The riskiest places to live in America

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What do you think about when it comes time to move or choose where you get a new home? Topping your list is probably figuring out how much house you can afford, but you're also probably thinking about choosing a good area for you and your family. Qualities you look for may include a good school district, nice neighbors or close proximity to the office. (Buying your first home? Here are five first-time homebuyer mistakes to avoid.)

But have you thought about how environmentally-safe the potential neighborhoods are? You may want to.

According to the third annual Environmental Hazards Housing Risk Index released on Thursday, 17.3 million single family homes and condos in the United States (or 25% of the areas analyzed) are located in areas that are at a high or very high risk for at least one of four main environmental hazards: superfunds, brownfields, polluters, and poor air quality.

ATTOM Data Solutions, a national property database, conducted the research. To establish the riskiest areas, ATTOM analyzed 8,642 U.S. ZIP codes that had "sufficient housing trend data" for the four environmental hazards. To evaluate these four hazards, ATTOM looked at data from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

From there, they established a housing risk index for each of these hazards, each category accounting for 25% of the total score. Each of the four categories had a possible maximum of 250 points and minimum of zero, meaning there was a possible total of 1,000 points. The highest overall risk index score was 455 — click ahead to find out which ZIP code received that score.

Here are the riskiest places to live in the U.S.

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32. Clovis, California — ZIP Code: 93619

Overall Risk Index: 237

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31. Kansas City, Missouri — ZIP Code: 64116

Overall Risk Index: 239

(Allan Baxter)

30. Dayton, Ohio — ZIP Code: 45404

Overall Risk Index: 241

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29. Bakersfield, California — ZIP Code: 93308

Overall Risk Index: 241

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28. Los Angeles — ZIP Code: 90006

Overall Risk Index: 242

(Kit_Leong)

27. Hanford, California — ZIP Code: 93230

Overall Risk Index: 243

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26. Orrville, Ohio — ZIP Code: 44667

Overall Risk Index: 243

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25. Lemoore, California — ZIP Code: 93245

Overall Risk Index: 245

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24. Elkhart, Indiana — ZIP Code: 46514

Overall Risk Index: 246

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23. Womelsdorf, Pennsylvania — ZIP Code: 19567

Overall Risk Index: 246

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22. Clovis, California — ZIP Code: 93612

Overall Risk Index: 246

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21. Selma, California — ZIP Code: 93662

Overall Risk Index: 255

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20. Stockton, California — ZIP Code: 95203

Overall Risk Index: 255

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19. Salt Lake City — ZIP Code: 84104

Overall Risk Index: 262

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18. Portland, Oregon — ZIP Code: 97231

Overall Risk Index: 265

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17. Kingsburg, California — ZIP Code: 93631

Overall Risk Index: 267

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16. Jacksonville, Florida — ZIP Code: 32204

Overall Risk Index: 268

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15. Turlock, California — ZIP Code: 95380

Overall Risk Index: 269

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14. Sheridan, Oregon — ZIP Code: 97378

Overall Risk Index: 272

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13. Riverside, California — ZIP Code: 92501

Overall Risk Index: 276

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12. Mather, California — ZIP Code: 95655

Overall Risk Index: 279

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11. Fresno, California — ZIP Code: 93706

Overall Risk Index: 282

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10. Tampa, Florida — ZIP Code: 33619

Overall Risk Index: 285

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9. Hamburg, Pennsylvania — ZIP Code: 19526

Overall Risk Index: 287

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8. Mira Loma, California — ZIP Code: 91752

Overall Risk Index: 291

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7. St. Louis — ZIP Code: 63133

Overall Risk Index: 291

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6. Niagara Falls, New York — ZIP Code: 14303

Overall Risk Index: 294

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5. Fresno, California — ZIP Code: 93725

Overall Risk Index: 339

(Denis Jr. Tangney)

4. Santa Fe Springs, California — ZIP Code: 90670

Overall Risk Index: 356

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3. Curtis Bay, Maryland — ZIP Code: 21226

Overall Risk Index: 380

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2. San Bernardino, California — ZIP Code: 92408

Overall Risk Index: 400

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1. Denver — ZIP Code: 80216

Overall Risk Index: 455

(arinahabich)

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You can find the full list of the riskiest places to live in America over at Credit.com.

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