They play loud music, they have screaming matches on their patio at odd hours of the night and they never pick up after their dog. Neighbors! Who needs ‘em, right? If the thought of having one more “could you please turn it down?” conversation makes you want to set your neighbor’s garden gnome collection on fire, then this may be the perfect read for you.
The following is a round up of towns, islands and countries where the land is plentiful, open space is abundant and sheep oftentimes outnumber humans.
The locations listed below were selected because they met one of three requirements:
1. Sparse population—Your neighbor can have all the 3am Mariah Carey sing-alongs he wants. You won’t care because you’ll be seven miles away.
2. Remote—Pizzas deliveries don't exist. And, thankfully, neither do noisy fraternity house parties.
3. The land is cheap and most importantly, safe—Not hassling with neighbors is pointless if you end up having to worry about pirates or worse.
So pack your bags! And prepare to move to one of these 20 locations, where you’ll never need to purchase another “Keep off my lawn” sign again.
20 Tristan da Cunha, British Overseas Territory - the most remote inhabited archipelago on Earth
On the island of Tristan da Cunha, there's no need to worry about your weird Uncle Bob moving in next door, because even if he wanted to be one of only 258 people on this volcanic island, he’ll likely have a tough time getting there.
This South Atlantic island is the most remote inhabited archipelago on Earth. The closest country—South Africa—is 1,732 miles away.
The only way to reach the island is via boat, which departs from Cape Town just nine times a year.
19 Easter Island, Chile - way more visitors than residents
Move to Easter Island and you’ll share this tropical enclave with approximately 900 statues (and 3,300 residents). No one knows where the 13-foot stone statues originated or how they came to call Easter Island home, but their mysterious origins only serve to add to their appeal.
Though this UNESCO World Heritage receives approximately 50,000 visitors per year, it is also located 2,300 miles off the coast of Chile, making it one of the most remote islands on the planet.
18 Barrow, Alaska, USA - Bye to neighbors, bye to sunlight
You won’t have to get along with your neighbors to live in Barrow, Alaska, but you may have to be willing to share the road with a few wild Alaskan animals. In Barrow, the caribou outnumber the people—and by the thousands.
Barrow is also extremely isolated. It’s only accessible by plane and Alaska’s largest city, Anchorage, is a four and a half plane ride away.
If you move there, be prepared to spend a lot of time indoors. In winter, Barrow experiences 65 consecutive days of darkness.
17 Kerguelen Islands, French Southern and Antarctic Lands
If the idea of living in France sounds appealing but you're worried about the crowds, then you may want to consider relocating to the Kerguelen Islands, where most of the island’s residents are French researchers. The Kerguelen Islands are located in the Indian Ocean, about 2,000 miles from the southernmost part of Africa. But tropical paradise this land mass is not—The island is covered in glaciers. It also rains, sleets or snows about 300 days a year.
On a positive note, however, if the island ever gets too crowded, you can always relocate to one of the neighboring islets—there are 300 of them.
16 Villa Las Estrellas, Antarctica - The penguins are your neighbors now
Spanish for “Star Town,” Villa Las Estrellas promises plenty of celestial-gazing opportunities for astronomy lovers. The Chilean settlement is one of only two residential towns on the entire continent of Antarctica and is a two-day boat trip from Argentina.
Though you may have to chase a few penguins out of your front yard from time to time, you won’t have to hassle with many neighbors—the town’s population hovers around 200. The town may be small but it has many modern day conveniences, including a gym, church, public school and high-speed WIFI.
15 Palmerston, Cook Islands - All the islanders are related
Being a newcomer on this island might prove tough, as all of the inhabitants on this tropical islet not only know each other, but are also related. All of the islanders are descendants of a single Englishman who migrated to the island in 1863, fathering 17 children with different four wives.
Reconnecting with loved ones from back home may also prove difficult, as the island only has two telephones and the internet is only available for four hours each day.
But if it’s a remote location that you’re looking for, Palmerston has that in spades. Palmerston is a two-day sailing trip from the capital of the Cook Islands, Rarotonga. It's even farther from Tahiti, which requires eight days out at sea.
14 Iqaluit, Nunavut, Canada - Explore the Road to Nowhere
Iqaluit is a little easier to reach but not by much. Though there are daily flights to Iqauit from Ottawa, the secluded Northern Canadian city (population: 7,740) is only accessible by boat or plane—so driving there with the U-Haul van is out of the question.
If you can’t find a house with enough open space around it, however, you can always walk, bike or ski on the “Road to Nowhere” until you find a suitably desolate plot of land. The three-kilometer Road to Nowhere is a popular tourist attraction that leads travelers out of town and into a treeless, rocky, tundra. The vast emptiness and 'edge of the world' feeling you get standing in the "middle of nowhere" will make your hermit heart rejoice.
13 Buford, Wyoming, USA - this is my town... mine!
One way to ensure you move to a place where you won’t have any problems with your neighbors is to move to a place where you won’t have any neighbors—period.
Buford, Wyoming is the smallest town in the US and is tied for the smallest town in the world. Up until 2013, the town’s only resident was 60 year-old Don Sammons, who’d purchased the town in the 1980s and had been the town’s only resident since his son had moved away a few years prior. In an interesting turn of events, however, Sammons sold the town on an auction site to a 38-year-old Vietnamese entrepreneur who plans to market the town as a coffee destination. The purchase price? Just $900,000.
The town’s new owner does not reside in Buford, instead opting to leave the town under the management of a single caretaker. So for now anyway, the town’s iconic “population:1” sign remains accurate.
12 Cooladdi, Queensland, Australia - Australia’s smallest populated town
Cooladdi only has three residents and they’re all related (are you sensing a theme?). While the town used to have 300 residents and a railway station, shop, school, police station and more, after the railway line disappeared, the town’s population began to vanish with it.
Today, the only people left in Australia’s smallest town are the Muller Family, who live in the town’s General Store. Move to this dusty Outback pit-stop (located there just over 500 miles West of Brisbane) and the family might invite you to join them in one of their favorite pastimes: kangaroo hunting.
11 Tilt Cove, Canada - Tiny town, tiny billboards
This former mining town has the distinction of being the tiniest town in Canada. Though the sleepy settlement welcomes up to 1,000 tourists each summer, it’s home to just six permanent residents.
The village also has the distinction of being the focus of a clever marketing stunt by Marvel Studios. The production team behind the film Ant Man decided to place a tiny, Ant-man-sized billboard in Tilt Cove as a promotional gimmick. Though the studio also placed 2,500 other miniature Ant-man billboards in towns across the country, they saved the tiniest billboard for the country's tiniest town.
10 Betoota, Queensland, Australia - Neighbors are impossible when there's no people at all
If Buford, Wyoming, with its one resident, proves too crowded for you, you can always move to Betoota—Australia’s smallest ghost town. The population? Zero humans. A consensus has yet to be reached on the number of ghosts.
The town's only recent resident lived in Betoota for over 50 years until his passing in 2004. Though no one lives in the town currently, the hotel he owned is still in operation and the town's annual festival attracts hundreds of visitors.
If you move there, however, you may want to consider investing in building a few amenities, because other than the hotel, the only facilities in Betoota are a racetrack, airstrip and cricket field.
9 La Estralla, Spain - Only 2 neighbors, and they're lovely
You’ll likely find it hard not to get along with your neighbors in La Estralla, Spain, because there are only two of them, and they’re an adorable old married couple.
Juan and Sinforosa have lived in the small rural village for over 40 years and are currently the town’s only residents. The town’s population moved elsewhere in the 1880s and never returned, but it left behind a church, two schools and a smattering of other buildings.
The couple lives a simple life—They make a living through beekeeping and have no internet or TV. If you move there, you might be able to secure a job as an animal caretaker, as the couple has 25 cats, three dogs, four hens and until recently, 22 horses.
8 Gross, Nebraska, USA - The town mayor is 5 years old
Don’t let the name fool you—This town in Nebraska is far from disgusting. But with a population of just two people—Mary and Mike Finnegan—it certainly is small.
The town lost more than half of its population when the Finnegan’s three children moved out. One of their kids once served as the town’s mayor—at the ripe old age of five.
Move there and you may find yourself facing limited housing choices. The town’s only remaining buildings are an old jail and a popular roadside restaurant—The Nebraska Inn, which the Finnegan’s continue to own and manage.
Though if the couple's humorous signs are any indication—one advertisement for their restaurant reads “Lifestyles of the Poor and Unknown”—then you may be in luck. In Gross, your new neighbors might just be anything but.
7 Santa Maddalena, Italy
Several of the towns on this list are world-famous for their small size, and the town of Santa Maddalena in Italy is no exception. The mountainous village in the Dolomites has a population of just 334. What sets this town apart, however, is its picturesque beauty. With its steepled mountains, rolling green fields and storybook church, the village looks like it's spilled from the pages of a fairytale.
So impressive is this hidden gem that the website Thrillist lists Santa Maddalena as one of “the most breathtakingly beautiful small towns in the world.”
6 The Loneliest Road in America, Nevada - The name says it all
If it’s some peace and quiet that you’re looking for, a drive down the country’s most desolate road might help. The rural towns situated along the Loneliest Road in America were made famous by a 1986 mention in Time Magazine that described Highway 50 as “isolated, desolate and even apocalyptic.” The nickname stuck and the 287-mile stretch of highway that runs between the Nevada towns of Fernley and Ely has been a popular tourist attraction ever since.
5 Greenland - 'Officially' the population is zero
If your idea of a good neighbor is no neighbor, then Greenland is the place to be.
Although 56,000 people call this island nation home, the official population count is “zero.” This is because when rounded to the nearest decimal point, Greenland’s population consists of 0.0 people per square kilometer.
Greenland is the world’s largest island with the world’s smallest population.
One of the prettiest and most isolated towns in Greenland is Ittoqqortoormiit. The village has just 450 residents and you can only reach it via helicopter.
4 Vermont, USA - The population is shrinking and the government wants you
If you’re looking for a reason to relocate to Vermont, you can look to the fiery orange fall leaves, the spectacular snow-capped mountains and miles of rustic and quaint farm lands (read: not a single neighbor in sight!). But if that’s not enough, the Vermont government is maple-syrup sweetening the deal by offering every would-be resident $10,000 to move to the Green Mountain State.
With just 623,657 residents, Vermont’s population is undeniably small—and it’s dwindling every year. Vermont’s leaders recently took steps to help counteract Vermont’s “brain drain” and aging population by proposing a unique solution: monetary relocation incentives. But there’s a small catch. In order qualify to receive the $10,000, you must be a remote worker employed by an out-of-state company.
3 Falkland Islands - Find an iceberg and claim it as your own
Although tourism photos would have you believe the Falkland Islands is home to nothing but seals and penguins, this British Overseas Territory has a population of 3,000 human Falkland Island residents as well.
The population density is still low, however, with only 0.3 people per square kilometer, which means you’ll have your pick of icebergs to conquer and sheep to befriend.
In case you grow bored Happy Feet-ing it up with your new feathered neighbors, Stanley, the capital of Falkland Islands, is a quirky port town with several options for entertainment, including restaurants, a pub, a museum and a cathedral.
2 Mongolia - less than 2 people per square km
Almost half of Mongolia’s three million residents live in and around the country’s capital, Ulaanbaatar. The rest live in yurts, as part of small nomadic communities. But if city or yurt life isn’t your cup of (Mongolian milk) tea, Mongolia is famous for its wide expanse of high desert landscape.
The country’s 1.5 million square kilometers of open space and average of just 1.9 people per square kilometer means that you likely won’t need to yell at your neighbor for letting their Siberian musk deer run loose through your yard.
1 Pitcairn Island, British Overseas Territory - "The British paradise no one wants to live on"
With lush green hillsides and surrounded by royal blue ocean, Pitcairn Island is undeniably gorgeous. It’s also been dubbed the “British paradise no one wants to live on” by The Daily Mail. At 3,300 miles of the coast of New Zealand, the island is certainly remote.
The only way to reach it is to take a 32-hour yacht ride.
But the reason the island has struggled to attract residents in recent years has less to do with location and more to do with a scandal that swept the island in 2004 where six men were convicted; a staggering occurrence considering the population of the island hovers around just 50.
The majority of the residents are descendants from nine mutineer sailors who landed on the island in 1790. The island has a general store, school, medical facility and library. Land is free for anyone wishing to immigrate there.
References: thisisinsider.com, tentree, worldatlas, telegraph.co.uk, Wikipedia.