“How’s your wife. Compared to what.” Henny Youngman
For once, being in the middle of the pack may be a good thing. Sperling’s Best Places, who publishes city rankings on different criteria, has put out a map of the riskiest places to live and the least risky places to live. They have merged hazard maps from NOAA, The University of Miami and the U. S. Geological Survey dealing with the risks of tornadoes, hurricanes and earthquakes. The following are the findings for the least risky and the most risky places to live:
So, North Carolina did not make the “Elite Eight” in either ranking. But, North Carolina did make the second tier of highest risk states along with Kansas, Missouri, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, South Carolina, Tennessee and a few states on the northeastern seaboard. The inclusion of North Carolina in this grouping was based almost entirely on the hurricane exposure in coastal North Carolina. Ironically, a state with lower risk is California. Even with the earthquake exposure in Southern California, the ranking seems to be based on the lower frequency of earthquakes versus hurricanes and tornados. Still, it is a surprising conclusion.
The interesting hazard map on which these rankings are based is available here.
While we are often reminded of the perils associated with North Carolina, it could be a lot worse. All in all North Carolina is blessed with a moderate climate with, thankfully, only occasional visits from a cyclonic intruder.