43 % of U.S. Homes in Counties With High Natural Disaster Risk

RealtyTrac released its 2015 U.S. Natural Disaster Housing Risk Report, which found that 35.8 million U.S. single family homes and condos with a combined estimated market value of $6.6 trillion are in counties with high or very high natural hazard risk. Those 35.8 million homes represent 43% of the 83.4 million single family homes and condos in all counties analyzed for the report. States with the most homes in High risk or Very High risk counties for overall natural disaster risk are California (8.4 million), Florida (6.7 million), New York (2.4 million), New Jersey (2.3 million) and North Carolina (2.3 million). In this second annual U.S. Natural Disaster Housing Risk Report, RealtyTrac analyzed five different natural disasters posing a risk to housing: earthquake risk, hurricane risk, tornado risk, flood risk and wildfire risk. Each county analyzed was assigned a combined natural disaster risk score from 0 to 300, with 300 representing the most risk (190 was the highest score among all the counties).