10 Cities That Can Survive an Apocalypse

Where you live may be the most important determining factor when it comes to whether you survive an apocalyptic disaster. “Finding yourself in a highly populated urban center, competing with violent crowds for dwindling resources, will usually not end well. If the scarcity doesn’t get you, the resulting chaos certainly will,” Richard Duarte, a personal injury attorney in Miami and author of Surviving Doomsday, told realtor.com®. “On the other hand, being in a low-density rural location, with more abundant natural resources and far fewer mouths to feed, will dramatically increase your chances of surviving the crisis.”

Realtor.com® researchers analyzed the 200 largest U.S. metros to identify the cities with the best chances of surviving a nuclear apocalypse, using criteria such as the percentage of realtor.com® listings with a lake, pond, or well for drinking water; a safe room, panic room, or bunker; solar panels or hydropower (in case the electricity goes out); population density; percentage of health care workers; and percentage of landmass covered by fresh water.

Realtor.com® determined that the following are the 10 best places to survive a nuclear apocalypse:

  1. Kansas City, Mo.
  2. New Haven, Conn.
  3. Ann Arbor, Mich.
  4. Hagerstown, Md.
  5. Springfield, Mass.
  6. Manchester, N.H.
  7. Duluth, Minn.
  8. San Luis Obispo, Calif.
  9. Crestview, Fla.
  10. Lincoln, Neb.

Visit realtor.com® to find out the worst cities to survive a nuclear apocalypse.

Source: “The Best and Worst cities in America to Survive the Apocalypse,” realtor.com® (Oct. 30, 2017)