Environmental hazards present risk for all homeowners throughoutthe U.S. Certain areas are well known for the risks they entail,but there are those ZIP codes that still fly under the radar forenvironmental hazards despite being hot spots. 

According to recent research by ATTOM DataSolutions, 17.3 million single-family homes and condominiums with a combinedestimated market value of $4.9 trillion are in ZIP codes with highor very high risk for at least one of four environmentalhazards:

  • Superfunds (sites contaminated with pollutants and otherharmful substances)
  • Brownfields (properties that may have hazardous substances,pollutants or contaminants present)
  • Polluters
  • Poor air quality 

The 17.3 million single family homes and condos in high-risk ZIPcodes represented 25 percent of the 68.1 million single-family homes and condos inthe 8,642 ZIP codes analyzed. A risk index for each of the fourenvironmental hazards was calculated for each of the 8,642 ZIPcodes, and the indexes were each divided into five categories ofrisk:

  • Very low
  • Low
  • Moderate
  • High
  • Very high. 

For the report, ATTOM Data Solutions analyzed 8,642 U.S. ZIPcodes with sufficient housing trend data for the four environmentalhazards.

A housing risk index was calculated for each of the four typesof hazards in each of the 8,642 areas. The maximum index value foreach index was 250 and the minimum value was 0.

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Denny Jacob

Denny Jacob is an associate editor for NU PropertyCasualty360. Contact him at [email protected].