Skip to Content

The most and least resilient counties in America

Pacific Standard has published a new map based on a report from the EPA published quietly back in October which shows which counties in the US are most and least resilient to a changing climate, based on information from 117 different data sets. Unfortunately, the Southeast does not come off well, not necessarily due to climate risk but to societal choices which make us more vulnerable to extreme weather. For example, here is what the article says about Georgia: “The state of Georgia, for instance, is no more at risk from climate impacts than the average state, but is nonetheless acutely vulnerable to climate-related events, thanks to less-stringent building codes, a high number of vacant structures, and old public infrastructure.” In general, coastal counties are more prepared than inland areas. You can read the article at https://psmag.com/environment/the-most-climate-resilient-counties-in-america or access the EPA report directly here.

Resilience across the U.S., broken down by county. Darker colors show a higher CRSI score, and therefore greater resilience to climate change. The index excludes eight boroughs in Alaska, owing to a lack of data.
(Chart: Environmental Protection Agency)