50 States and DC ranked by Zombie Apocalypse survivability

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48. Iowa

Iowa might not sound like a great place to be in an apocalypse, but it’s actually not a bad option. You know you’ll have the ability to plant crops, including corn, and the state is bordered by two mighty rivers, the Missouri and the Mississippi, so you’ve got some options.

On the down side, you might not have access to a lot of canned foods or supplies if you start your apocalypse adventure on a country road away from the big cities. This will be problematic, so you’d best find a house and try to venture out when possible to gather supplies.

On the other hand, the ability to grow corn means that in time you can make your own fuel, which means you might have your own operating car when everyone else is on foot or on horseback. This is a major benefit. The proximity to the two big rivers means plenty of fish and water for crops, so finding a spot near the water that isn’t in a floodplain would be your best bet. Having lots of open space means you can establish a perimeter and build a farm, like the one Hershel had on The Walking Dead.