If there’s ever a zombie apocalypse, at least one ranking lists Duluth as one of the best places in the country to survive the “walking dead.”
Duluth was the sixth best city in the U.S. to survive a zombie apocalypse in the rankings released last week, ahead of Halloween, by data analysts at the real estate website realtor.com.
Lubbock, Texas, was ranked the best place to elude zombies, followed by Deltona, Fla.; San Luis Obispo, Calif.; Oklahoma City; Kalamazoo, Mich.; Duluth; Wichita, Kan.; Fort Smith, Ark.; Prescott, Ariz.; and Lynchburg, Va.
Criteria included percentage of real estate listings that featured:
- a lake, pond or well (for drinking water)
- a safe room or panic room
- a bunker or underground shelter
- solar panels or hydroelectric power
Population density was another factor in the rankings, along with percentage of health-care workers, active military personnel and federal government employees.
The realtor.com rankings considered the 200 largest U.S. metro areas, and included only one per state. In general, larger cities fared more poorly than smaller metro areas; New York was ranked the worst place to be in a zombie apocalypse, followed by Chicago.