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NYC is officially the city that’s least likely to survive a zombie apocalypse

Rebecca Fontana

Get your baseball bats ready. A recent study found that New York City would be the worst metropolitan U.S. city if there were a zombie apocalypse. After seeing the swarms that form minutes after an L train is delayed, we’re not surprised at all.

Even though New Yorkers are assholes and fully capable of treating zombies the way unsolicited catcallers deserve to be treated, we do live on an island. That’s not ideal.

And that’s not all: The 53 largest U.S. cities were scored on eight factors, including defense, containment, resources for a cure and food supply. New York scored especially poorly for containment, which is based on population density. NYC actually got a negative score in that category, which makes sense considering how hard it is to find personal space here—image what’ll happen when your three Craigslist roommates turn into walkers.  

So where should you run once the outbreak hits? The highest-ranking city is Boston, with Salt Lake City and Columbus, OH, as runners up. Atlanta actually placed on the list of cities least likely to find the cure (despite being home to the CDC), so that proves how little Rick Grimes knows.

The polls are open! Vote for your favorite spots that deserve a Love New York Award.

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