States With the Most Weather Disasters Over the Last Decade, All 50 States Ranked

24/7 Wall Street: In the last 10 years, 9 out of every 10 counties in the United States have experienced a federally declared climate disaster, according to a report released late last year. Disasters including hurricanes, wildfires, blizzards, floodings, and other types of extreme weather events struck almost every part of the country.

This means most U.S. residents are potentially in the path of natural disasters, which are becoming more frequent and powerful amid global warming.

To find the states with the most weather disasters, 24/7 Wall St. reviewed the Atlas of Disaster report published by Rebuild by Design, a nonprofit that helps communities struck by natural disasters. We ranked states by the number of weather disasters from 2011 to 2021 as listed in the report. All data, including federal aid, came from the report. A disaster in a state can span several counties, and therefore the number of counties with five or more disasters can be larger than the number of disasters declared by the state.

Federal aid to help states prepare for and clean up after weather-related events comes largely from the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the Department of Housing and Urban Development. According to the recent report, these agencies have dispersed $91 billion in disaster aid to states from 2011 to 2021, led by $26.3 billion to New York and $14.8 billion to Texas.

Superstorm Sandy in 2012 was the costliest natural disaster in New York and New Jersey in this period of time, while Hurricane Harvey in 2017 and a devastating winter storm in 2021 were the costliest weather disasters in the Lone Star state in that 10-year span. (Here are the most destructive storms in U.S. history.) Read more>>