As we know, the best way to survive a zombie apocalypse is to ... wait, I don’t actually know. But CareerBuilder, using data from data journalist Mary Lorenz, says the best place to survive would have good defenses and low population density. And the best place to hole up and ride out an attack of neurovores would be the city of Boston.
According to Nerdist, "Using data from Economic Modeling Specialists Intl. (EMSI), CareerBuilder has completed a surprisingly thorough analysis of which 53 US cities with populations over 1 million would most likely survive a zombie outbreak and why. Cities were ranked based on eight factors within four categories: ability to defend against a zombie virus, ability to contain that virus, ability to find a cure, and ability to outlast the epidemic with an ample food supply."
It takes more than guns and grim determination to survive zombies—although good defenses (a large police and military presence) are needed. But it also takes a biotechnology and medical research to find a cure. And Boston, a university town, has researchers in spades.
Not only that, but engineers and construction workers are needed to shore up the city’s defenses—such as the late architect Reg Monroe did with Alexandria on The Walking Dead. Boston scores high as well, plus it has a decent food and water supply, so its citizens can survive a protracted siege.
Other cities that would likely survive the zombie apocalypse are Salt Lake City, Utah; Columbus, Ohio; Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, Md.; and the metropolitan area of Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport New, Va.-N.C.
And the least likely to survive? My hometown of New York City. Although we have good defenses, our population density makes this a happy hunting ground for the breath-impaired.
You can see the results yourself here. But if you live in New York City, you’d better click fast. It seems our days are numbered.