Be thankful you live in…Pittsburgh? Yes.


If you live here, then you know of the many educational, cultural and other opportunities available to area residents.

But there’s another reason that living here is more than just a-ok.

As the Associated Press notes, the Federal Emergency Management Agency reports Pittsburgh is among the safest places in the country.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency has calculated the risk for every county in America for 18 types of natural disasters, such as earthquakes, hurricanes, tornadoes, floods, volcanoes and even tsunamis. …

FEMA’s top 10 riskiest places, in addition to Los Angeles, are three counties in the New York City area — Bronx, New York County (Manhattan) and Kings County (Brooklyn) — along with Miami, Philadelphia, Dallas, St. Louis and Riverside and San Bernardino counties in California.

By the same measurement, Loudoun County, a Washington, D.C. outer suburb, has the lowest risk of any county, according to FEMA. Three other Washington suburban counties rank among the lowest risks for larger counties, along with suburban Boston, Long Island, suburban Detroit and Pittsburgh.

I accept that a low risk of deadly weather phenomena alone is not sufficient for choosing where to live. But when you also consider the favorable cost of living, perhaps you begin to see why being in the ‘Burgh isn’t bad.

Sure, the region needs to do more to keep its young adults here and Pittsburgh is not immune from racial and economic challenges, but then again no place is perfect.

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