"More than 1.3% of the adult population in the US was displaced by natural
disasters in the past year, with hurricanes responsible for more than half of
the forced relocations, according to first-of-its-kind survey results from the
US Census Bureau.
The Household Pulse Survey results said that 3.3 million US adults were
displaced by either hurricanes, floods, fires, tornadoes or other disasters.
The two-year-old online survey asked for the first time about displacement from
natural disasters in results released on Thursday.
Some states were affected more than others. In Florida, nearly 1 million
people, or about one in 17 adult residents, were displaced in a state that was
ravaged by Hurricanes Ian and Nicole in the fall. More than 409,000 people – or
almost one in eight residents – were displaced in Louisiana, which had a
comparatively calm hurricane season in 2022 even though residents still were
dealing with the devastating impacts from Hurricane Ida the previous year.
Among the states with lowest rates of the adult population being displaced by
disasters were Indiana, Maine, North Dakota, Ohio and Oklahoma.
Of the 3.3 million displaced adults, more than a third were out of their homes
for less than a week. About one in six residents never returned to their homes,
according to the survey.
The demographic makeup of the displaced did not deviate much from the overall
race and ethnic background of the US population, but they tended to be poorer.
About 22% of the displaced adults reported having a household income of less
than $25,000 a year, compared to 17.4% for the overall US population."
Via Doug Senko, who wrote "This is pretty mind boggling."
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