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CLEVELAND, Ohio -- CBS News is touting Cleveland as the second-safest city in the country when it comes to natural disasters, according to 2013 data

So move to Cleveland, where we rank only behind Syracuse, New York, where we have few wildfires, tornadoes, earthquakes, floods and hurricanes!

CBS News published the data this week, in the midst of news about hurricanes in the southeast United States and wildfires in the northwest. The data was compiled by real-estate company Trulia, based on information from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, U.S. Forest Service and FEMA's National Flood Insurance Program. 

Two other cities from Ohio made the top ten: Dayton and Akron. 

The article from CBS News states that Cleveland has never seen any natural disasters, although it's had its share of wind and rain. There was a major flood in 1913, the biggest weather event in Ohio history, when a series of heavy storms deluged all Ohio's cities. 

The list doesn't account for blizzards. 

Read more: The biggest disaster you never heard of: 100 years ago, Ohio's cities all flooded at once

The top 10 were:

10. Warren-Troy-Farmington Hills, Michigan

9. Denver, Colorado

8. Chicago, Illinois

7. Allentown, Pennsylvania

6. Dayton, Ohio

5. Bethesda-Rockville-Frederick, Maryland 

4. Buffalo, New York

3. Akron, Ohio

2. Cleveland, Ohio

1. Syracuse, New York 

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Somewhere in the archives of this forum is a Barber Shop thread that I put on here a number of years ago wherein there was this rating done that compared San Diego to Cleveland in terms of livability.    I believe they had about a dozen factors on which they rated and compared them.  Things like cost of living, congestion, unemployment, crime rate,  healthcare, arts, weather, taxes, schools, etc.  Can't remember all 12.    Cleveland had a better rating than San Diego in 11 out of the 12 categories.  The only factor that San Diego had over Cleveland was better winter weather.

Do you want to guess which city they gave the overall rating to?  Right, San Diego....JUST for its milder winter weather.  Absurd, no?   But this category:  Freedom from Natural disasters, that was not one of the factors.

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Yeah, but a blizzard melts away hurricanes and earthquakes don't,  decisions, decisions I personally hate things like 90+, 100+ heat and my house disappearing. :lol:

........  The 10 lower-risk metros for natural disasters have other crosses to bear. What upstate New York and northern Ohio lack in tornadoes and wildfires, they make up for in snow. While winter weather may be more predictable than earthquakes or hurricanes, harsh winters bring their own risks: blizzards, frostbite, and falling on the ice. Syracuse, Buffalo, Cleveland, Akron, and Denver are all among the snowiest large metros in the country.

Furthermore, many of the metros with lower risk for natural disasters have more than their fair share of human-made challenges. Of these 10 metros, only Denver, Bethesda-Rockville-Frederick, and Allentown have had strong economic growth over the past twenty years. The rest have had moderate growth at best: job growth has been nearly stagnant in Cleveland, Buffalo, and Syracuse, while Dayton has fewer jobs today than twenty years ago (a distinction shared only with Detroit and New Orleans, among the 100 largest metros).

When choosing a place to live, there are always tradeoffs. Wildfires or ice storms? Earthquakes or slow home price appreciation? Hurricanes or a sluggish job market? To figure out what’s best for you, start with our natural hazard maps and the other layered heat maps on Trulia, and we’ll help you the rest of the way.......

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