Marin ranked among worst counties for home ownership


The results of a new cost-benefit-disaster analysis are in and the results are final: Marin County is among the worst places in America to own a home.

Yes, forget the sweeping views of San Francisco Bay and the Golden Gate. Forget Mt. Tam and the Marin Headlands. Forget public schools that are among the best in the state. The Weather Channel says Marin has got to go.

In rating the top 50 worst counties to own a home, “based on natural factors,” Marin county made number #17, behind Orleans Parish, New Orleans (#1)  and Ocean County, New Jersey  (Think Hurricane Sandy).

The analysis includes the potential for various threats as well as the resulting costs associated with natural disaster.

“The county earns the highest score in both measures of earthquake risk for its location above a tectonic hotbed of sorts,” says the Weather Channel Report.  This hotbed hosts seven fault lines, including the notorious San Andreas.” Thus,  ”When strong earthquakes hit the San Francisco Bay area, the results can be catastrophic.”

Add to that the threat of wildfires and floods, and well, any place would be better than here. Right?

“While a large portion of Marin County’s land juts up to bodies of water, including the Pacific Ocean, San Pablo Bay, Richardson Bay and Drakes Bay, less than 1 percent of its flood damage between 1996 and 2013 came from coastal flooding. Most of the damage came from rainfall-induced floods, including the December 2005 to January 2006 event that caused more than $100 million in losses and affected 1,600 homes across the county.”