These 10 cities could lose $34 billion-plus in housing to coastal floods by 2050

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These 10 cities could lose $34 billion-plus in housing to coastal floods by 2050

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Within three decades more than 386,000 homes in coastal areas of the U.S. will be at risk of permanent submersion or regular flooding due to climate change, according to a recent study by real estate website Zillow and nonprofit weather news site Climate Central.

About 40 percent of the American population may be affected to some degree. Those residences are collectively worth nearly $210 billion in 2018 dollars, according to Zillow; in the top 10 cities likely affected, losses could total more than $34 billion. Things look even more grim further out in time: By 2100 some 2.5 million homes nationwide, worth about $1.3 trillion altogether, could be at risk if the scientific data and resulting computer models are correct.

Here are the 10 cities predicted to be worst affected by 2050, along with the amount of local housing affected by flooding and its value.

Source: Zillow.com

  • 10. Virginia Beach, Virginia

    Total value of housing in risk zone: $1,046,508,894 (By 2100: $9,468,757,353)
    Share of housing in risk zone: 1.3 percent (By 2100: 17.3 percent)
    Housing count in risk zone: 1,887 (By 2100: 24,692)
    Share of total housing value in risk zone: 2.2 percent (By 2100: 20 percent)

    Shortline Tranquility
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  • 9. Boston

    Total value of housing in risk zone: $1,151,043,082 (By 2100: $35,084,609,593)
    Share of housing in risk zone: 0.7 percent (By 2100: 22 percent)
    Housing count in risk zone: 833 (By 2100: 25,923)
    Share of total housing value in risk zone: 1.1 percent (By 2100: 33.5 percent)

    Downtown Boston Massachusetts Skyline
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  • 8. Stockton, California

    Total value of housing in risk zone: $1,696,419,875 (By 2100: $5,441,951,253)
    Share of housing in risk zone: 5.9 percent (By 2100: 22 percent)
    Housing count in risk zone: 4,415 (By 2100: 16,552)
    Share of total housing value in risk zone: 7.3 percent (By 2100: 23.4 percent)

    Stockton, California
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  • 7. Seattle

    Total value of housing in risk zone: $2,164,936,680 (By 2100: $2,752,414,258)
    Share of housing in risk zone: 0.8 percent (By 2100: 1 percent)
    Housing count in risk zone: 1,491 (By 2100: 1,894)
    Share of total housing value in risk zone: 1.3 percent (By 2100: 1.6 percent)

    Skyline at dawn with Space Needle and Mt Rainier, Seattle, USA
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  • 6. Long Beach, California

    Total value of housing in risk zone: $2,169,035,241 (By 2100: $6,924,518,935)
    Share of housing in risk zone: 1.7 percent (By 2100: 5.8 percent)
    Housing count in risk zone: 1,580 (By 2100: 5,284)
    Share of total housing value in risk zone: 3.5 percent (By 2100: 11.2 percent)

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  • 5. Charleston, South Carolina

    Total value of housing in risk zone: $2,194,053,387 (By 2100: $10,617,186,228)
    Share of housing in risk zone: 5.9 percent (By 2100: 38.6 percent)
    Housing count in risk zone: 2,650 (By 2100: 17,437)
    Share of total housing value in risk zone: 10.2 percent (By 2100: 49.4 percent)

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  • 4. Miami Beach, Florida

    Total value of housing in risk zone: $2,920,635,593 (By 2100: $37,604,140,241)
    Share of housing in risk zone: 10.8 percent (By 2100: 85.2 percent)
    Housing count in risk zone: 5,177 (By 2100: 40,730)
    Share of total housing value in risk zone: 6.5 percent (By 2100: 84.1 percent)

    Miami Beach Hotels
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  • 3. New York City

    Total value of housing in risk zone: $3,905,220,573 (By 2100: $87,307,101,711)
    Share of housing in risk zone: 0.5 percent (By 2100: 7 percent)
    Housing count in risk zone: 6,259 (By 2100: 95,210)
    Share of total housing value in risk zone: 0.3 percent (By 2100: 6.4 percent)

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  • 2. Newport Beach, California

    Total value of housing in risk zone: $5,276,358,560 (By 2100: $16,237,386,190)
    Share of housing in risk zone: 6.4 percent (By 2100: 18 percent)
    Housing count in risk zone: 1,861 (By 2100: 5,205)
    Share of total housing value in risk zone: 6.6 percent (By 2100: 20.2 percent)

    Newport Beach skyline and houses
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  • 1. San Mateo, California

    Total value of housing in risk zone: $11,926,104,726 (By 2100: $14,592,425,181)
    Share of housing in risk zone: 34.2 percent (By 2100: 41.6 percent)
    Housing count in risk zone: 8,951 (By 2100: 10,890)
    Share of total housing value in risk zone: 28 percent (By 2100: 34.3 percent)

    Aerial of luxury houses in San Mateo
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