QUALITIES OF A GOOD RETREAT
Again, what makes a good retreat is highly personal, but there are some common qualities, and it’s those qualities that we will share with you in this guide. These are listed in no particular order of importance – all are just about equally important and you should consider them all carefully.
The population density of your retreat is an important number for you to consider. We aren’t much interested in how you calculate this number – it is often expressed as people per square mile and similar measurements. You can also look at the population of the county you are considering or even population by zip code. Let’s get one thing straight first – there are no formulas for what represents a good population density for a survival retreat, but we will say this – the fewer people, the better. There are two main reasons for this:
- A higher population density means more people competing for the same resources. Right now, there isn’t much competition at the local grocery store. Everyone gets what they want. Disaster situations interrupt the supply chain such that people will be forced to take what they need from the land, and the land in and of itself can only support so many people.
- More people means more crime, generally speaking. A small percentage of the population is engaged in criminal activity – that can be said for people anywhere in the world. It stands to reason that if the percentage of criminals in our country is say, 3%, then in a city of 1 million, there would be approximately 30,000 criminals. Imagine 30,000 people in one place – a town composed of nothing but murderers, thieves, rapists, arsonists and other undesirables. Then, take that same 3% and apply it to a sparsely populated county of 5,000 people. In theory, there would only be 150 criminals in the whole county, but in practice, there would be far fewer than that. This is because most criminals are predatory, and they need a fully functioning society packed with soft targets in order to operate. Basically, the fewer people there are, the less crime there is!