1) Is âLive Simple and Decrease Dependenceâ the overall objective of homesteading? 2) Is homesteading a Lifestyle and an Attitude rather than an occupation? 3) What distinguishes a homesteader from a non-homesteader? 4) Does living in a rural area constitute homesteading? Please allow me to rephrase this to read 4) "Does just living in a rural area make a person a homesteader?" Sorry about being unclear originally.