CareerBuilder Releases New Study on Which Cities are Most Likely and Least Likely to Survive a Zombie Apocalypse

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CHICAGO & ATLANTAOctober 27, 2016 — If there was a zombie apocalypse, would your city prevail or be overrun by the walking dead? Just in time for Halloween, CareerBuilder is answering this question with a totally practical and 100 percent feasible study that gauges survival rates based on concentration of occupational skills and industries.

Despite being the home of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the place where the hit Zombie TV series, The Walking Dead, Atlanta only ranked # 48 out of the Top 100 Cities on the list.

The research is comprised of a weighted index ranking the 53 largest U.S. metropolitan areas (with more than 1 million residents). A standard, flesh-eating virus transmitted via biting or contact with infected blood is assumed. The index is scored on eight different factors in four categories: ability to defend against the virus, ability to contain the virus, ability to find a cure and ability to outlast the epidemic with an ample food supply. The study is based on data from Emsi, CareerBuilder’s labor market analysis arm, which aggregates information from more than 100 national, state and local employment resources.

The index will come in handy considering that, in a separate and equally practical CareerBuilder study1, 36 percent of workers said, if they were a zombie, they would feast on their co-workers.

See the following chart to see where your city would rank in winning the battle against the living dead:

MSA

Defense Score

Containment Score

Cure Score

Food Score

Total Score

Final Rank

Boston, MA

13.69

11.05

20

3.59

48.33

1

Kansas City, MO

23.38

10.02

4.53

3.10

41.03

2

Salt Lake City, UT

8.29

18.61

10.49

3.62

41.01

3

Baltimore, MD

17.55

7.68

11.56

2.79

39.58

4

San Diego, CA

16.44

9.89

11.69

1.41

39.43

5

Seattle, WA

9.58

17.86

8.45

1.99

37.88

6

Denver, CO

7.82

20.03

6.39

3.58

37.82

7

Virginia Beach, VA

22.38

10.61

2.76

1.79

37.54

8

Hartford, CT

17.28

9.07

5.80

3.32

35.47

9

Minneapolis, MN

17.51

8.19

5.57

3.94

35.21

10

Indianapolis, IN

8.73

9.39

10.79

5.01

33.92

11

Richmond, VA

14.61

11.16

4.73

3.38

33.89

12

Grand Rapids, MI

0.08

9.73

2.08

20

31.89

13

San Francisco, CA

6.43

8.97

14.86

1.48

31.73

14

Portland, OR

3.71

13.41

6.35

8.01

31.48

15

Washington, D.C.

16.55

7.96

6.80

0

31.31

16

Sacramento, CA

8.80

12.29

4.77

4.99

30.85

17

Pittsburgh, PA

5.98

13.38

7.26

3.60

30.22

18

San Jose, CA

5.74

15.02

8.17

1.09

30.02

19

Raleigh, NC

7.70

12.22

4.89

4.18

28.98

20

Orlando, FL

9.44

9.55

3.53

6.03

28.55

21

Memphis, TN

14.07

2.96

5.15

6.26

28.43

22

Louisville, KY

11.56

6.76

2.03

8.04

28.39

23

Cleveland, OH

10.36

4.24

8.02

5.32

27.93

24

Birmingham, AL

9.84

6.73

5.29

5.51

27.37

25

Oklahoma City, OK

8.25

10.69

6.53

1.55

27.01

26

St. Louis, MO

13.96

8.24

2.99

1.62

26.81

27

Houston, TX

6.08

15.92

2.71

1.37

26.09

28

New Orleans, LA

13.55

8.85

2.12

1.23

25.75

29

Phoenix, AZ

12.81

7.39

1.96

3.44

25.59

30

Charlotte, NC

8.65

6.12

0.50

9.78

25.06

31

Las Vegas, NV

15.84

6.20

0.68

1.44

24.16

32

Columbus, OH

7.88

7.59

6.03

2.50

24.01

33

Providence, RI

8.82

5.37

4.19

4.85

23.23

34

Austin, TX

5.83

12.13

4.45

0.70

23.11

35

Cincinnati, OH

5.46

5.63

5.16

6.62

22.87

36

Rochester, NY

5.16

4.92

3.87

8.69

22.64

37

Nashville, TN

8.53

7.15

3.77

2.89

22.34

38

Milwaukee, WI

6.29

7.48

4.09

3.95

21.81

39

Dallas, TX

7.66

7.50

2.12

4.53

21.80

40

San Antonio, TX

9.88

4.27

1.95

5.48

21.58

41

Philadelphia, PA

8.53

1.18

7.46

3.90

21.07

42

Jacksonville, FL

11.40

6.04

1.63

1.27

20.33

43

Detroit, MI

2.03

14.50

2.10

1.32

19.94

44

Chicago, IL

9.74

0.63

2.34

6.73

19.44

45

Tucson, AZ

10.88

1.59

6.40

0.52

19.40

46

Buffalo, NY

10.23

3.35

3.38

1.83

18.80

47

Atlanta, GA

6.73

5.87

2.65

3.30

18.56

48

Miami, FL

12.67

1.10

1.57

2.78

18.11

49

Riverside, CA

4.44

4.99

0

7.30

16.72

50

Los Angeles, CA

7.37

0.68

3.89

1.70

13.65

51

Tampa, FL

6.07

2.33

2.97

1.52

12.89

52

New York City, NY

12.44

-10.08

4.33

1.99

8.69

53

1 National Harris Poll study of more than 3,100 workers in September 2016, commissioned by CareerBuilder.

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