Study: Denver ranks in top 10 U.S. cities likely to survive zombie apocalypse

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DENVER — We can think of lots of reasons Denver is a great place to be, but here’s one that didn’t occur to us: It’s got just about everything we need to survive a zombie apocalypse.

A study by CareerBuilders looked at the concentration of occupational skills and industries in the 53 largest metropolitan areas in the U.S. to gauge potential survival rates.

“A standard, flesh-eating virus transmitted via biting or contact with infected blood is assumed,” the CareerBuilder website said.

Researchers scored each area on eight factors in four categories: Ability to defend against the virus, ability to contain the virus, ability to find a cure and ability to outlast the epidemic with an ample food supply, according to CareerBuilder.

Denver was ranked No. 7 and earned the highest score of any metro area for ability to contain the virus (20.03.)  New York came in dead (or undead?) last in the rankings, with a score of -10.08 in the containment category.

Top 10 cities:

  • Boston
  • Kansas City, Mo.
  • Salt Lake City
  • Baltimore
  • San Diego
  • Seattle
  • Denver
  • Virginia Beach, Va.
  • Hartford, Conn.
  • Minneapolis

Worst cities:

  • New York City
  • Tampa, Fla.
  • Los Angeles
  • Riverside, Calif.
  • Miami
  • Atlanta
  • Buffalo, N.Y.
  • Tucson, Ariz.
  • Chicago
  • Detroit
  • Jacksonville, Fla.

CareerBuilder called the zombie apocalypse survival study “totally practical and 100 percent feasible” and cited a separate and “equally practical” study that found 36 percent of workers said, if they were a zombie, they would feast on their co-workers.


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