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States with Least Natural Disasters

States with Least Natural Disasters
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Living Safely Among Nature's Forces

Living in an era of climate change and environmental uncertainties, natural disasters pose a grave threat to human life and property. This risk is not evenly distributed across the globe or even within a particular country. The United States, with its vast expanse and geographical diversity, is a prime example where the frequency and types of natural disasters can vary significantly from one state to another. Assessing the number of Total Federally Declared Disasters since 1953 gives us an insightful indication of the states that are relatively safer from significant natural calamities. 

Key findings from the data set include:

  • Delaware, with a total of 21 federally declared disasters since 1953, holds the rank for the state with the least natural disasters. This is closely followed by Rhode Island with 22 declared disasters within the same period. 
  • Interestingly, despite being prone to hurricanes, South Carolina has witnessed a relatively lower number of disasters over the years, holding the third rank with just 30 federally declared disasters since 1953. 
  • The data indicates a sharp increase in the number of natural disasters as we move from eastern states like Delaware and Rhode Island to states like California and Texas. These two states hold the last positions with a significantly high number of federally declared disasters, 284 and 255, respectively. It is notable that these states have historically been susceptible to wildfires and hurricanes. 
  • In the Midwest, Michigan and Wisconsin, known more for their harsh winters than other natural disasters, have low disaster numbers, with just 37 and 47 declared disasters, respectively.

10 States with the Least Natural Disasters

Based on the data, Delaware claims the top spot as the state with the least natural disasters, having experienced only 21 federally declared disasters since 1953. Its geographical placement largely shelters it from the extreme events that characterize regions on either coast. 

Rhode Island, the smallest state in the U.S, comes closely second with 22 federally declared disasters since 1953. Given its compact size and lack of geographical extremes, it is less vulnerable to large-scale disasters. 

Somewhat surprisingly, South Carolina ranks third with only 30 federally declared disasters since 1953, despite its exposure to the Atlantic coastline and vulnerability to hurricanes. The state's active mitigation strategies and structures may be key to this lower number.

Next, Connecticut and Maryland share the fourth and the fifth spots with 31 and 32 federally declared disasters, respectively. These states' geographic location in the Northeast contributes to their lower susceptibility to severe natural disasters.

Interestingly, states outside the coastal regions also experience a lower frequency of natural disasters, with Wyoming and Utah respectively experiencing only 32 and 34 federally declared disasters since 1953. These states' inland locations and relatively stable weather patterns may contribute to their lower disaster frequency.

Midwestern state Michigan follows next with 37 disasters. Idaho and Vermont round off our list with 44 and 45 federally declared disasters respectively. Despite their varied geographies, these states share a relative insulation from severe hurricanes, tornadoes, and earthquakes.

10 States with the Least Natural Disasters:

  1. Delaware - 21
  2. Rhode Island - 22
  3. South Carolina - 30
  4. Connecticut - 31
  5. Maryland - 32
  6. Wyoming - 32
  7. Utah - 34
  8. Michigan - 37
  9. Idaho - 44
  10. Vermont - 45

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