phenomenon. Walletpopcom published "Five Places Where Land is Free"
in 2010. The featured locations were Marquette, Kansas, Atwood Kansas, Elwood, Nebraska, Marne, Iowa, Muskegon, Michigan, and Camden, Maine.
Thehappyrock.com published an article in 2007 titled "40 Acres and a Mule"
. They point out that some places provide cash for each child in your family ($1,500 to $3,000) because "...Each new child is worth an additional $6,000 to our school district
from the state", said Anita Hoffhines, executive director of Ellsworth
County Economic Development.
Mother Earth News still makes available Lawrence Goldsmith's classic article "Locating and Buying Low-cost Land"
with suggestions for making a search of local government agencies for low-cost or free land in the U.S. and Canada.
Yahoo! Real Estate published "7 Towns Where Land is Free"
in 2010. CNNMoney.com published "Free Land in the Heartland"
in 2004. Each of these articles cautions readers that scams have arisen which purport to offer free land from the U.S. government. The U.S. government no longer has a homesteading program like it did a hundred years ago.
Much more common is free land from your family. Many of our users and some of my friends have sliced off a piece of family land on which to build.