Atlanta the No. 8 City for a Zombie Outbreak

by Tom Walsh

Trulia sought to find some of the most unnaturally hazardous places in the country


Atlanta was ranked as the eighth most likely city to see a zombie outbreak as part of Trulia’s annual unnatural hazards maps. Since Atlanta is the epicenter of the Walking Dead infection, this may not come as much of a shock.

The report, which seeks to protect potential homebuyers from the threats of zombie attacks, vampire bites and haunted houses, took a serious look at those factors while the rest of us were making costumes and priming our sweet tooths. It determined zombie outbreak likelihood by analyzing the number of cemeteries per 50,000 people in urban areas of at least 800,000 people.

Atlanta had 5.2 cemeteries per 50,000 people, which was half of that of Providence, RI, which had 11.5. The top ten cities were in the east coast, meaning a potential outbreak would probably start on the East Coast and work its way West.

Zombies, Vampires and Ghosts, Oh My!

That doesn’t necessarily mean it’s time to start shopping for that California beach home just yet, however. Trulia took a similar approach to determining the risk for a vampire bite, but instead of cemeteries, they focused on the vampire’s diet of blood and where it’s most likely to be found: medical centers. San Diego had the highest concentration of hospitals and blood banks, with 3.2 per 50,000 people.

Lastly, they looked to see which area had the highest amount of ghost sightings, along with a survey to determine which area had the spookiest, and most likely to be haunted places. The survey, they assured, was very scientific and not at all random. New Orleans ranked number one with 1.1 ghost sightings and spooky places per 50,000 people.

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