Texas is Home to 5 of the Top 10 Tornado-Prone Counties in the U.S.


Whatever you want to call them – Cyclone, Twister, or Tornado – they’re clearly a force to be reckoned with.  And Texas has the dubious honor of holding 5 of the Top 10 most tornado prone counties in a recent study from NOAA’s National Centers for Environmental Information Storm Events database.  Compiled by weather.com, the database including each county in the U.S from 1950 to 2016 was the basis for the study.

Tornadoes may travel over multiple counties, so in this report, the dataset isn’t strictly the number of tornadoes, but rather the number of tornado segments.  A tornado tracking over three counties has three tornado segments, one per county, in the database.

With that said, keep reading to see the top 10 counties with the highest tornado segment density, per 100 residents, since 1950 to 2016. 

10. Cimarron (Oklahoma) 
Tornado segment density (per 100 residents): 2.71

Tornado segments: 67

County population (2010 census): 2,475

9. Briscoe (Texas)
Tornado segment density (per 100 residents): 2.81

Tornado segments: 46

County population (2010 census): 1,637

8. Kent (Texas)
Tornado segment density (per 100 residents): 2.846

Tornado segments: 23

County population (2010 census): 808

7. Hodgeman (Kansas)
Tornado segment density (per 100 residents): 2.853

Tornado segments: 56

County population (2010 census): 1,963

6. Banner (Nebraska)
Tornado segment density (per 100 residents): 3.82

Tornado segments: 29

County population (2010 census): 759

5. Roberts (Texas)
Tornado segment density (per 100 residents): 3.98

Tornado segments: 37

County population (2010 census): 929

4. Cheyenne (Colorado)
Tornado segment density (per 100 residents): 4.14

Tornado segments: 76

County population (2010 census): 1,836

3. Kiowa (Colorado)
Tornado segment density (per 100 residents): 6.15

Tornado segments: 86

County population (2010 census): 1,398

2. King (Texas)
Tornado segment density (per 100 residents): 6.99

Tornado segments: 20

County population (2010 census): 286

1. Loving (Texas)
Tornado segment density (per 100 residents): 7.32

Tornado segments: 6

County population (2010 census): 82

Texas County Locations

Three of the storm-prone counties in Texas are located in the Panhandle – Briscoe, Roberts, and King.  The remaining counties – Kent and Loving – are located in West Texas.  Contact us.

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