Here's where you'd survive a zombie apocalypse

How to Survive a Zombie Apocalypse

It's finally here. Sirens wail in the distance, cars careen into shouting pedestrians outside as you frantically fill your bag with whatever is in close reach. It's not as if you have any sort of game plan—after all, how do you pack for a zombie apocalypse?

Movies, TV shows and books have all taken a stab at defining the undead zombie — how it is brought to life, its likes and dislikes, its habits, and if it likes brains rare or well done — and what uninfected humans need to do to survive. But there are many contradictions between these various depictions. In I Am Legend, zombies are clever and sensitive to light. In The Walking Dead series, zombies are attracted to noise and smell, walk in the daylight and can swim.

Luckily, FindTheHome sifted through all of the noise and identified the best cities to survive the impending doom of humanity. To assess the zombie-readiness of each place, they judged each city by a combination of three factors: resources, defense, and demographics. The higher the overall score, the better equipped the region is to survive.

The cities that scored highly in the resources category were those with lots of hardware stores, sources of water, grocery stores or crop farms.

When the zombie apocalypse finally grips the world as we know it, it will be a survival of the fittest. Any weakness could be your downfall. That's why FindTheHome gave bonus points to places with a high percentage of educated 20- to 44-year-olds. These places include the Mid-Atlantic and West Coast regions. Fitness and the ability to think quickly on your feet comes in handy when battling flesh-eating menaces.

When combining all these factors, you get the best places to further your chance of survival.
So when the day finally comes to pack your bags and your rifle, you'll know exactly where to go to have the best chance of keeping your life—and your brain.

Columbia Zombie Index: 91.9

Resource Score: 49.1

Defense Score: 77.6

Demographics Score: 83.6

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Here's where you'd survive a zombie apocalypse
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 09: The cast of AMC's 'The Walking Dead' takes a selfie onstage during AMC's 'The Walking Dead' season 6 fan premiere event at Madison Square Garden on October 9, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for AMC)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 09: The cast of AMC's 'The Walking Dead' onstage during AMC's 'The Walking Dead' season 6 fan premiere event at Madison Square Garden on October 9, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for AMC)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 09: The cast of AMC's 'The Walking Dead' onstage during AMC's 'The Walking Dead' season 6 fan premiere event at Madison Square Garden on October 9, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for AMC)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 09: Andrew Lincoln; Chandler Riggs and Steven Yeun attend AMC's 'The Walking Dead' Season 6 Fan Premiere Event 2015 at Madison Square Garden on October 9, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Imagesfor AMC)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 09: Danai Gurira attends AMC's 'The Walking Dead' Season 6 Fan Premiere Event 2015 at Madison Square Garden on October 9, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Imagesfor AMC)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 09: Steven Yeun attends AMC's 'The Walking Dead' Season 6 Fan Premiere Event 2015 at Madison Square Garden on October 9, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Imagesfor AMC)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 09: Actor Chandler Riggs attend AMC's 'The Walking Dead' Season 6 Fan Premiere Event 2015 at Madison Square Garden on October 9, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Imagesfor AMC)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 09: Christian Serratos attends AMC's 'The Walking Dead' Season 6 Fan Premiere Event 2015 at Madison Square Garden on October 9, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Imagesfor AMC)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 09: Andrew Lincoln attends AMC's 'The Walking Dead' Season 6 Fan Premiere Event 2015 at Madison Square Garden on October 9, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Imagesfor AMC)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 09: Actors Josh McDermitt and Michael Cudlitz attend AMC's 'The Walking Dead' Season 6 Fan Premiere Event 2015 at Madison Square Garden on October 9, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Imagesfor AMC)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 09: Melissa McBride attends AMC's 'The Walking Dead' Season 6 Fan Premiere Event 2015 at Madison Square Garden on October 9, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Imagesfor AMC)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 09: Norman Reedus attends AMC's 'The Walking Dead' Season 6 Fan Premiere Event 2015 at Madison Square Garden on October 9, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Imagesfor AMC)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 09: Lauren Cohan attends AMC's 'The Walking Dead' Season 6 Fan Premiere Event 2015 at Madison Square Garden on October 9, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Larry Busacca/Getty Images for AMC)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 09: (L-R) Steven Yeun, Sonequa Martin, Michael Cudlitz, Lauren Cohan, Christian Serratos and Alanna Masterson speak onstage at the AMC's 'The Walking Dead' Season 6 Fan Premiere Event 2015 at Madison Square Garden on October 9, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Imagesfor AMC)
NEW YORK - APRIL 29: Actor Normal Reedus attends the after party for 'Deadline' during the 8th Annual Tribeca Film Festival at 38 Howard Street on April 29, 2009 in New York City. (Photo by Steve Mack/FilmMagic) *** Local Caption ***
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