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Old 05-14-2013, 12:29 PM
Location: Central Florida
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Originally Posted by creeksitter View Post
I don't know. If you are in an area prone to hurricanes insurance premiums will be high and that will affect your housing cost. Plus you have the added hassle of evacuating from time to time.
Insurance costs may be higher, bit I know the low property tax evens it out. As to natural disasters... that crazy sinkhole in West Florida settled it for me. If the earth can swallow you whole while you sleep, you are safe nowhere. Just got to live your life and die happy.
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Old 05-14-2013, 03:22 PM
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Originally Posted by jtur88 View Post
First of all, I would completely eliminate from the formula the OP's "clinchers" -- natural disasters. Every city has a very low and relatively uniform susceptibility to natural disasters. Like the Chicago fire, the Oklahoma City bombing, the World Trade Center, various plane crashes at airports -- where the victims don't much care whether the disasters are natural or not. The risk that a person will be killed or even harmed by any disaster is so minuscule, it is completely irrelevant in the evaluation of a place to live. For example, there is no major city in which tornadoes have killed more than one person per year in the past century. That's a pretty insignificant factor upon which to compare cities.

By the way, I'm confused by the OP, who is looking for the "average" city in his title, but the "perfect" city in his opening post. Trying to figure out how the two can mean the same thing.
Just for the record, I tried a heading asking for a perfect city which had all the things I had looked for; the forum said one already had the title!

I figure everyone has a perfect place which they call an average city... so I went with that.

As to natural disasters... Well, we get snow. Lots of snow some years, little the next. I can deal with snow. Otherwise....We have had 2 under 2.0 earthquakes within 50 miles in 40+ years, 2 tornadoes which were almost 30 miles away and rated barely 1 on the scale and minimal damage in 40+ years. We get the tail end of rain from hurricanes if they turn inland ( worst was in the early 1970s). The only fire I have ever seen was a train wheel locked up and sparking causing fire in the minimal brush along the tracks --people hosed it down or beat it out until the fire dept got the train to stop! It was no big deal.. So, in my part of western NY, we virtually have no "natural disasters"... unless you count really weird ones -- The Blizzard of 1977 (our house was almost under the snowdrifts) and the "October Surprise" of 2006: snow on the trees in early October when the leaves had not begun to drop.... Snow melts and you can cut tree branches. But fires and earthquakes and tornadoes do a lot more damage... I will pass on areas like that if I wanted to find a better place. [But, I forgot...I didn't think to put in a volcano... ]
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