Forbes.com just published a list of the U.S. cities that are most and least prepared to deal with a catastrophic natural or man-made disaster, as compiled by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s “Cities Readiness Initiative” (CRI). The local emergency management plans, protocols and capabilities of 72 metropolitan areas were analyzed and a score from zero to 100 was assigned.

According to the study, Albuquerque, New Mexico is the worst place to be in a large-scale disaster with a score of 50.6. By contrast, New York City was deemed most prepared with a high score of 99.6. But the Forbes list fails to take into account population density, which is arguably an important factor in any disaster situation, and certainly essential in evaluating zombie survivability.

For all that we don’t know about what the coming zombie plague will actually be like,  a key ingredient in the spreading of the sickness is the availability of people to infect. Without people there can be no zombies. So densely populated groups of people are a recipe for utter disaster when the dead rise. With that in mind, we see that New York City is the fourth most crowded city in the United States, while Albuquerque doesn’t even make the top twenty-five.

When flesh-crazed ghouls roam to streets hunting innocent victims and endlessly adding to their ranks, would you prefer to be in a place with a world-class hospital system and a tightly-packed citizenship, or a place with very few people per square mile and large expanses of desert landscape in every direction? Hint: If you picked the hospitals and crowds you’re dead meat.

Check out the complete Forbes list HERE.


  1. i live in a small town in jersey so i am set

  2. This list is immediately disqualified with the addition of Orlando as disaster-proof. Hello, hurricanes anyone? Plus, really, the West is all but ignored except to mention that our cities are poorly prepped for disasters. If anything, the list shows where not to be when the zombie shit goes down.

    Tucson, AZ is high enough to survive a tsunami if it were to go 400 miles inland, is not at risk for hurricanes, earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, blizzards… A large cell bank is here precisely due to the lack of natural disasters. There is plenty of sun here for solar energy, which you never have to shovel, and humidity is minimal except for the two monsoon months.

    If prevention is better than the cure, then the sparsely populated Western areas are so the way to go. I’ll deal with my 5 or 10 zombies with one of my AZ legal high-capacity handgun clips, TYVM.
    It is populated, but nothing like Phoenix. You can be out of zombie harm range in 20 minutes. Plus, it’s Arizona, where concealed carry firearms are only prohibited by signs.

    • NIIIICE! You forgot to mention the outstanding sunsets in September! I am in total agreement here, I have lived a little bit of everywhere including several cities mentioned in the CDC article. When the fit hits the shan I am heading my happy butt back to Tucson ASAP.

  3. I always talk about how I will stay in Wyoming! I am hours away from bigger places (by WY standards) and the town I am in only has 3,000 people. I am right off the mountain range where I can hunt for food, and live 1 block away from the hospital so medical supplies should be easy to obtain.

    • sounds like you’re set Brandi. Me? I’m screwed. Not extremely population dense here in SD, but I own exactly no useful weapons.

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