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The safe Northwest

When it comes to disasters, they tend to be so all-consuming – when they do happen, or might – that we miss the larger risk picture. For example, this question: How risky a place is the Northwest, from storms, floods, quakes, twisters and so on?

Pretty safe, it turns out.

The New York Times last weekend posted a map showing which parts of the country are overall at higher or lower risk of disasters, and the Northwest is much the lowest. The safest metro area in the country, it turns out, is Corvallis. And of the eight safest metro areas in the country, seven are in either Washington or Oregon (Corvallis, Mt. Vernon, Bellingham, Wenatchee, Spokane, Salem and Seattle). The lone holdout was Grand Junction, Colorado.

The list of high-risk places was led by Dallas, Texas. The eight riskiest were all in Texas, Louisiana, Arkansas and Alabama.

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  1. mark said:

    I would wager they didn’t include volcanic eruptions in their spreadsheet.

    May 3, 2011

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