Tuesday, April 1, 2014

What States Will Survive The Zombie Apocalypse - And Should You Move?

Courtesy Estately
You all know that phrase, "Location, location, location" right? Well it doesn't just apply to real estate, it applies to the zombie apocalypse as well. Over at Estately, they determined just which states would fare the best and the worst should the zombies come shambling up our street.

Over at their blog site, Estately ranked each state by determining their zombie preparedness and came up with, "U.S. States Most And Least Likely To Survive The Zombie Apocalypse." How did they figure this out? With the following 11 metrics (taken directly from the blog):

1. Active Military Personnel: States with more soldiers per capita means states with more people who are physically fit, trained to fight, and have access to weapons (source).
2. Military Veterans: Percentage of veterans per capita is a solid way of measuring fighting experience (source).
3. Physically Active: States with residents who rarely get out of their Laz-E-Boy will not escape the zombie menace (source).
4. Martial Arts Enthusiasts: Hand-to-hand combat is an important skill when the ammo runs out (source—percentage of Facebook users who listed “martial arts” as an interest).
5. People with Survival Skills: In the long run, knowing how to survive without modern conveniences in a collapsed society will be critical (source—percentage of Facebook users who listed “survival skills” as an interest).
6. People with Knowledge of Zombies: To know your enemy you must know their ways (source—percentage of Facebook users who listed “zombies, Resident Evil, Zombieland, and The Walking Dead” as interests).
7. Laser Tag Enthusiasts: Yes, laser tag. Few things prepare you for a zombie attack in enclosed space (source—percentage of Facebook users who listed “laser tag” as an interest).
8. People with Guns: Shooting a zombie in the head is really the best way to defeat a zombie, and to do that you need a gun (source).
9. Obesity: The obesity epidemic will yield to the zombie epidemic because the obese will struggle with running away from zombies. It’s really very simple (source).
10. Paintball Enthusiasts: Those who can slink around the woods unnoticed while splattering their enemies with paint will find success shooting zombies in nature (source—percentage of Facebook users who listed “paintball” as an interest).
11. Triathletes: When everything breaks down, running, swimming, and bicycling will be ideal ways to escape zombies (source—percentage of Facebook users who listed ”Ironman triathlon” as an interest).

Alaska ranked as the state where residents are most likely to kick zombie ass. Here's why, "In a state where residents run from bears and moose, they will not be scared of slow-moving corpses. Alaska is packed with military personnel and veterans, and they’re only a fraction of the well-armed Alaskans prepared to shoot zombies from a moving snowmobile." Wyoming, Colorado, Idaho and New Mexico also were desirable states if your desire if to survive.

The worst place to live in the zombpoc? New Jersey. Followed by Mississippi, Washington D.C., New York, Georgia and Connecticut. Really? NYC wouldn't do well? It's because of, "...limited enthusiasm for survival skills, and scarcity of firearms." Check out the complete list and of course, head over to the blog to see what they said about your state. Will you need to start packing? It looks like I'll need to.

-Larissa Mrykalo