Is Kentucky a Good Survival Retreat Location for Preppers?

M.D. Creekmore

I've been interested in self-reliance topics for over 25 years. I’m the author of four books that you can find here. Over the years, I’ve learned a lot about prepping, homesteading, and self-reliance topics through first-hand experience and now I want to share what I’ve learned with you.

9 Responses

  1. Gordon Rottman says:

    I personally don’ think that any place that has snow even part of the winter can be a good location for a prepper. Cold weather means more fuel consumption, more caloric consumption, more opportunities for cold climate illnesses and injuries, more time and difficulty to perform outdoor work, and less game is present.

  2. M.D. Creekmore says:

    Gordon Rottman,

    “Less game is present” Really? Lol!

  3. P.C. says:

    I wonder where Crab Orchard KY fits in? What area? I am trying to figure that out. Great article Thanks.

  4. Penrod. says:

    Good article.

    An important issue to consider in looking at a new state: how responsible is the legislature, and by extension, the people who elect the legislature?

    Using state debt per capital as a proxy, Tennessee comes out way ahead of Kentucky. Kentucky has the 15th highest state debt per capita in the country. Tennessee is #42.

    Source: https://taxfoundation.org/where-does-your-state-stand-state-local-debt-capita/

    Now, you must also look at other measures, because ability to pay that debt is also an issue: a state with high debt but low taxes has the ability to raise taxes to pay off debt. A high debt state which also already has very high taxes, like our state of Hawaii, has a lot less room. Small recessions can cause serious problems in the later. Massive recessions can be a disaster for taxpayers. Laying off half the police and fire departments in a major downturn is a bad thing for most people.

    At a more basic level, high debt combined with high taxes tells something important about the culture of a state: it probably has a lot of irresponsible spend now, pay later voters. Like Hawaii.

    There are a lot of considerations which should go into choosing a state or area within a state, many of them impacting day to day life in decent times. Some may become moot in terrible times, or become even more important.

    If you expect a complete breakdown, like we are seeing in Venezuela, routine city amenities may not make up for potential problems. The flip side of that though is the extreme danger to isolated houses in a major breakdown: one shooter with patience and a scoped deer rifle may have trouble killing a whole family, but the first family member is his.

    During the Lebanese Civil War, many parts of Beirut were in big trouble. Some suburbs changed hands back and forth as fighting continued. In 1977 I briefly stayed in a house in a Phalangist neighborhood which had been captured by the Left, then retaken. The owner had returned to discover over 100,000 rounds of small arms ammunition stored there. He was delighted to sell it to the Phalangists for a dollar a round, but his neighbors were far less lucky: lots of looting, no ammo.

    Some small mountain villages were entirely evacuated. I don’t remember many isolated farm houses there, but they would have been 100% at the mercy of the private militias. Same with a village I had lived in in 1975: it was eventually evacuated at gunpoint. People had two options: start walking, or die right here, right now. Take your pick.

    So, much of planning depends on how bad one thinks things are going to get, and how soon. I like city living. Do I want to live in one in good times? Sure. Do I want to live in one in really, really bad times? Noooooo!

    Somewhere we have to compromise between day to day life and the prospect of serious problems. I’d start with a state which has well run, responsible government because that is an indicator of serious voters who take their political responsibilities seriously. That’s one of several reasons we are planning on abandoning Hawaii to the irresponsible voters who control government here.

  5. 173dVietVet says:

    I have lived in far Western Kentucky for three decades. It is sparsely populated in the three counties bordered by the Mississippi River with each county population being between 6 to 8 thousand. Only has light industry and farming with small towns and many churches. The population is heavily Republican, conservative and Christian.

    These counties benefit from TVA low electric rates and are about the cheapest places to live in the Nation. Yes, Kentucky has had poor Administration from DemonicRats but for the past six years the legislature has been controlled by Republicans and now the governor for three years. This has helped turn the Commonwealth around economically. The debt mentioned above is real but was all put in by DemonicRats and is being corrected now that the adults are in charge,

    Many small farm tracts are available and water resources are abundant. Winters in this Western tip of Kentucky are much more tolerable than in any other part of the state. Snows and bitter cold do not linger.

    Many Amish and Mennonite families have relocated to these counties due to cheap farmland and availability of good crop land.

    Tennessee is only a few miles away and the openness of Kentuckians in welcoming newcomers is obvious. Come to Fulton Kentucky and stay st the Meadows Hotel, rebuilt in its century old building. Check with NCB Realtors for the kind of place you want. You will find that life here in far Western Kentucky’ Fulton, Hickman and Carlisle counties is the kind of place you have in mind for a retreat/ redoubt. (I am not an employee nor related to anyone in either of these firms…)

    Finally, Kentucky is an Open Carry State and it is not uncommon to see pistols on a hip while at Fulton’s Walmart. Tennessee is not an open carry state but is firearms friendly. Retirement income is generally not taxed in Kenticky but seek tax advice from a tax professional who will give you the dollars and cents of why many retirees from high tax states in Yankeeland are moving to the tip of Kentucky..

    Y’all come on down. We will welcome you!

  6. Larry cantrell says:

    Is the area around Johnson Co. Ky. a good place?[Towns like Painstville and areas like Flat Gap are located there]. That would be considered eastern Kentucky. Am seriously considering moving there. Please reply!!!!

  7. INPrepper says:

    Not too for from Bowling Green is the Corvette Museum. Neat place. Even better is Mammoth Caves a little further away. The area is some beautiful country with nice rolling hills and sink holes. I would think some of those caves would make nice cool root cellars with a steady year round temp.

  8. Firesider says:

    I am the present day “owner” of an inholding (DB Forest on my East and West boundaries) in Jackson County, by virtue of it being passed down thru my family for well over 100 years. I have become active in the Kentucky Woodland Owners Association, which is an incredibly valuable resource, and my property is now a listed Kentucky Tree Farm (though harvest is the least of my considerations as a tree farmer). I see local properties being gobbled up by out-of-state folks seeking reinvest profits from their coastal investments and even “challenging” properties have seen a dramatic price increase in the last few years.

    That being said, the cities of Richmond, Berea, Winchester and Lexington are all relatively close and offer a tremendous mix of resources, from the arts to universities to medical and Appalachian oriented skills. You’ll find no finer folks then those associated with these fine towns, and one visit to the “Mountain Mushroom Festival” in Irvine in the spring will provide you with the resources and connections to make an educated decision as to whether this region is for you.

    One must be aware that the “Blue Grass Depot” is a huge government facility just outside of Richmond and is a storage/disposal unit for aging military weapons. The Lake Cumberland region, just to our West and South, offers some great properties and is downwind from the Depot…

  9. KBinKY says:

    I’ve lived in Northeast Kentucky for 40 years. Property taxes in most counties are fairly low, land prices are generally good, and retirement income for the most part is not taxed by the state. Preppier/homesteader places in this part of the state can be very reasonably priced and off the beaten path. Like parts of the western portion of the states we have a growing Mennonite and Amish population.

    Water is plentiful, there are a lot of natural springs, waterways, etc. The growing season is typicall late April, early May through October, and is conducive to growing a wide variety of produce. Produce can be sold or purchased at local farmers’ markets.

    There are lots of registered Dems, but voters tend to be conservative and reject progressive ideas. Kentucky is very Second Amendment friendly, open carry is legal and conceal carry permits are easily obtained in the “shall issue” state.