Special Report

States That Have Endured the Most Costly Natural Disasters Since 1980

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40. Hawaii
> Combined cost of billion-dollar weather disasters ’80-’22: $6.42 billion
> Most costly type of disaster: Tropical cyclone ($6.42 billion)
> Total population: 1,420,074
> Most recent billion-dollar disaster: Hurricane Iniki, September 1992

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39. Idaho
> Combined cost of billion-dollar weather disasters ’80-’22: $6.71 billion
> Most costly type of disaster: Wildfire ($3.09 billion)
> Total population: 1,754,367
> Most recent billion-dollar disaster: Western/Southern Plains Drought, 2022

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38. West Virginia
> Combined cost of billion-dollar weather disasters ’80-’22: $7.19 billion
> Most costly type of disaster: Flooding ($2.64 billion)
> Total population: 1,807,426
> Most recent billion-dollar disaster: Hurricane Ida, August 2021

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37. Washington
> Combined cost of billion-dollar weather disasters ’80-’22: $7.53 billion
> Most costly type of disaster: Drought ($3.43 billion)
> Total population: 7,512,465
> Most recent billion-dollar disaster: Western/Southern Plains Drought, 2022

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36. Arizona
> Combined cost of billion-dollar weather disasters ’80-’22: $8.01 billion
> Most costly type of disaster: Severe storm ($5.09 billion)
> Total population: 7,174,064
> Most recent billion-dollar disaster: Western/Southern Plains Drought, 2022

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