You’ll never guess all of the eight states that rank above number nine South Carolina in CoreLogic’s latest reckoning of a state’s risk from natural hazards.
Florida, of course, is number one because its extensive coastline sticks out into the middle of hurricane alley like a challenge to the god of big blows.
It would be no surprise either that Louisiana is number three as ongoing dredging of a channel to get ocean-going vessels efficiently in and out of the Mississippi River has all but destroyed the extensive marsh and wetlands that protected the rest of the state.
As a result, levees collapse in New Orleans, vast areas of homes are innundated and people die.
But Massachusetts? Connecticut? California? All outrisk South Carolina.
CoreLogic, which tracks real estate trends and issues nationwide, used a number of parameters in creating the list. A quick look, though, shows that S.C has a finger in each one.
They are flood, wildfire, tornado, storm surge, earthquake, straight-line winds, hail and sinkhole.
OK, maybe sinkholes are a stretch, particularly compared to the impressive holes that pop up on Florida’s hurricane-luring peninsula.
But still, there’s something to be said in this list to being behind Massachusetts, Connecticut, California, Kansas, Oklahoma, Louisiana and Florida.