Friday, September 12, 2014

Not a shocker: Florida has the highest risk of property damage and loss from natural hazards

Posted By on Fri, Sep 12, 2014 at 3:34 PM

click to enlarge 100 years of destruction: 43 devastating images of hurricane damage in Florida
  • 100 years of destruction: 43 devastating images of hurricane damage in Florida

100 years of destruction: 43 devastating images of hurricane damage in Florida

File this fun fact under "O" for obvious: According to CoreLogic, a data and analytics company, Florida is at the highest risk in America for property damage and loss due to natural hazards.

To determine this ranking, the company used their newly developed Hazard Risk Score, which takes into account the risk for the following natural disasters: flood, wildfire, tornado, storm surge, earthquake, straight-line wind, hurricane wind, hail and sinkhole. Aside from earthquakes, it reads like a checklist of a year in Florida, huh?

Other states rounding out the top five in the nation at risk of natural hazard-related property loss include Rhode Island (really?!), Louisiana, California and Massachusetts. It should be noted that Hawaii and Alaska were not included in the study, as there was limited data available.

If you're looking for a safe state, head to Michigan, where you'll be the least likely to suffer property loss related to natural hazards.

Check out the map below, depicting the Hazard Risk Score across the country. Florida is red hot.

click to enlarge Image via CoreLogic
  • Image via CoreLogic

Image via CoreLogic

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