IRVINE, California (WTVN) -- Researchers at RealtyTrac have come up with a county-by-county ranking when it comes to risk of natural disasters. They looked at a risk of hurricanes, tornadoes, and earthquakes. Counties were ranked in five categories from very high risk to very low risk.
"Ohio is more in the middle of the road when it comes to risks for natural disasters," said RealtyTrac's Daren Blomquist.
Only Lucas County, which is home to Toledo, was ranked in the very high risk category. It's one of only 373 counties nationwide in that category.
"Having some risk for both earthquakes and hurricanes, but then the very high risk for tornadoes is driving that county's score up higher than any other in the state," he said.
The state's hurricane risk comes from the remnants of storms as they move inland. Hurricane Ike's winds rank as one of the state's costliest disasters while Superstorm Sandy did a lot of damage in northeastern Ohio.
Most of the very high risk counties were in the southeastern United States with the highest concentration across northern Mississippi and Alabama.
“The potential risk of a natural disaster may not be the first item on most home buyer checklists for a dream home, but prudent buyers will certainly take this into consideration along with myriad other factors that could affect home value,” said Blomquist. “In the past natural disaster data was technically available, but difficult for buyers and homeowners to dig up; however, now the data is readily available online for virtually any U.S. property, and buyers should take advantage of this.”
Southern Ohio around to Cincinnati and north to Toledo along the western border of Ohio were included in the high risk area. The Youngstown area also saw a higher risk.
On the other end of the spectrum, the Columbus area was one of the lowest risk spots on the map.