U.S. Landscape of Natural Disasters and Chronic Conditions

In 2017, the destruction leveled by natural disasters in the United States affected some populations more than others — namely people managing chronic conditions who suffered from limited access to medical treatment.

The following charts show which states experienced natural disasters costing at least $1 billion each since 2013 along with the number of people living with chronic conditions in each state.

California

Population: 30,476,517

Natural Disasters:

Chronic Conditions:

Texas

Population: 20,938,557

Natural Disasters:

Chronic Conditions:

Florida

Population: 16,782,417

Natural Disasters:

Chronic Conditions:

New York

Population: 15,694,902

Natural Disasters:

Chronic Conditions:

Pennsylvania

Population: 10,141,022

Natural Disasters:

Chronic Conditions:

Illinois

Population: 9,904,838

Natural Disasters:

Chronic Conditions:

North Carolina

Population: 7,971,073

Natural Disasters:

Chronic Conditions:

Georgia

Population: 7,914,681

Natural Disasters:

Chronic Conditions:

New Jersey

Population: 7,026,626

Natural Disasters:

Chronic Conditions:

Virginia

Population: 6,600,844

Natural Disasters:

Chronic Conditions:

Arizona

Population: 5,382,780

Natural Disasters:

Chronic Conditions:

Missouri

Population: 4,730,561

Natural Disasters:

Chronic Conditions:

Maryland

Population: 4,704,671

Natural Disasters:

Chronic Conditions:

Colorado

Population: 4,345,321

Natural Disasters:

Chronic Conditions:

South Carolina

Population: 3,919,695

Natural Disasters:

Chronic Conditions:

Louisiana

Population: 3,575,930

Natural Disasters:

Chronic Conditions:

Puerto Rico

Population: 2,680,381

Natural Disasters:

Chronic Conditions:

Iowa

Population: 2,413,764

Natural Disasters:

Chronic Conditions:

Kansas

Population: 2,200,585

Natural Disasters:

Chronic Conditions:

Idaho

Population: 1,273,151

Natural Disasters:

Chronic Conditions:

Average Cost of U.S. Natural Disasters

The frequency and cost of natural disasters are growing. The scope of damage caused by each disaster affects how severely people may suffer and how long care will be out of reach.

Average Death Count Per Event

Average Total CPI-Adjusted Cost (Millions of Dollars) Per Event

Average Days Impacted Per Event

SOURCES

NOAA National Centers for Environmental Information (NCEI). “U.S. Billion-Dollar Weather and Climate Disasters,” Department of Commerce, 2018. Accessed July 30, 2018. www.ncdc.noaa.gov/billions/events/US/2013-2018

Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. “Chronic Conditions,” U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, May 10, 2017. Accessed July 30, 2018. www.cms.gov/Research-Statistics-Data-and-Systems/Statistics-Trends-and-Reports/Chronic-Conditions/CC_Main.html

Insurance Information Institute. “Facts & Statistics: Wildfires,” 2018. Accessed July 30, 2018. www.iii.org/fact-statistic/facts-statistics-wildfires#Wildfires%20by%20year


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