Viewing the horrible devastation of Hurricane Charley, I was thinking, it seems that there is something "wrong" with just about any place we would choose to live.
Here in the norhern Ohio midwest we get tornadoes......not often......but we get them. We get tough winter weather, sometimes blizzards or blizzard-like conditions.
If you go north, you get longer and colder winters.....and those blizzard thingys.
Go to the mid-south.....you get more tornadoes, muggy weather, more ice storms in the colder months.
Move to the southwest......hot (....."yeah, but at least it's dry heat....chuckle......", dust storms, low (can you say "no" water).
California has mudslides, hillside brush and forest fires, earthquakes.
The Pacific northwest has sometimes active volcanoes.....and inactive volcanoes just waiting to "turn on".
Panhandle Alaska is wet all the time. Crowded Alaska (Anchorage area) is very earthquake-prone....and it does get somewhat cold. Fairbanks does get very cold, with some weeks that don't go above twenty-below.
The northeast gets remnants of hurricanes and killer blizzards.
The southeast coast has a hurricane-is-coming list a mile long.
Question: With all this stuff, where is the best place to live?
Bear Waiting For The Usual Minimal NW Ohio Snowfall