With Northern California recently suffering its worst earthquake in 25 years and the Atlantic hurricane season approaching its peak period, you're probably wondering where it's safe to live — and here are five great options. "If you're extremely risk-averse, one of these places may be right for you," says Daren Blomquist of market watcher RealtyTrac, which recently named the best U.S. communities for avoiding natural disasters. Insidermonkey experts made a list of best places to live to avoid natural disasters.
RealtyTrac found that among the 34 most-populous counties studied, median home prices in the eight rated "Low" or "Very Low" for overall natural-disaster risks averaged just $161,000 as of April. That's 6.4% below the $172,000 national median. Blomquist speculates that safe communities have modest housing costs because, as noted above, they're often far away from picturesque-but-risky mountains or beaches. You can also check our list of 7 Biggest Cities that are on a Major Earthquake Fault Line.