“On the other hand, being in a low-density rural location, with more abundant natural resources, and far fewer mouths to feed, will dramatically increase your chances of surviving the crisis,” he says. So we looked at a variety of criteria that could mean the difference between life, death, and the fate of the walking undead.
On the downside, Fort Leavenworth, an army base on more than 5,000 acres, is about 35 miles to the northwest. If you survive the initial blast, you’ll face a long road ahead.
After Kansas City, the best places to survive nuclear disaster are New Haven, CT, in second place, followed by Ann Arbor, MI ; Hagerstown, MD ; Springfield, MA ; Manchester, NH ; Duluth, MN ; San Luis Obispo, CA ; Crestview, FL ; and Lincoln, NE. Like most of America's largest cities, NYC would be hit with a deadly double whammy: In addition to being a primary target, it has precious few natural resources to make post-blast survival possible.
If you call one of these urban centers home, here’s something to cheer you up: Just about everyone would be screwed during a nuclear strike. But the second rule is all about the double tap: Always shoot your zombie twice in the head, just to be on the safe side.
What came out of it was that Texas Tech became a leader in creating safe rooms” to protect against future disasters, says area real estate agent Jacky Howard of Caldwell Banker. While proximity to military bases could prove fatal with nukes, it's likely a godsend in the face of the living dead.
In case of zombie apocalypse, learn from Rick Grimes, and get out of the city. It almost goes without saying, but you can’t grow a garden in a 500-square-foot apartment. And unless you purchased about 1,000 cans of Campbell's Chunky soup prior to the walkers' invasion, you're out of luck.
The lesson here is that if you live in a huge city and start seeing people take bites out of each other, it is time to run for the hills. “Equipping a home with shatter-resistant windows, security devices, and alarm systems could go a long way,” says author Duarte.
“Anything you can do to slow down a potential intruder or mindless zombie without much intelligence” would be good. With Halloween upon us, the study fittingly ranked 53 of America's largest metropolitan areas to determine which parts of the country would be best suited to weather a hypothetical zombie outbreak.
Based on factors like population density, industrial resources, skilled labor concentration and medical facilities, the “totally necessary and 100 percent practical” report ultimately determined that Bean town has “the highest chance of surviving a zombie apocalypse.” “Salt Lake City, Columbus, Baltimore and Virginia Beach are also well-positioned to win World War Z,” the release said.
In the study's hypothetical zombie outbreak scenario, a “standard, flesh-eating virus” is released into the population and is “transmitted via biting or contact with infected blood.” “Ideally, a city would have a high concentration of occupations that deal in the areas of defense, including military occupations and protective services occupations (including law enforcement, firefighting and security), along with biomedical research and development (the better for its chances of developing a cure), such as microbiologists, biomedical engineers and biotechnicians,” Mary Lorenz, corporate communications' manager at CareerBuilder.com, tells U.S. News in an email.
“Engineering prowess and construction trade skills are also crucial to help build reinforcements that keep the zombies out.” Boston ranked at the top of the pack in terms of cure development, thanks to its high concentration of “biological and medical scientists and professionals,” the release said.
“While all factors did carry relatively equal weight, population density seemed to take one of the biggest tolls on a city's chances of survival,” Lorenz says. Residents of cities at the bottom of the list might want to think about brushing up on their survival skills or binge-watching zombie movies over Halloween weekend to get up to speed.
Boston Salt Lake City Columbus Baltimore Virginia Beach, Virginia Seattle San Diego Kansas City, Missouri Denver Indianapolis Washington, D.C. Grand Rapids, Michigan Sacramento, California Richmond, Virginia Houston Birmingham, Alabama Pittsburgh Atlanta San Jose, California Hartford, Connecticut Memphis, Tennessee San Francisco Raleigh, North Carolina Portland, Oregon Buffalo, New York Minneapolis Orlando, Florida Oklahoma City Louisville, Kentucky San Antonio New Orleans Dallas Nashville, Tennessee Rochester, New York St. Louis Charlotte, North Carolina Cincinnati Austin, Texas Phoenix Cleveland Detroit Tucson, Arizona Philadelphia Las Vegas Providence, Rhode Island Milwaukee Jacksonville, Florida Miami Chicago Riverside-San Bernardino, California Los Angeles Tampa, Florida New York City They ranked cities on some essential elements of zombie apocalypse survival: Fighting off the shambling hordes, containing the infected, researching a cure for the virus, and stockpiling enough food to outlast the apocalypse.
The result is the Zombie Apocalypse Index, which CareerBuilder calls “a totally necessary and 100 percent practical survey of the largest U.S. metropolitan areas most equipped to survive an actual night (or day) of the living dead.” If you want to live in a community that’s prepared for the inevitable zombie pandemic, you might want to look for a place where a high percentage of the population works in the military or in occupations like law enforcement, security, or public safety.
MSI factored in the availability of weapons, based on how much of each city’s total exports consisted of small arms manufacturing. So, if kicking some undead butt is your preferred zombie apocalypse survival strategy, the Virginia Beach/Norfolk area is the city for you, mostly thanks to its huge U.S. Navy presence.
On the other hand, Grand Rapids, Michigan is probably going to be overrun with the living dead in a matter of hours, according to MSI. So it looks like the East Coast will hold the line against the zombie hordes, but Michigan could be in some serious trouble.
If you’re out of ammunition or couldn’t hit the broadside of a barn anyway, you can always bar the door and hope your barricade lasts long enough to help to arrive. Or, if you’re in a city with enough engineers and construction crews, you can just build a big, sturdy wall to keep the infected under quarantine.
MSI assigned each city a “containment” score based on how much of its population worked in engineering or construction occupations. So if you’re too squeamish to shoot the zombies, and you’d rather just huddle behind a nice, safe wall, you should head straight to Denver at the first sign out of an outbreak.
Surprisingly, New York probably won’t be able to muster even a flimsy quarantine fence, with its containment score at the very bottom of the list. Los Angeles, Miami, Chicago, and Philadelphia also fared poorly on containment, so if you live in these cities, it’s probably time to start coming up with a backup plan.
The nation’s capital scored the lowest on food stockpiling, followed by Tucson, Austin, San Jose, and New Orleans, so things are looking pretty lean out West, too. Since it looks like some people will be starving while others fight a losing battle to hold out against the growing masses of the walking dead, a cure for the zombie virus might be humanity’s only hope.
Many people wonder where the safest place to retreat it should a major disaster hit, an economic collapse occur, or the power grid go down for an extended period of time. In truth, there is no singular “safe place” where you are guaranteed to survive no matter what, but there are certain factors that make some regions safer than others.
Protected gun rights A low crime rate Lower cost of living/housing Low property taxes Away from nuclear/chemical power plants and military bases Away from major cities that could be potential enemy targets We’ll start out with what we feel might be the safest region in the entire United States: the Idaho panhandle/western Montana.
The majestic mountains of northern Idaho and western Montana are rich in wildlife, edible plants, rivers and lakes. If you ever needed to find a retreat location in the wilderness, it’s perfectly possible to sustain yourself on natural resources here.
In comparison to other states and regions, the crime rate is also low and in the event of a long-term disaster, the economy could rebuild due to a thriving logging industry, silver mines in the mountains, and a great quantity of successful farmer’s markets. Both North and South Dakota apply here, but we recommend the western halves of both states rather than the eastern sides (we’ll get to why in a bit).
Most notably, it’s as far as possible as you can get from both coastlines, which many disaster experts feel are dangerous hotspots due to their thick population densities, risks of hurricanes, and major cities that could be nuclear targets. But there is still one negative factor that makes this general area a slight concern, and you’ve probably guessed it: tornados.
But a slightly lesser risk of tornadoes isn’t the only reason why the western Dakotas are the most recommended area in the Midwest to outlast a disaster. Home/real estate prices in both states are extremely low, and North Dakota has actually depopulated in recent years.
Southern Arizona is noted for its vast and arid desert that is among the hottest and driest locations in the US. Water is a huge concern in any disaster situation, and it’s simply difficult to find enough of it in southern Arizona (or any desert region in the US for that matter).
And as gun friendly as the state of Arizona is, many disaster experts do not recommend that you live so close to the unstable border even if you do decide you can tough out the desert. Fortunately, it’s a completely different story in the northern part of Arizona that is marked by sprawling pine forests and tall mountains that sometimes look like they should belong in the Northwest.
The temperatures here are much more moderate and forgiving than in the southern half, the population is much less dense (there’s no Phoenix in the northern half), and there are plenty of good ranch and farming sites for you to raise your own livestock and crops in addition to suitable retreat areas. The only natural disaster that really threatens you would be winter storms; the effect of hurricanes will hit the coasts rather than farther north.
The biggest concern that disaster experts have with the area is its proximity to urban hubs like New York and Boston. But some places are better than others, and if you have no choice but to live in the Northeast in a disaster, northern New Hampshire/western Maine will be your safest bet.
Perhaps your safest place east of the Mississippi will be eastern Kentucky, and specifically around the Appalachian Mountains. Eastern Tennessee is another retreat options, but there are some nuclear sites there that you would be wise stay away from.
Eastern Kentucky and the Appalachian Mountains offer prime retreat locations for you to get away from a disaster. In the early days of American history, the Appalachian Mountains were a barrier that prevented our ancestors from moving westward for many years.