Climate Change Is Posing a Serious Threat to U.S. Real Estate, New Data Finds

Climate change is making many popular areas of the U.S. risky to live in due to potential environmental disasters, yet home prices are increasing even more rapidly in these areas — and Americans are flocking to them.

ST. LOUIS, Mo., June 29, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Home prices in areas most impacted by climate change are increasing at a higher rate than the national median, according to a new report from Home Bay, an online publication that connects readers with expert real estate advice.

Median home sale prices have increased 167% in major metros within states that have had at least 50 Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) disaster declarations since 2012, while the national median increase is only 113%.

The states FEMA ranks as most likely to have disasters that threaten buildings, people, and agriculture (and are, therefore, the biggest risk to homeowners) are:

  1. California
  2. Texas
  3. Florida
  4. Louisiana
  5. North Carolina

The states least at risk for climate change-induced weather events are concentrated in the Northeast:

  1. Rhode Island
  2. Vermont
  3. Delaware
  4. New Hampshire
  5. Maine

In addition to rising home prices, climate change is impacting other home costs such as insurance and energy. Since 1980, the average U.S. temperature has increased from 51.6 to 53.7 degrees Fahrenheit, meaning homeowners are spending more on electricity to cool their houses.

Since 1980, the number of billion-dollar weather and climate disasters has increased by 567% across the U.S. Adjusted for inflation, the U.S. averaged 4.7 billion-dollar disasters annually from 1980 to 2007. Since 2008, the number of billion-dollar disasters has grown to 13.6 annually. In 2020 and 2021, that number increased to 21 per year.

Since 2012 alone, there have been 145 individual billion-dollar disasters in America.

Many of the states most threatened by these disasters contain some of the most in-demand metro areas for home buyers. However, it’s clear that Americans feel the benefits of living in these areas still outweigh the potential risks – at least for now.

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