BEST PLACES TO OWN A RANCH IN THE U.S.By United Country Auction Services
July 20, 2021
Where is the best place to buy ranch land in the United States? We dove into some of the key factors that play into the answer to this question like.
BEST PLACES TO OWN A RANCH IN THE U.S.
According to a
recent study comparing all 50 states, the top states to own a ranch are
Kentucky, Oklahoma, North Dakota, Texas and Montana. There are many key factors
that weigh into the ranking: cost of land, property taxes, climate,
infrastructure and even mineral production. Below we break down each area so
you can decide where the best place is for you to own and operate your cattle
ranch, hunting ranch, recreational ranch or luxury ranch.
and Ranch Land Prices
national average cost per acre for farm and ranch land in the United States is
$4,442. It has risen 4.5 percent over the past 20 years. The lowest land prices
are in Montana ($808), Oklahoma ($1,180), South Dakota ($1,186) and Wyoming
($1,215). On the flip side, the highest cost per acre lies in the states of New
Jersey ($12,900), California ($9,340) and Arizona ($8,026). Other popular ranch
states like Missouri, Texas and Colorado all fall well below the national
like land prices, property tax rates have climbed rapidly, particularly over
the past five to 10 years. California, by far, has the highest property taxes
in the nation at more than $17,000 per farm on average. Nebraska has seen the biggest spike in property tax rates,
increasing more than 30 percent since 2012. The average rate per farm in the
state is $16,151. Although South Dakota has some of the lowest cost of land in
the country, they come in third for highest property tax rates at $9,568 per farm.
lowest property taxes are in the states of Texas and Nevada, which don’t have
state property tax.
Rights and Production
the last five years, five states have led the country in mineral production,
accounting for nearly one-third of the total mineral production value for the
U.S. Those states are Nevada, Arizona, Texas, California and Minnesota. You can
view all mineral rights by state on the .
Rankings for Best Places to Own a Ranch
recently conducted a survey comparing all 50 states across 44 key
metrics to rank the best states to own a farm or ranch. Some of the metrics
included infrastructure, cost, environmental factors and potential returns.
study concluded that the top 10 states for owning a ranch were as follows:
3. North Dakota
in close behind these states were Missouri, Tennessee and Wyoming.
asked some of our ranch land experts from across the country at and United Country Real Estate to tell us which state they believe
is the best to own and operate a ranch. Here are some of their responses:
our water resources, the National Forest and state land leases for grazing, you
don’t have to buy or own a large piece of land to operate a ranch. The trout
fishing is legendry and world class. Then, add the
incredible hunting we have for deer, elk, bear and mountain lions on top of
that for more adventure or for additional lease income from your ranch
property. Our skiing is always close by any ranch property for winter
recreation as well. We have I-70 running east to west and I-25 bisecting the
state north to south, so accessing your ranch is pretty convenient.” Michael
Idaho! We have the Selway, Lochsa and Clearwater Rivers. Amazing fishing for
starters, great elk, other big game and deer hunting, lots of pheasant, grouse
and turkey hunting. Idaho has productive cattle ranches
and state land to graze on, including plentiful hay fields. .”- Candice
Southeast Oklahoma, we have the best of it all. We have several rivers,
grasses, hayfields, woods and a lot of ranches here. This is cattle country at
its best!” – Kam Harden, .
Southern Oklahoma, there is easy access to the rodeo circuit. Very low property
taxes, less expensive property and world renowned horse trainers and breeders.
The Noble Foundation also has a massive amount of resources developed for
farmers and ranches investing nine figures into research and development.” –
Marcus Cunningham, .
have ample water, plentiful grass and favorable private property rights. We can
run one cow/calf pair per three acres, combined with some of the lowest land
prices in the Midwest and Southeast. We have plenty of ground water and rain
and, while we have all for seasons, none are extreme. We graze 12 months a
year. Very low property taxes too. And, as an added bonus, our rolling hills
give us more grazing per acre.” – Liz Citron, .
is cattle country. We have them everywhere with pastures dotted with oil wells.
In this area south of Houston we have a lot of wide open land. Easy access to major cities and excellent transportation
infrastructure.” – Chuck Redman, .
is known as “The Lone Star State.” There are many benefits of owning a ranch
that has potential of making money here. A ranch you choose could be for
raising cattle, growing crops, equine boarding business, an event center and
more. Land can be leased, which allows others to use it for their business,
said Wendy Johnson, owner/broker for United Country | Texas Landmark
Properties. “You can make a profit by owing a ranch in Texas no matter what
size it is. There are also tax advantages; whether it is a homestead residence
exemption, wildlife/conservation tax exemption, agricultural or timber
exemptions. A working farm is also entitled to deductions like depreciation,
equipment, operating losses, utilities and salaries.”
ranches are available in every state in the U.S. and you can find luxury
ranches, prime hunting, fishing and recreational ranches, cattle ranches and
other ranch properties for sale in nearly every state if you’re looking for
your dream ranch or to expand your ranching operations. Even has beautiful ranch
land. If you’re looking to buy or sell your ranch
land, contact one of our ranch experts at United Country and UC Ranch
Properties. Find an agent near you or search all available ranch property
listings at .