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Tampa Bay area ranked second worst U.S. metro for surviving zombie apocalypse (no, really)



There are metro rankings for every other dumb thing, so why not this?

For the list, CareerBuilder looked at four criteria it said were "totally necessary and 100 percent practical":

• Defense (how much of the population is in the military? in law enforcement? how available are small arms?).

• Containing the outbreak (what’s the population density? how many engineers and construction workers are there?).

• Finding a cure (how big is the area’s biomedical R&D sector?).

• Feeding the living (how good is the local food supply?).

Taken together, these four criteria put Tampa at No. 52 among 53 metro areas with more than a million people. That's just behind New York City and just ahead of Los Angeles. Doomsday preppers may want to consider a move to one of the five top-ranked cities: Boston, Salt Lake City, Columbus, Ohio, Baltimore, and Virginia Beach, Va.

This is not the bay area’s first zombie-related ranking. Last month, RealtyTrac said we had 984 "zombie houses" — vacant homes in some stage of foreclosure — the fourth-most of any major metro area.

For some thoughtful zombie reading, check out this essay on how zombies started as one kind of cultural phenomenon, then turned into something very different.

[Last modified: Monday, November 2, 2015 9:08am]


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