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2. MARSHALL ISLANDS The good news is that the Marshall Islands have declared fewer than 10 major disasters in the past five decades, most recently during a tropical storm in 2008. The bad news? The islands were a nuclear test site in the decade before that, and residual radioactivity remains on islands including the Bikini Atoll, where locals mark each March 2 as Nuclear Victims Day. That said, life on Majuro Atoll -- home of the nation's capital -- tends to be both disaster-free and hopping, though most expats tend to live near the Ronald Reagan Ballistic Missile Defense Test Site on Kwajalein Atoll. Real estate can be hard to find without visiting first, so disaster dodgers should stay a few nights at the $135 to $239 Marshall Islands Resort in Majuro while house hunting.

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