I would say go to a small town in the midwest or somewhere, get a normal job, grow a shit load of dank and make some money. Not too many cops in a small town, noones gonna suspect your growing bud in some small ass town and the cost of living is cheap as fuck. Move out once you make more $$.
HaHaHa LOL .... the OP is from Peoria Illinois .... He already lives in a small midwest town !!!
To answer the OP .... without a doubt the best,easiest, and safest state to grow is California, but you are correct that its expensive. For what its worth NorCal tends to be less expensive than SoCal. Emerald Triangle area (Humboldt, Trinity, and Mendocino counties) is still more expensive than Illinois will be, but its way cheaper than L.A or the Bay area.
Edited by Duckhead, 23 December 2008 - 07:41 AM.