Oregon metro leads the nation's safest places to live

by Steve Randall30 Oct 2017
As fears of more extreme weather events increase, homebuyers should head to the Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro metro in Washington/Utah.

That’s the finding of an analysis by Sperling’s Best Places which ranks a top 10 of the largest metros in the US for avoiding natural disasters. It’s based on eight risk factors including tornados, hurricanes, flooding and earthquakes.

Drought, hail, wind and wildfires were considered lower risks based on 30 years of hazardous weather trends.

"We created this list to help the many people who are worried or fed up with the danger and recovery after natural disaster," says Bert Sperling, Founder of BestPlaces.net. "Even just the threat of an event can be very disruptive, which can happen several times annually."

The riskiest places for natural disasters are led by Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL.

Of the 50 largest metros in the US, the top 10 safest places to avoid natural disasters include:
1 Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA  
2 Salt Lake City, UT  
3 Sacramento--Roseville--Arden-Arcade, CA  
4 San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA  
5 Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA  
6 San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA  
7 Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI  
8 Richmond, VA  
9 Providence-Warwick, RI-MA  
10 Columbus, OH  

And the top 10 riskiest places for natural disasters are:
1 Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL  
2 Austin-Round Rock, TX  
3 Oklahoma City, OK  
4 Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX  
5 Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX  
6 Birmingham-Hoover, AL  
7 Memphis, TN-MS-AR  
8 Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL  
9 Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ  
10 New Orleans-Metairie, LA  

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