Experts have long known that population density is a major factor in evaluating a person’s risk of falling victim to crime, disease, and man-made disasters, but it is also the leading indicator of zombie survivability. But more than half of the world’s population lives in cities, and the percentage continues to increase.
According to the Population Reference Bureau, before 2000 there were only three urban areas in the world with a population of more than 10 million: Mexico City, New York, and Tokyo. As of 2010, at least thirteen additional cities have reached that size, and in the next ten years, the number of megacities worldwide is expected to double. Add to that another 381 metro areas with a population greater than 1 million, and it’s easy to see that the global community is crowding dangerously together.
So where should you go if you’re caught outside in an urban environment with zombies roaming the streets? Find the spot with the lowest population density in any city: the cemetery. Others will instinctively run to parks, transit stations, or other large public spaces, but where people go zombies go. Nobody ever thinks to head to the cemetery, in good times or bad. And you want to be as close to nobody as humanly possible.
An important point to add is that contrary to popular belief, zombies don’t rise from graves. It’s simply not possible. If you were buried inside a covered box under six feet of dirt, you would not be able to claw your way out no matter how much time you had on your hands. Zombies, being similar to humans in physical ability, are in the same boat. Not to mention the issues of advanced decay over time.
See you at the cemetery!