The best US cities to live in to escape the worst effects of climate change
Somewhere warm, but not too warm; free from roof-toppling hurricanes and ground-rumbling earthquakes; close to a river or ocean, but far enough to avoid the threats of flooding and sea level rise.Which places does that leave? According to climate scientists and urban planners, not a lot.Advertisement
"The bottom line is it's going to be bad everywhere," Bruce Riordan, the director of the Climate Readiness Institute at the University of California Berkeley, told Business Insider. "It's a matter of who gets organized around this."
Still, there are some cities with a better chance of surviving the onslaught of a warmer planet, Vivek Shandas, an urban-planning professor at Portland State University, told Business Insider."There are places that might at least temper the effects of climate change," he said.
Shandas is part of a research group studying this very question. When evaluating how prepared cities are for climate change, he and his team look at a handful of factors, including policy and politics, community organization, and infrastructure. The research so far indicates that the following locations could be your best bet over the next five decades - especially if you're investing in a home or property.
Salt Lake City, Utah
Ann Arbor, Michigan
San Francisco, California
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