Anyone interested in checking out this way, let me know. The upside is tons and tons of wild lands, not pristine, but certainly wild.
The downside: the heat. For real, gets really damn hot.
If you're looking for land in Missouri, MAKE SURE IT HAS WATER ON IT!! Nearly everything I had looked at out here did, most properties do, but it's pretty damn essential. Would love to have more people in the area. Property, even with a house, is fairly cheap out here. Land taxes on our 20 acres with two structures is like $600/yr.
If you want to ease into the land, rent is dirt cheap in these towns. You can rent a 2 bedroom house in Salem for $300/month, but these towns are gnarly. Dirt poor redneck towns that seem like they just missed the last 20 years. Wages are garbage.