50 States and DC ranked by Zombie Apocalypse survivability

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33. Mississippi

Mississippi is one of those sweet spot states that has a little bit of everything. Between the Mississippi River to the west and the Gulf of Mexico to the east, there will always be access to fishing so you’re not going to go hungry there. Half the state is covered in trees, which means hunting will also be a great food source.

The state isn’t heavily populated, with the heaviest concentration of people in the cities. However, there are lots of people already living in the rural areas and they’ll be ready to defend themselves when the zombies arrive, so be sure to watch your back when you’re in the middle of nowhere.

Between Biloxi and Vicksburg you’ll find several museums, including the Biloxi Lighthouse and Maritime Museum and the Civil War History Museum in Vicksburg. Once again, there will be useful supplies in both places the buildings themselves would make fantastic shelters.

While the weather in Mississippi tends to be temperate most of the year, hurricane season can be rough so finding a fortified shelter is important. Given that Mississippi is also primarily made up of lowlands, and with proximity to so many rivers, flooding is a constant threat. A good shelter will be located away from riverbanks because there won’t be a lot of time should the banks run over, and we have to assume that levees will fail early on during the apocalypse without maintenance.