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Central Florida and ORLANDO designated as Florida's hurricane-safe area!

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Real Estate Agent with Re/Max Town & Country Realty BK560717

     In Florida, where is the safest location to dodge hurricanes? 

      Depending on who you ask, people are undoubtedly inquiring and searching online. And with good cause.

     According to NOAA, there are over seven hurricanes that hit the US on average every four years, and roughly three significant storms that make landfall every five years.

Florida is the epicenter of 40% of all US hurricanes.  Sixty percent of significant hurricanes make landfall in Texas or Florida. Any hurricane with maximum sustained winds of at least 111 mph that is Category 3 or above is considered a major storm.
     In summary, while no area in Florida is completely protected from storms, some areas are thought to be "safer" than others.

 

Which areas of Florida have been affected by hurricanes and tropical storms?

       120 of them made it to Florida.      The following lists the areas in which they have affected the state:

Northeast Florida: 28
Southeast Florida: 48
Southwest Florida: 51
Northwest Florida: 66

     In case you were wondering, over the same era, there was one storm in each of Pennsylvania and New Hampshire.

 

Orlando is the most hurricane-resistant city in Florida.

    Orlando was the only Florida city to appear on the majority of "safest" lists.

      Some sources recommended Orlando in particular, while others stated more generally that Central Florida is your best bet to avoid storm surges and the worst winds.

     With a projected population of 312,280 in 2023, Orlando ranks fourth among Florida's major cities, according to the World Population Review, and is the largest city on the list.

     However, don't assume that just because you live in the middle of the state, you won't ever experience the effects of a hurricane. In recent years, the threat posed by certain hurricanes has forced Disney World and Universal Studios to close until the storms have passed.

 

Two Leesburg and Kissimmee cities rank in the top ten hurricane-safe Florida localities.

      Unsurprisingly, Kissimmee and Leesburg, which finished just behind Orlando, were listed by multiple websites as the best places to live in Florida if you want to feel safe from hurricanes.

     29,178 people are living in Leesburg, which is 45 miles west of Orlando, according to the US Census Bureau. According to Terra Frma, a manufacturer of disaster preparedness supplies, there is little chance of flooding or tropical storms.

A few websites listed Kissimmee, which is roughly 20 miles south of Orlando and close to Walt Disney World, as having a population of 333,287.

Sanford to Lake City are the next locations predicted to be secure from hurricanes, but there's one unexpected

     Except for Fernandina Beach, several Central Florida locations tied for the title of the next safest cities from hurricanes.
     Palatka, Lake City, Sanford, Gainesville, and Ocala were the other cities.
     Fernandina Beach, which is near the Georgia border in Northeast Florida, is expected to have 13,566 residents in 2023, according to World Population Review. Out of all the websites analyzed, this is one of only two cities that are situated on a shore.
     Over the previous 167 years, there have been 26 storms in total that have hit Northeast Florida, including one Category 3.

     10,512 people were living in Palatka in 2021. It is situated southwest of St. Augustine and roughly 60 miles south of Jacksonville. This location, which is along the St. Johns River, has previously flooded.

     According to Terra Frma, Lake City has little chance of flooding and tropical storms. 12,497 people called Lake City, which is situated close to the convergence of Interstates 10 and 75 between Jacksonville and Tallahassee, home in 2021.

    About 20 miles north of Orlando's downtown is Sanford, which is situated on Lake Monroe. Hurricane Ian caused flooding there as well in 2022.


Ocala is thought to be at low risk of flooding and hurricanes. Ocala is situated between Gainesville and Orlando, near Silver Springs, a national landmark and natural theme park, and home to the Ocala National Forest. 63,591 people were counted in the 2020 Census.

     At 141,085 residents in 2020, Gainesville is the biggest city in North Central Florida. Despite being in the heart of the state, it is roughly 75 miles from the Atlantic Ocean and the Gulf of Mexico. The University of Florida, the oldest and largest university in Florida, is located in Gainesville.

 

The remaining cities on the list of Florida's hurricane-safest cities are...

A minimum of one source lists the following other Florida cities as hurricane-proof: 

The Villages: The Villages, is a central Florida master-planned retirement community with 81,000 residents. 
 
Minneola: Included in the Orlando Metropolitan Statistical Area, Minneola is home to less than 10,000 people. In Lake County, its household income is among the highest. 

Winter Springs: Included in the Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford Metro Area, Winter Springs has a population of 38,021. 
Naples: Following Hurricane Ian in 2022, this Southwest Florida city lost points at several locations. 19,115 people were counted in the 2020 Census.
 
Wekiwa Springs: As of the 2020 Census, the municipality has 23,428 residents and is 16 miles from Orlando's downtown.
 
Heathrow: Heathrow, a census-designated place since 1985, is located 38 miles southwest of Daytona Beach and 19 miles northeast of Orlando. There were 6,898 individuals in 2020.
 
Doctor Phillips: Included in the Orlando–Kissimmee–Sanford, Florida Metropolitan Statistical Area, Dr. Phillips is a suburb of Orlando. The 2020 census found 12,328 people living there.
 
St. Cloud: Founded as a retirement village for Union soldiers of the Civil War, St. Cloud is situated in Central Florida on the southern bank of East Lake Tohopekaliga. About 26 miles southeast of Orlando is where you'll find it. 59,404 people were counted in the 2020 Census. The city is a component of the Sanford, Kissimmee, and Orlando metropolitan regions.

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