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Pack your bags

Which U.S. city should you hunker down in during the era of climate change? 

The New York Times’ Jonah Engel Bromwich asked three climate experts and got nine answers (well, eight in the U.S. and one in Canada):

  • Boise, Idaho
  • Chicago
  • Detroit
  • Madison, Wisconsin
  • New York City
  • Portland, Maine
  • San Francisco
  • State College, Pennsylvania
  • Toronto

Now, the Times isn’t the only media organization that’s looked into this issue. We here at made our own such list a couple of years ago:

  • Burlington, Vermont
  • Cleveland, Ohio
  • Detroit
  • Homer, Alaska
  • Lancaster, Pennsylvania
  • Leadville, Colorado
  • Nappanee, Indiana
  • Nashville, Tennessee
  • San Francisco
  • Seattle

Just two cities make both lists. If you want to hedge your bets, pick one of those. One-percenters: Try San Francisco. Everyone else: We’ll see you in Detroit.

Unfortunately, even in those cities, you won’t actually be spared all the climate drama. As Penn State meteorologist David W. Titley told the Times, “I don’t care if you found the safest place in the U.S. We’re all going to pay, we’re all going to suffer that economic disruption, we’re all going to pay for that relocation.”

But at least in Detroit, we won’t have to pay as much in rent.