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Minneapolis dubbed safest city by insurance actuaries

Posted On: Oct. 15, 2018 12:50 PM CST

Minneapolis dubbed safest city by insurance actuaries

It is said that in the late 1800s journalists explored the northern swath of land now known as Minneapolis and surrounding areas and dubbed it “another Siberia, unfit for human habitation.”

Fast forward to a post on Business Insider on Saturday, and it’s now the safest city as far as natural disasters go. The article introduces the idea by describing the destruction brought on by Hurricane Michael and then begs the question: “Where can people go to avoid these financial and physical effects of climate change?”

Reporters then went on to ask actuaries where.

Their top city? Cold, icy Minneapolis.

Taking into account extreme changes in temperature, wind speed, drought levels, precipitation, and sea level, Minneapolis qualifies as a “relatively risk-free” city, Doug Collins, the chair of the Climate Index Working Group, told a reporter.

Mr. Collins’ home city of Portland, Maine, took the No. 2 spot.