NEW YORK — If you’re a New Yorker, your fear of the undead may be legitimate after all.
A CareerBuilder study found that New York City is the largest metropolitan area that would most likely not survive a zombie apocalypse due to a number of factors like skills, population density, food supply and industry resources.
New York City was placed in the bottom 10 of all major U.S. cities due to a lack of preparation and survival skills key for fighting off an invasion of the undead. The survey found that New York City residents would not be able to defend themselves against zombies due to a perfect storm of a lack of weapons, a high population density and in this case, a lack of non-perishable foods that could sustain the population through an outbreak.
CareerBuilder looked at factors like percentages of population in the military and protective service jobs and numbers of small arms held by residents to determine a city’s ability to put up a defense against zombies. Virginia Beach, Virginia came in first place due to a large naval presence.
Denver, Colorado came in first place for their perceived ability to contain the virus which makes the undead come to life. Their population’s engineering and construction skills, along with low population density, would be a sure defense against the zombie virus spreading.
Grand Rapids, Michigan gets first place when it comes to available food supply to outlast a zombie outbreak. CareerBuilder looked at cities based on non-perishable food exports and imports. Grand Rapids takes first place in this category because of the high concentration of food manufacturing facilities in the city.
Boston, Massachusetts is most likely to cure the flesh-eating virus that animates corpses. A high number of residents with medical expertise and training, approximately 24,000 biological and medical scientists and professionals, means Boston would most likely find a cure.