Moving to Florida? Arizona? Join the Crowd

The most disaster-prone U.S. counties are growing, but what will moving to Florida really cost you?

Surrounded by hurricane Ian rainfall flood waters homes in Florida residential area. Consequences of natural disaster
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Thinking of moving to Florida or other Sun Belt states prone to flooding, wildfires or extreme heat? You’re not alone. According to a study published on Monday by the tech-based real estate brokerage, Redfin, Americans are flocking to the counties hardest hit by climate change. For many of these migrants, pocketbook issues like affordable housing and lower income taxes are prime motivations. But the high cost to homeowners of extreme weather may cancel out such savings. 

Moving to Florida, Arizona or Texas? 

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Ellen Kennedy
Personal Finance Editor,

Ellen writes and edits personal finance stories, especially on credit cards and related products. She also covers the nexus between sustainability and personal finance. She was a manager and sustainability analyst at Calvert Investments for 15 years, focusing on climate change and consumer staples. She served on the sustainability councils of several Fortune 500 companies and led corporate engagements. Before joining Calvert, Ellen was a program officer for Winrock International, managing loans to alternative energy projects in Latin America. She earned a master’s from the U.C. Berkeley in international relations and Latin America.