Where to Run When the Zombies Come

Residents of Houston are safest in this ranking
By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 7, 2023 1:35 PM CDT
Best, Worst Cities for Zombie Apocalypse
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Another Walking Dead spinoff debuts on AMC this week, notes Yahoo Entertainment. Which, of course, prompted the company Lawn Love to ponder which cities would best be able to fend off a zombie apocalypse. Among the factors: proximity to military bases, gun stores, supermarkets (to stock up on supplies), helipads, or bodies of water for escape. Basements are also helpful, as is having a good share of healthy, mobile citizens. The upshot is that if the zombies rise up, head for Houston and steer clear of Miramar, Florida, which ranked dead last (undead last?) in the list of 200 US cities.

Best cities for surviving zombie apocalypse

  1. Houston, Texas, 66.14
  2. New York City, 62.39
  3. San Antonio, Texas, 57.47
  4. Miami, 55.45
  5. Los Angeles, 55.25
  6. Austin, Texas, 51.92
  7. San Diego, California, 51.33
  8. Las Vegas, 51.28
  9. Chicago, 49.50
  10. Orlando, Florida, 48.96

Worst cities for surviving zombie apocalypse

  1. West Valley City, Utah, 23.71
  2. Garden Grove, California, 23.57
  3. Port St. Lucie, Florida, 23.38
  4. Detroit, Michigan, 23.37
  5. Surprise, Arizona, 21.28
  6. Pembroke Pines, Florida, 20.99
  7. Paterson, New Jersey, 19.93
  8. North Las Vegas, Nevada, 19.57
  9. Jackson, Mississippi, 19.48
  10. Miramar, Florida, 19.34
See the full rankings. Why Houston as tops? It has "the most hunting gear stores, 18, and weapons and ammunitions stores, 60," says the report. "Houston also claims the most airports and helipads and has Gulf Coast access via port and marinas to escape the living dead." (Or check out other lists.)

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