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Baltimore could probably survive zombie apocalypse, data show

Though your instinct might be to run for the hills, when faced with a zombie attack, you're better off staying in Baltimore.

That's according to findings by CareerBuilder and Economic Modeling Specialists Intl. The organizations crunched the numbers to discover which of the 53 largest U.S. metro areas could survive the walking dead.

Baltimore came in at No. 4 on the most-likely-to-survive list, behind Boston, Salt Lake City and Columbus, Ohio; the weighted index rankings were based on occupational skills and industry characteristics.

The "totally necessary and 100 percent practical survey of the 10 U.S. cities most equipped -- and the 10 cities least equipped -- to survive an actual night (or day) of the living dead" aims to settle what would occur in the event of a zombie apocalypse, according to a news release.

The survey's premise was that a "standard, flesh-eating virus transmitted via biting or contact with infected blood" struck the nation's largest metropolitan areas.

The zombie-apocalypse-survival-likelihood of each city was scored on eight 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. That data came from ESMI, which analyzes labor market data.

Baltimore won't be strongest at keeping the zombies out or outlasting the virus with a good food supply, according to the data, but its ability to defend against, and cure, the virus pushed it into the top 10.

The organizations determined a city's ability to defend against the virus by analyzing the percentage of the area's population in the military, law enforcement, firefighting and security, as well as the percentage of total exports coming from small arms manufacturing industries.

As for Baltimore's ability to cure the virus, the data looked to the percentage of bio-medical research and development professionals.

Not so likely to survive? New York, Tampa and Los Angeles. We may forgive big-city jabs at Baltimore, but when the zombie apocalypse strikes, we won't forget.

Most likely to survive a zombie apocalypse:
1. Boston, MA
2. Salt Lake City, UT
3. Columbus, OH
4. Baltimore, MD
5. Virginia Beach, VA
6. Seattle, WA
7. San Diego, CA
8. Kansas City, MO
9. Denver, CO
10. Indianapolis, IN

Least likely to survive a zombie apocalypse:
1. New York, NY
2. Tampa, FL
3. Los Angeles, CA
4. Riverside-San Bernardino, CA
5. Chicago, IL
6. Miami, FL
7. Jacksonville, FL
8. Milwaukee, WI
9. Providence, RI
10. Las Vegas, NV

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