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People Are Flocking to These Hurricane Zones

People Are Flocking to These Hurricane Zones

When planning an out-of-state move, there are many factors to consider. Planning ahead mitigates any unpleasant, unexpected surprises. But even the most thorough person may miss a few details. When you find your dream home, you start to orient yourself. Maybe you spend time looking at the photos of your new property, deciding how you’ll fill it with your unique style.

One of the factors that you must consider when leaving your current state is the weather in the new state. It’s easy to overlook adverse weather when home or apartment prices are just right. But if you’re from a state with pleasant weather like California and you’re planning a move to the east coast, you’re in for some startling weather patterns.

States like North Carolina, South Carolina, and Florida all boast beautiful beaches but they also experience hurricanes. FEMA put together a Hurricane Risk Rating to alert the general public, private businesses, and the local and state governments of what to expect in terms of these natural hazards. If you’re getting ready to pack up and call a new state home, it’s worth taking a look at what you will experience in the new environment.

For many, even the threat of hurricanes isn’t enough to deter them from moving. While hurricanes take some getting used to (and some great insurance policies), they’re not an everyday occurrence. Plus, they’re typically predicted ahead of time, which allows residents the opportunity to find shelter or evacuate, depending on the severity of the hurricane.

To determine the hurricane zones people are flocking to, 24/7 Tempo reviewed data on population change due to net migration from the U.S. Census Bureau’s Population and Housing Unit Estimates program and natural hazard risk for counties from the March 2023 FEMA National Risk Index dataset. Counties classified as “relatively high” or “very high” risk of hurricanes by FEMA were ranked based on total population change due to net migration from April 2020 to July 2023. (Also Read: This US City Has the Highest Hurricane Threat Today)

50. Georgetown County, SC

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  • Population change due to net migration, 2020 to 2023: +4,142 residents
  • FEMA hurricane risk rating: 97.4/100
  • Total population: 65,731
  • County seat: Georgetown

49. Lafayette Parish, LA

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  • Population change due to net migration, 2020 to 2023: +4,451 residents
  • FEMA hurricane risk rating: 97.7/100
  • Total population: 249,750
  • County seat: Lafayette

48. Okaloosa County, FL

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  • Population change due to net migration, 2020 to 2023: +5,297 residents
  • FEMA hurricane risk rating: 98.7/100
  • Total population: 218,464
  • County seat: Crestview

47. Harris County, TX

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  • Population change due to net migration, 2020 to 2023: +5,364 residents
  • FEMA hurricane risk rating: 100.0/100
  • Total population: 4,835,125
  • County seat: Houston

46. Chatham County, GA

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  • Population change due to net migration, 2020 to 2023: +6,136 residents
  • FEMA hurricane risk rating: 99.5/100
  • Total population: 303,655
  • County seat: Savannah

45. Livingston Parish, LA

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  • Population change due to net migration, 2020 to 2023: +6,655 residents
  • FEMA hurricane risk rating: 96.5/100
  • Total population: 150,145
  • County seat: Livingston

44. Alachua County, FL

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  • Population change due to net migration, 2020 to 2023: +6,751 residents
  • FEMA hurricane risk rating: 95.9/100
  • Total population: 285,994
  • County seat: Gainesville

43. Escambia County, FL

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  • Population change due to net migration, 2020 to 2023: +6,790 residents
  • FEMA hurricane risk rating: 98.9/100
  • Total population: 326,928
  • County seat: Pensacola

42. Dorchester County, SC

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  • Population change due to net migration, 2020 to 2023: +7,164 residents
  • FEMA hurricane risk rating: 98.0/100
  • Total population: 169,833
  • County seat: St. George

41. Martin County, FL

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  • Population change due to net migration, 2020 to 2023: +8,508 residents
  • FEMA hurricane risk rating: 98.2/100
  • Total population: 163,315
  • County seat: Stuart

40. Pender County, NC

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  • Population change due to net migration, 2020 to 2023: +8,678 residents
  • FEMA hurricane risk rating: 96.6/100
  • Total population: 68,521
  • County seat: Burgaw

39. Galveston County, TX

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  • Population change due to net migration, 2020 to 2023: +9,402 residents
  • FEMA hurricane risk rating: 98.3/100
  • Total population: 361,744
  • County seat: Galveston

38. Broward County, FL

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  • Population change due to net migration, 2020 to 2023: +9,898 residents
  • FEMA hurricane risk rating: 99.9/100
  • Total population: 1,962,531
  • County seat: Fort Lauderdale

37. St. Tammany Parish, LA

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  • Population change due to net migration, 2020 to 2023: +10,292 residents
  • FEMA hurricane risk rating: 97.8/100
  • Total population: 275,583
  • County seat: Covington

36. Walton County, FL

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  • Population change due to net migration, 2020 to 2023: +11,045 residents
  • FEMA hurricane risk rating: 97.1/100
  • Total population: 86,354
  • County seat: DeFuniak Springs

35. Seminole County, FL

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  • Population change due to net migration, 2020 to 2023: +11,894 residents
  • FEMA hurricane risk rating: 96.9/100
  • Total population: 484,271
  • County seat: Sanford

34. Charleston County, SC

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  • Population change due to net migration, 2020 to 2023: +12,003 residents
  • FEMA hurricane risk rating: 99.6/100
  • Total population: 424,367
  • County seat: Charleston

33. Beaufort County, SC

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  • Population change due to net migration, 2020 to 2023: +12,312 residents
  • FEMA hurricane risk rating: 99.1/100
  • Total population: 198,979
  • County seat: Beaufort

32. New Hanover County, NC

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  • Population change due to net migration, 2020 to 2023: +13,516 residents
  • FEMA hurricane risk rating: 99.4/100
  • Total population: 238,852
  • County seat: Wilmington

31. Indian River County, FL

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  • Population change due to net migration, 2020 to 2023: +14,519 residents
  • FEMA hurricane risk rating: 98.5/100
  • Total population: 169,795
  • County seat: Vero Beach

30. Santa Rosa County, FL

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  • Population change due to net migration, 2020 to 2023: +15,248 residents
  • FEMA hurricane risk rating: 97.3/100
  • Total population: 203,162
  • County seat: Milton

29. Bay County, FL

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  • Population change due to net migration, 2020 to 2023: +16,345 residents
  • FEMA hurricane risk rating: 98.7/100
  • Total population: 190,769
  • County seat: Panama City

28. Citrus County, FL

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  • Population change due to net migration, 2020 to 2023: +20,492 residents
  • FEMA hurricane risk rating: 97.8/100
  • Total population: 166,696
  • County seat: Inverness

27. Brazoria County, TX

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  • Population change due to net migration, 2020 to 2023: +21,608 residents
  • FEMA hurricane risk rating: 98.5/100
  • Total population: 398,938
  • County seat: Angleton

26. Orange County, FL

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  • Population change due to net migration, 2020 to 2023: +21,634 residents
  • FEMA hurricane risk rating: 99.1/100
  • Total population: 1,471,416
  • County seat: Orlando

25. Pinellas County, FL

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  • Population change due to net migration, 2020 to 2023: +21,848 residents
  • FEMA hurricane risk rating: 99.7/100
  • Total population: 961,596
  • County seat: Clearwater

24. Berkeley County, SC

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  • Population change due to net migration, 2020 to 2023: +22,774 residents
  • FEMA hurricane risk rating: 98.6/100
  • Total population: 255,217
  • County seat: Moncks Corner

23. Baldwin County, AL

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  • Population change due to net migration, 2020 to 2023: +23,082 residents
  • FEMA hurricane risk rating: 98.9/100
  • Total population: 253,507
  • County seat: Bay Minette

22. Hernando County, FL

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  • Population change due to net migration, 2020 to 2023: +24,135 residents
  • FEMA hurricane risk rating: 97.5/100
  • Total population: 212,807
  • County seat: Brooksville

21. Brunswick County, NC

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  • Population change due to net migration, 2020 to 2023: +26,144 residents
  • FEMA hurricane risk rating: 98.4/100
  • Total population: 159,964
  • County seat: Bolivia

20. Charlotte County, FL

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  • Population change due to net migration, 2020 to 2023: +26,686 residents
  • FEMA hurricane risk rating: 98.1/100
  • Total population: 206,134
  • County seat: Punta Gorda

19. Duval County, FL

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  • Population change due to net migration, 2020 to 2023: +27,300 residents
  • FEMA hurricane risk rating: 98.8/100
  • Total population: 1,030,822
  • County seat: Jacksonville

18. Collier County, FL

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  • Population change due to net migration, 2020 to 2023: +32,303 residents
  • FEMA hurricane risk rating: 99.5/100
  • Total population: 404,310
  • County seat: East Naples

17. Marion County, FL

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  • Population change due to net migration, 2020 to 2023: +43,614 residents
  • FEMA hurricane risk rating: 97.3/100
  • Total population: 409,959
  • County seat: Ocala

16. Osceola County, FL

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  • Population change due to net migration, 2020 to 2023: +44,165 residents
  • FEMA hurricane risk rating: 96.4/100
  • Total population: 437,784
  • County seat: Kissimmee

15. Manatee County, FL

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  • Population change due to net migration, 2020 to 2023: +45,913 residents
  • FEMA hurricane risk rating: 99.2/100
  • Total population: 441,095
  • County seat: Bradenton

14. Lake County, FL

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  • Population change due to net migration, 2020 to 2023: +46,645 residents
  • FEMA hurricane risk rating: 96.5/100
  • Total population: 424,462
  • County seat: Tavares

13. St. Lucie County, FL

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  • Population change due to net migration, 2020 to 2023: +47,334 residents
  • FEMA hurricane risk rating: 99.1/100
  • Total population: 373,586
  • County seat: Fort Pierce

12. St. Johns County, FL

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  • Population change due to net migration, 2020 to 2023: +48,227 residents
  • FEMA hurricane risk rating: 96.0/100
  • Total population: 320,110
  • County seat: St. Augustine

11. Sarasota County, FL

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  • Population change due to net migration, 2020 to 2023: +48,445 residents
  • FEMA hurricane risk rating: 99.3/100
  • Total population: 469,013
  • County seat: Sarasota

10. Volusia County, FL

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  • Population change due to net migration, 2020 to 2023: +48,888 residents
  • FEMA hurricane risk rating: 98.2/100
  • Total population: 590,357
  • County seat: DeLand

9. Palm Beach County, FL

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  • Population change due to net migration, 2020 to 2023: +49,293 residents
  • FEMA hurricane risk rating: 99.9/100
  • Total population: 1,533,801
  • County seat: West Palm Beach

8. Brevard County, FL

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  • Population change due to net migration, 2020 to 2023: +49,354 residents
  • FEMA hurricane risk rating: 99.7/100
  • Total population: 643,979
  • County seat: Titusville

7. Horry County, SC

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  • Population change due to net migration, 2020 to 2023: +52,189 residents
  • FEMA hurricane risk rating: 99.6/100
  • Total population: 397,478
  • County seat: Conway

6. Hillsborough County, FL

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  • Population change due to net migration, 2020 to 2023: +62,932 residents
  • FEMA hurricane risk rating: 99.8/100
  • Total population: 1,535,564
  • County seat: Tampa

5. Pasco County, FL

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  • Population change due to net migration, 2020 to 2023: +78,725 residents
  • FEMA hurricane risk rating: 99.6/100
  • Total population: 632,996
  • County seat: Dade City

4. Fort Bend County, TX

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  • Population change due to net migration, 2020 to 2023: +79,820 residents
  • FEMA hurricane risk rating: 99.2/100
  • Total population: 916,778
  • County seat: Richmond

3. Lee County, FL

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  • Population change due to net migration, 2020 to 2023: +79,992 residents
  • FEMA hurricane risk rating: 99.8/100
  • Total population: 834,573
  • County seat: Fort Myers

2. Montgomery County, TX

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  • Population change due to net migration, 2020 to 2023: +80,887 residents
  • FEMA hurricane risk rating: 95.8/100
  • Total population: 711,354
  • County seat: Conroe

1. Polk County, FL

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  • Population change due to net migration, 2020 to 2023: +94,601 residents
  • FEMA hurricane risk rating: 98.7/100
  • Total population: 818,330
  • County seat: Bartow
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