50 States and DC ranked by Zombie Apocalypse survivability

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Norman Reedus as Daryl Dixon, Danai Gurira as Michonne – The Walking Dead _ Season 8, Episode 12 – Photo Credit: Gene Page/AMC /

Do you think your state is prepared for the zombie apocalypse? Check out our ranking and find out for sure.

The threat of a real-life zombie apocalypse is more than fiction in some circles, but even if you don’t believe it could happen it pays to be prepared anyway. You may not believe it or you may not WANT to believe it, but it’s always possible. If you’re not ready for it, you may as well begin writing up your final will and testament now because you’re destined to be a three-course zombie feast.

There’s never too much that you can do to prepare, but do you know if you’re in the right surroundings for when it hits the fan? After all, the atmosphere and environment are very important in these kinds of situations. You want to be in a state that has ample natural resources, places to hide, and plenty of defensible spaces where you can start to rebuild a new life when things calm down.

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To ensure you and your loved ones are in the right location for when the zombies do rise from their slumber, we’ve put together this list of all 50 states – in addition to the U.S. Capitol – ranked in terms of zombie apocalypse survivability. Feel free to let us know great locations to hide in your state in the comments and let us know what we might have missed.

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Melissa McBride as Carol Peletier – The Walking Dead _ Season 9, Episode 13 – Photo Credit: Jace Downs/AMC /

51. Rhode Island

Rhode Island is both the best and worst place to be stuck in a zombie apocalypse. On the one hand, for anyone who saw the zombie apocalypse coming and has supplies on hand, having a space that is mostly surrounded by water and is easily defensible would be a huge advantage.

However, if you are vacationing in Rhode Island and find yourself on your own, it’s not going to be easy. Supplies will be limited and getting to the mainland will be a challenge. If there is a herd of zombies to fight off, you don’t have many places to hide, and hopefully you won’t find yourself being chased toward the beach. Keep in mind that when the outbreak starts you won’t be alone, so you’ll have to find a place to hide where you can collect supplies and hole up until it’s safe to go outside.

For the sake of transparency, it would be unfair to leave out the fact Rhode Island is doing some pioneering work regarding sustainability via wind power. While other states will be in trouble regarding massive blackouts, the Ocean State has a very reliable power source that could make it a great place to rebuild a community.