Real-Life ‘Walking Dead’ Zombie Apocalypse? New York And Los Angeles Wouldn’t Survive: See The Full List Of Cities

A recent study revealed that New York and Los Angeles made the list of worst cities to be in should a real-life Walking Dead-like zombie apocalypse occur. Where is your city on the list?

The study was conducted by CareerBuilder and compiled the labor market data from the largest metropolitan areas (cities with more than 1 million residents) and looked at the chances of survival based on defense, containment, cure, and food factors. The 53 cities were scored based on those four areas and the totals were tallied and put in order to generate a list of cities most (and least) likely to survive a Walking Dead-like zombie apocalypse.

People dress up as zombies for a zombie apocalypse themed walk in Berlin.
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Even though it’s hard to say what would happen should Walking Dead become a real life scenario, the study combined real-life science to an imaginary scenario that some people believe will eventually come true. Those that believe that the zombie apocalypse may become a reality one day can move to the cities that have the most chance of survival. Some of the most popular cities made the list of least likely to survive, which may surprise some residents.

You have the best chance of surviving a Walking Dead zombie apocalypse if you are in these 10 cities:

1. Boston, Massachusetts
2. Kansas City, Missouri
3. Salt Lake City, Utah
4. Baltimore, Maryland
5. San Diego, California
6. Seattle, Washington
7. Denver, Colorado
8. Virginia Beach, Virginia
9. Hartford, Connecticut
10. Minneapolis, Minnesota

And, unfortunately, you will likely not survive a zombie apocalypse if you are in these 10 cities:

1. Detroit, Michigan
2. Chicago, Illinois
3. Tucson, Arizona
4. Buffalo, New York
5. Atlanta, Georgia
6. Miami, Florida
7. Riverside, California
8. Los Angeles, California
9. Tampa, Florida
10. New York City, New York

Close up of man dressed as zombie for zombie apocalypse record.
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Just for fun, Buzzfeed put together this quiz to help you determine if you’d survive a Walking Dead zombie apocalypse. Click to watch the video and answer the questions to see what would happen to you. You might be surprised by the results.

And if you think that a zombie apocalypse would never, ever happen and that the Walking Dead is just for fun, take a look at this video that reasons how a normal human could be transformed into a brain-eating zombie.

If your city didn’t make the top 10, meaning you’d be most likely to survive, or the bottom 10, meaning you have no chance — maybe it made the middle of the list? These 10 cities fell right in the middle, meaning your chance of survival is up in the air.

25. Birmingham, Alabama
26. Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
27. St. Louis, Missouri
28. Houston, Texas
29. New Orleans, Louisiana
30. Phoenix, Arizona
31. Charlotte, North Carolina
32. Las Vegas, Nevada
33. Columbus, Ohio
34. Providence, Rhode Island
35. Austin, Texas

If you are among those that truly believe The Walking Dead could happen to you, you’re going to want to be prepared. Thankfully, there are plenty of resources out there that others have put together to help you determine how you’d survive a real zombie apocalypse. This video looks at the places you could hide in your city to help increase your chance of survival.


And this video is considered the epic guide to surviving the zombie apocalypse and includes what you need in a survival kit and some solid survival tips for a Walking Dead-like zombie apocalypse or really any disaster that would cause you to leave the house and fend for yourself. Video has some language NSFW.

Based on watching The Walking Dead, do you think these are good suggestions? If you believe that zombies could really happen, are you likely to remember these places when you’re in a full-on panic?

The fact is that a real life Walking Dead zombie apocalypse happening doesn’t feel possible to most people, and to others it just seems like one of those “of course it could happen” things. We actually won’t know if it’s possible until it actually happens, and then it’d be too late. Until then, we have speculation and scientific studies, such as this one that was done by CareerBuilder that gives us plenty of material for discussion and even preparation.

What do you think of this list of cities’ survival chances if the Walking Dead came to life? Would you try your best to get to Boston, which is the safest city, according to this list, or would you bunker down and get ready to fight? Sound off in the comments below what you think of this study and how you’d survive a zombie apocalypse.

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