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Could Your City Survive a Zombie Apocalypse? CareerBuilder and EMSI Reveal the Metros Most and Least Likely to Withstand the Walking Dead
- Interactive map shows U.S. metros' chances of survival, based on occupational skill set and industry resources
- Boston, MA found to be the city most likely to survive a zombie apocalypse; New York is the least likely
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CHICAGO, Oct. 29, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Halloween is the time of year when we challenge ourselves to confront our deepest, darkest fears – whether that means visiting haunted houses, eating candy from strangers, or ordering your Pizza Rat costume at the last minute without a guaranteed delivery date.

Getting in the spirit of the holiday, CareerBuilder dared to ask the question many in pop culture have asked recently: "What would happen if there was a zombie apocalypse?" In answer to this question, CareerBuilder and EMSI have released the Zombie Apocalypse Index, a totally necessary and 100 percent practical survey of the largest U.S. metropolitan areas most equipped to survive an actual night (or day) of the living dead.

Click to view the full Zombie Apocalypse Index interactive map.

The research is comprised of a weighted index ranking the 53 largest U.S. metropolitan areas (with more than 1 million residents) based on their occupational skills and industry characteristics. A standard, flesh-eating virus transmitted via biting or contact with infected blood is assumed. The index is scored on eight different 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. The study is based on data from Economic Modeling Specialists Intl. (EMSI), which analyzes labor market data from more than 90 national, state and local employment resources.

The 10 Metros Most Likely to Survive a Zombie Apocalypse
Perhaps a history fighting for freedom gave it the edge, but thanks to the right skills, population density and industry resources, Boston, MA has the highest chance of surviving a zombie apocalypse, according to CareerBuilder's findings. Salt Lake City, Columbus, Baltimore and Virginia Beach are also well-positioned to win World War Z.  

MSA

Defense Score

Containment Score

Cure Score

Food Score

Total Score

Final Rank

Boston, MA

11.52

9.58

20

2.88

43.99

1

Salt Lake City, UT

7.95

18.9

9.2

3.45

39.49

2

Columbus, OH

8.28

6.24

5.50

19.28

39.31

3

Baltimore, MD

17.34

8.5

11.35

2.10

39.29

4

Virginia Beach, VA

22.72

11.04

3.29

1.50

38.55

5

Seattle, WA

8.39

18.32

9.39

1.39

37.49

6

San Diego, CA

14.2

9.33

12.20

1.23

36.96

7

Kansas City, MO

14.87

11.63

4.41

4.12

35.03

8

Denver, CO

6.05

19.47

6.00

3.15

34.66

9

Indianapolis, IN

8.98

8.76

11.59

4.57

33.91

10

The 10 Metros Least Likely to Survive a Zombie Apocalypse

Although it may have survived an alien invasion in the movie Independence Day, New York City was found to be least equipped to survive an undead infiltration, ranking at the bottom of the list at 53. Things aren't looking so good for Tampa, Los Angeles, Riverside-San Bernardino and Chicago, either.

MSA

Defense Score

Containment Score

Cure Score

Food Score

Total Score

Final Rank

New York, NY

11.6

-11.17

3.75

1.47

5.64

53

Tampa, FL

4.73

2.49

2.66

1.15

11.03

52

Los Angeles, CA

6.73

0.51

4.32

1.42

12.98

51

Riverside-San Bernardino, CA

4.23

3.4

0.03

5.67

13.34

50

Chicago, IL

9.15

1.3

1.24

4.69

16.38

49

Miami, FL

12.46

0.59

1.66

2.07

16.78

48

Jacksonville, FL

9.61

5.1

1.57

0.92

17.21

47

Milwaukee, WI

5.19

6.44

4.07

2.62

18.31

46

Providence, RI

7.76

3.72

4.05

3.72

19.24

45

Las Vegas, NV

14.83

3.29

0.18

1.11

19.41

44

For each of the four categories measured in the study, certain cities rose to the occasion more than others.

Category 1: Fighting the Good Fight – Ability to Defend Against the Virus
To calculate which metros are best equipped to defend themselves against a zombie ambush, CareerBuilder looked at the percentage of each metro's population in the military, the percentage of each metro's population in protective services occupations (e.g. law enforcement, firefighting and security); and, to figure out the availability of small arms, the percentage of total exports coming from each metro's small arms manufacturing industries. The results suggest that Virginia Beach-Norfolk is best prepared to defend itself from a mass zombie attack, thanks to a major naval presence.

Five Cities Best Equipped for Defense

Five Cities Worst Equipped for Defense

1.Virgina Beach, VA

53. Grand Rapids, MI

2. Atlanta, GA

52. Detroit, MI

3. Baltimore, MD

51. Portland, OR

4. Washington, D.C.

50. Riverside-San Bernardino, CA

5. Kansas City, MO

49. Cincinnati, OH

Category 2: Keeping Zombies Out - Ability to Contain the Virus
To calculate which metros are best equipped to keep zombies out, CareerBuilder assessed each metro's engineering prowess (looking at the percentage of each metro's population in the civil, electrical, environmental, materials, mechanical, nuclear and engineering technician occupations); construction skills (looking at the percentage of each metro's population in construction); and population density. (Why population density? The higher a metro's population density, the faster its contamination rates, and the less time to organize and find a cure.) The results suggest that Denver is best prepared to fend off a zombie purge.

Five Cities Best Equipped for Containment

Five Cities Worst Equipped for Containment

1. Denver, CO

53. New York, NY

2. Houston, TX

52. Los Angeles, CA

3. Salt Lake City, UT

51. Miami, FL

4. Seattle, WA

50. Chicago, IL

5. Detroit, MI

49. Philadelphia, PA

Category 3: Race for the Cure – Ability to Cure the Virus
To calculate which metros are best equipped to find a cure for infection, CareerBuilder scored metros based on their biomedical research and development. They did this by looking at the percentage of each metro's population in the correlating industries. The results suggest that, with its 24,000 biological and medical scientists and professionals, Boston is most likely to develop a cure for the common zombie infection.

Five Cities Most Likely to Find a Cure

Five Cities Least Likely to Find a Cure

1.Boston, MA

53. Charlotte, NC

2. San Francisco, CA

52. Riverside-San Bernardino, CA

3. San Diego, CA

51. Las Vegas, NV

4. Indianapolis, IN

50. Chicago, IL

5. Baltimore, MD

49. Atlanta, GA

Category 4: Counting Calories – Ability to Outlast the Virus with a Good Food Supply
To calculate which metros have the highest supply of food to outlast an impending invasion, CareerBuilder scored metros based on the percentage of each metro's total exports in non-perishable food manufacturing or wholesale goods industries, including rice milling, breakfast cereal manufacturing, fruit and vegetable canning, roasted nuts and peanut butter manufacturing. The results suggest that Grand Rapids, home base to some of our country's largest food manufacturers, would have the best edible resources.

Five Cities with the Highest Food Supply

Five Cities with the Lowest Food Supply

1. Grand Rapids,MI

53. Washington, D.C.

2. Columbus, OH

52. Tucson, AZ

3. Rochester, NY

51. Austin, TX

4. Memphis, TN

50. San Jose, CA

5. Buffalo, NY

49. New Orleans, LA

About EMSI
Economic Modeling Specialists Intl. (EMSI) is a CareerBuilder company that provides industry-leading employment data and economic analysis via web tools and custom reports. EMSI turns vast amounts of labor market data into easy-to-use information that helps organizations understand the connection between economies, people, and work, and ultimately build a better workforce. EMSI's web tools - Analyst and Career Coach - are used by thousands of professionals in higher education, workforce and economic development, and the private sector. EMSI has also produced more than 1,200 comprehensive impact analyses for colleges and universities in the U.S. and internationally. 

About CareerBuilder®
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