NEWS: 10 Best States for Surviving the Zombie Apocalypse

If the dozens of zombie TV shows and movies over the last decade are any indication, then any minute now we’re going to be hit with the Zombie Apocalypse. Are you ready? Your best chances to remain alive and un-undead may depend on whether you live in one of the 10 best states for surviving a zombie apocalypse . . . and also on how much ramen and Twinkies you’ve stockpiled. The super scientific website has compiled a list of these 10 best states (and also named some of the worst) where you can hope to ride out the rise of the zombies. Did your home state make the cut? Check out the findings, as originally reported in the following article from Mental Floss:

The 10 Best States for Surviving a Zombie Apocalypse

As pop culture suggests, the zombie apocalypse might not be far off. The recent emergence of a living dead-like disease among deer has led some scientists to wonder whether it could spread to humans through infected meat. (It may be possible, but it's unlikely.)

Though you'll probably want to wait a while before you start battening down the hatches or brandishing any barbed-wire bats, it wouldn’t hurt to keep the best places to survive the zombie-pocalypse in the back of your head. helpfully listed the best states to seek refuge if and when doomsday should occur. They designated each U.S. state as one, two, three, and four, with one being the safest and four being areas with the lowest likelihood of survival.

To tabulate these results, the crew at aggregated data based on each state’s agriculture, weapon ownership, solar energy, and climate. Unfortunately, residents in the northeast didn’t fare too well: Maine, Vermont, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island, and New Jersey were all hit with zone four statuses. However, these states give you a better chance than Nevada, which came in dead last of the 50.

Should you find yourself on the beaches of California, you have little to worry about, zombie-wise: The Golden State was deemed the safest haven in all of Zombie America, thanks to its gorgeous weather and implementation of solar power. Midwesterners, too, can breathe easy, as the majority of them fell into zones one and two. points out that the four aforementioned indicators aren’t the only factors crucial to survival. The site mentions that finding areas hosting slowly decomposing food may prove useful for survivors in need of sustenance. The two best dystopian snacks to choose? Twinkies and ramen.

Health consciousness is a privilege of a zombie-less world, but when you’re running from the undead, being a picky eater isn’t an easy option. Sneak over to Kansas, Georgia, or Indiana, where Hostess’s three Twinkie bakeries reside, and stock up..

Are those Midwestern states too far away? Don’t fret: New Jersey and Kentucky have the longest-lasting supply of ramen.

For the best chance of survival, these 10 states are your safest bets:

  1. California

  2. Iowa

  3. Nebraska

  4. Minnesota

  5. Illinois

  6. Kansas

  7. North Carolina

  8. Wisconsin

  9. Indiana

  10. Washington

Good luck out there!

The overachieving state of Washington was also recently included on Travel Channel’s list of the Best 8 States to See Bigfoot and on the list of states with the Top 5 UFO Sightings Per Capita. What kind of paranormal juice are you putting in the water up there, WA?

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