Here Are The 9 Safest Places In The U.S. From Natural Disasters

Natural disasters have dominated the news lately, with tragic events effecting places near and far. If you’re looking to avoid settling down somewhere with a high risk of experiencing nature’s fury, new info could help.

Sperling’s Best Places has drawn up this fascinating map of metro areas where natural disasters are most and least likely to hit. They assessed 379 American metro areas (cities and their surrounding suburbs) to figure out the risk for devastating natural events in each spot.

 

The places where natural disasters such as hurricanes, earthquakes, floods, forest fires and tornadoes are least likely to occur are:

1. Corvallis, OR

2. Mount Vernon-Anacortes, WA

3. Bellingham, WA

4. Wenatchee, WA

5. Grand Junction, CO

6. Spokane, WA

7. Salem, OR

8. Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA

9. Yakima, WA

10. Olympia, WA

 

In general, New York and Ohio are two of the least likely places in the country for a hurricane, tornado, flood, forest fire or earthquake to hit. On the flip side, California is best avoided if you don’t want to encounter a forest blaze and Oklahoma City is ripe territory for tornadoes. Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX and Jonesboro, AR were ranked as the two most dangerous spots in the nation in terms of the likliness of a natural disaster striking.