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Bethesda Among Least Likely Towns To Be Hit By Natural Disaster

By Aaron Kraut

Thursday - 8/29/2013, 2:35pm  ET

Damage to power lines in the 5900 block of Grosvenor Lane during Superstorm Sandy (file photo)The Bethesda-Rockville-Frederick metropolitan area is the fifth least likely to be hit by a natural disaster, according to a report put out by real estate website Trulia.com.

If you read BethesdaNow.com regularly, you’re by now probably well aware that many of these rankings use the “metropolitan area,” as defined by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, when researching and categorizing lists including “Most Secure Place in the U.S.,” “Best City For Finding Employment Right Now,” “Best 2013 Housing Markets,” and even the “Highest Ratio of Single Women to Single Men in the U.S.

So chalk up another one for the supposed metropolis that is Bethesda-Rockville-Frederick.

Trulia created a “Natural Hazard Visualizations Map,” using hurricane and tornado data from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and wildfire data from the U.S. Forest Service.

Bethesda-Rockville-Frederick ranks fifth on the list of housing markets at lower risk of natural disasters, according to the website’s research. Of course, the area’s asking price for a home per square feet far surpassed any other area in the top 10.

Syracuse, N.Y. took the top rank for lowest natural disaster risk, followed by Cleveland, Akron, Ohio and Buffalo, N.Y.