The ZRS zombie survival study compared different regions throughout the United States. Our statistical analysis included population density, climate, topography, combat readiness, military presence, public health infrastructure, and dozens of other factors to reach a baseline conclusion.
According to our calculations, the Northeast rates worst in survivability against the undead. Eight of the top ten States in terms of population density are from that region, with New Jersey leading the pack at 1,000 people per square mile. Because a newly deceased person is an active ingredient in making a zombie, it stands to reason that the fewer people around the better your chances of staying alive.
The Northeast also has extremely low gun ownership rates, with six of the least armed States coming from that area of the country. A lot of people, and not a lot of guns, equals a potential explosion in the zombie population.
So which region proves the safest?
The middle Northwest boasts low population density and high gun ownership, with Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, South Dakota and North Dakota landing in the top ten of both categories. In fact, Wyoming was rated second highest in overall survivability with just 5 people per square mile, and a gun ownership rate of almost 60%.
Alaska captured the top spot. Though it came in second in combat readiness, it boasts only 1 person per square mile. If faced with a credible zombie threat, then we like those odds.
What do you think is the best and worst U.S. State for zombie survival?