Boston Would Be TERRIBLE In The Walking Dead

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The Walking Dead – Season 2, Episode 1 – Photo Credit: Gene Page/AMC – DSC_9915crgn_R_Ph Gene Page
The Walking Dead – Season 2, Episode 1 – Photo Credit: Gene Page/AMC – DSC_9915crgn_R_Ph Gene Page /

5) Do You Know How Many ZOMBIES You’ll Have?

One thing that bothered me when I saw Boston would supposedly survive a zombie apocalypse was something I didn’t see mentioned: The city’s population. I don’t mean that they didn’t mention the people, but the actual number of people the city holds.

According to the census, Boston has six hundred ninety-five thousand five hundred people, give or take a few. All of the other problems I’ve mentioned spring from this. The simple fact is, you have an enormous number of people all crammed into a relatively small and crowded space. It’s part of why the traffic and navigating the city will be so bad. If Boston’s population were put into, let’s say, Los Angeles (And LA’s population were somewhere else), which is a much larger city, it might not be so bad. However, inside Boston itself, with how cramped it is, how its streets are laid out, and the traffic? It is a nightmare.

Why is getting out of the city any other way such a problem? Because you have so many people trying to cram themselves into relatively small trains and relatively small stations, meaning that the moment you throw zombies into the mix, these problems get magnified because all those people have nowhere to go.

And, more to the point, why do I fear that Boston would not do well in a zombie apocalypse? Because you have nearly 700,000 people all crammed in one place, and, because of that, it will be far easier for the dead to get at a large number of those people, bite them, and turn them into more zombies, which also increases their chances of biting the medical professionals needed to try to cure the zombie virus, the main reason why Boston is believed to be the best city to survive the apocalypse in the first place.

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Do I think everyone in Boston will get turned into zombies? No. But, I also think that the idea that Boston (Or any major city, for that matter) can survive a zombie apocalypse is…overly optimistic, to say the least. I think that, with so many people in so small a space, in such a chaotic situation, cities are just deathtraps, pure and simple. Some cities may have specialties that mean a larger chunk of the population may survive than other cities, but to think the city, as we think of them, will survive? I just don’t think so. If you want more tips to help you survive the zombie apocalypse, why not pick up a copy of my book, The Rules: A Guide To Surviving The Zombie Apocalypse! You can also get it at Amazon here, on iTunes here!