Which US Cities Will Be Climate Havens?

April 22, 2022

As many as 63 million people may have to consider moving.
Those with homes may wish to consider whether their real estate value has peaked, or will soon, due to climate impacts. Others may judge that they have some time to examine options.
Locations in the midwest are looking good, but they are not without their own risks, and the way that legacy communities like Cincinnati, Cleveland, Duluth, Minneapolis and Detroit manage their growth will be key.
There are, as well, possible adaptations that some at-risk communities can make, like raising existing homes – but the ultimate solution is to stop emitting heat trapping gases.


3 Responses to “Which US Cities Will Be Climate Havens?”

  1. Peter Mizla Says:

    This is a lot of BS

    Charleston SC? The city is now seeing sunny day flooding- housing prices are through the roof. Massive income and wealth inequality.

    South Carolina is one of the worst states to live with climate change- rating badly with floods, sea level rise and stifling heat. SC also is one of the least prepared states for climate change.

    I contacted the writer of this silly data- he agreed with me!

    A great site for seeing the threat of climate change in each state.
    Policy Change- by Pat Howard


    South Carolina rates 37/100 for climate change index (lower number is worst)

    SC extreme heat 18/100
    Wild fires 33/100
    Flooding 39/100
    Climate Change preparedness 42/100 grade of C-

    Also Orlando Florida? Heat Florida is the worst state for climate change
    The five worst states for climate change

    1. Florida

    No state in the U.S. has a more dire climate change outlook than Florida, a state that ranks as a top-five worst state for both extreme heat and flooding. Even in a low emissions scenario, Florida is still expected to see a whopping 86 days with the heat index above 100 degrees by 2050, a 61-day increase over the historical average. It doesn’t help that the Sunshine State has the 6th most heat-vulnerable population. In addition to heat, sea level rise and other factors are expected to increase the number of properties with flood risk by 17.5% in the next 30 years, not to mention Florida already has the second highest number of residents living in inland and coastal floodplains. The lone bright point we observed in our assessment of Florida is the B+ grade the state received for future wildfire planning.
    2. Mississippi

    Mississippi comes in as the second-worst state for climate change in large part due to its residents being the most vulnerable to extreme heat of any state. It’s also projected to have 68 days with a heat index north of 100 degrees by 2050 in a low emissions future. As a Gulf Coast state, Mississippi is also vulnerable to sea level rise and coastal flooding, coming in as the 9th most at-risk state for that category. Perhaps most alarming are the lack of mitigation efforts at the state level. Climate Central scored Mississippi an F for overall climate change preparedness, noting that while the state has done a decent job at addressing current risks, it’s done virtually nothing to address future vulnerabilities.
    3. Louisiana

    Louisiana scored the third-worst of any state for much of the same reasons that Florida and Mississippi scored so low: extreme heat risk to its population and a higher flood risk than anywhere else in the country. Flood Factor projects that Louisiana will see a 62.8% increase in the number of properties with flood risk in the next 30 years. That’s nearly three times higher than Delaware, the state with the second-highest projected increase. Additionally, over 20% of Louisiana’s population is already in a 100-year coastal floodplain, or an area with a 1% or greater chance of being flooded in any given year.
    4. Texas

    Coming in as the fourth-worst state for climate change is Texas, a state that is large and ecologically diverse but still prone to climate change-related risk regardless of where you are in the Lone Star State. Texas is particularly impacted by drought and water stress in the inland regions, and devastating flooding and hurricane storm surge in the coastal areas of the state. Texas hasn’t been doing its residents any favors either, scoring a failing grade from Climate Central for its lack of climate change preparedness.
    5. Arkansas

    Arkansas is the fifth-worst state for climate change in our index, as rising temperatures in the state are expected to lead to considerable heat stress and higher wildfire risk. Like two other states in our top five, Arkansas has done almost nothing to protect its residents from the impacts of climate change, scoring an F grade with Climate Central.

    • rhymeswithgoalie Says:

      ?? Where did you get Charleston, South Carolina?

      Here are the cities listed in the video at this point:

      Asheville, Knoxville, Toledo, Buffalo, Rochester, Burlington, Duluth
      then Detroit, Madison, Pittsburgh, Milwaukee, Minneapolis
      then Cincinnati, Ann Arbor, Orlando(!)

      (Orlando seems weird, but it’s possible that despite being away from sea breezes in the middle of the peninsula, its position between the GoM and the Atlantic might make extreme temps less likely…even if the wet-bulb is generally higher?)

  2. rhymeswithgoalie Says:

    I think they wrongly conflate reduced local emissions with whether a place is suitable for asylum from climate change.

    Knoxville’s individual GHG emissions, for example, can’t really affect total global emissions enough to make a difference for the citizens of Knoxville. You put the solar farms where the sun is and the hydro-power/storage where the water is and the wind turbines where the wind blows.

    (Reducing the number of local ICE vehicles or coal plants makes more of a difference in human lung health, of course, but that’s different from the GHG problem.)

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