These Are The 11 Biggest Risks of Living In Virginia

When it comes to natural disasters, sure, we have them here in Virginia. We’ve been knocked around by hurricanes and hit by tornadoes – we’ve even had a west coast-worthy earthquake. Fortunately, these things are fewer and farther between than a lot of other places. And overall, we have it pretty good.

But, you know the saying, nothing worth having is without some risk. With that being said, there are still a few things that you’ll have to look out for living in Virginia. At the end of the day, I think you’ll agree — living in Virginia is absolutely worth any risk involved!

These things are definitely worth watching out for, but I don’t mind using a little caution when Virginia has so many incredible things to offer. What’s the riskiest thing about living in Virginia for you? Let us know in the comments below — we’d love to hear your thoughts!

And now that we’ve focused on some of the potential negatives of living in Virginia, be sure to check out our list of reasons why Virginia is the best state.

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What are the best parts about living in Virginia?

Now that we’ve highlighted some of the biggest risks, it’s time to focus on the countless wonderful aspects of living in Virginia. Where to even begin!? To start, we’re grateful that Virginia experiences all four seasons. The variety of weather (as unpredictable as it may seem at times) allows us to appreciate each individual month. Moreover, Virginia has some of the most beautiful outdoor attractions on the East Coast, most of which can be enjoyed any time of the year. One of our most famous outdoor attractions is Shenandoah National Park, a linear park that follows the Appalachian Mountain Range along a scenic route known as Skyline Drive. Whether you’re an avid hiker or prefer a meandering drive, you’ll find there’s a lot to love about this park. Lastly, it’s hard to imagine Virginia without its charming small-town communities. In addition to having incredible cities, the Old Dominion is also famous for its small-town charm.

What are some more dangerous things in Virginia?

Compared to other states in the U.S., Virginia is a relatively safe place to live. That being said, there are a few dangerous aspects to living here, most of which involve wildlife and natural disasters. Hurricanes, tornadoes, and even flooding can wreak havoc, but fortunately, with ample preparation and warning, most harm can be avoided. When it comes to wildlife, you’ll also find that even the most intimidating creatures prefer to mind their own business. That being said, you should be particularly cautious when it comes to snakes, as they are known for their ability to hide. While snakes won’t go out of their way to harm you, they can attack when they feel threatened or provoked. Some of Virginia’s most dangerous snakes include the Eastern Cottonmouth, Copperhead, and the Timber Rattlesnake. Other creatures that require caution include snapping turtles, bull sharks, and black widow spiders. Virginia is also home to a fairly large population of black bears; however, these creatures are often misunderstood and are rarely — if ever — dangerous to humans.