Special Report

States That Have Endured the Most Costly Natural Disasters Since 1980

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45. Nevada
> Combined cost of billion-dollar weather disasters ’80-’22: $2.66 billion
> Most costly type of disaster: Wildfire ($1.15 billion)
> Total population: 3,030,281
> Most recent billion-dollar disaster: Western/Southern Plains Drought, 2022

44. Delaware
> Combined cost of billion-dollar weather disasters ’80-’22: $2.82 billion
> Most costly type of disaster: Tropical cyclone ($960 million)
> Total population: 967,679
> Most recent billion-dollar disaster: Hurricane Ida, August 2021

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43. Utah
> Combined cost of billion-dollar weather disasters ’80-’22: $3.30 billion
> Most costly type of disaster: Flooding ($1.49 billion)
> Total population: 3,151,239
> Most recent billion-dollar disaster: Western/Southern Plains Drought, 2022

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42. Wyoming
> Combined cost of billion-dollar weather disasters ’80-’22: $4.58 billion
> Most costly type of disaster: Drought ($2.57 billion)
> Total population: 581,348
> Most recent billion-dollar disaster: Western/Southern Plains Drought, 2022

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41. New Mexico
> Combined cost of billion-dollar weather disasters ’80-’22: $5.28 billion
> Most costly type of disaster: Drought ($2.66 billion)
> Total population: 2,097,021
> Most recent billion-dollar disaster: Western/Southern Plains Drought, 2022

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