(MoneyWatch) Scared of hurricanes, tornadoes and fires? Head to Ohio.
Three of the top 10 cities in the U.S. least likely to be destroyed by a natural disaster are located in the state, according to Trulia. Tapping data from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, U.S. Forest Service and FEMA's National Flood Insurance Program, the real estate research firm compiled a list of the cities around the country with the lowest risk of being flooded, rocked by earthquakes, battered by hurricanes, struck with tornadoes or burned by wildfires.
Another benefit these safer cities enjoy: They tend to be affordable compared to locales in places like California, Florida and Hawaii where natural disasters are more common. There are reasons why, say, a house in Honolulu is pricey -- impeccable weather, breathtaking views, exciting urban nightlife -- but that won't help when the earth starts shaking.
In fact, when a natural disaster occurs, homeowners are almost twice as likely to default on their mortgage in high-risk areas than in more sheltered regions, according to mortgage research provider CoreLogic.
While most of the cities listed below escape the scariest disasters, they do have weather-related issues, particularly heavy snowstorms, that shut down even the biggest cities. Many of the cities are also struggling with man-made problems, such as high unemployment and other recession-era fallout.