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Here’s the best place to survive if there’s a nuclear apocalypse

If you're a resident of Kansas City, you have the best shot at survival out of the 200 largest metro areas in the country, according to (Dreamstime/TNS)

Do escalating tensions with North Korea have you scared of a nuclear apocalypse?

If you’re a resident of the Kansas City metro area, you have less to worry about: The city has the best shot at survival out of the 200 largest metro areas in the country, according to

The site analyzed home and property attributes in the cities to determine which was most conducive to enduring nuclear fallout.

If Kim Jong Un or another nuclear-minded world leader ever launched an attack, Kansas City would be the best place to survive because collectively the city has the highest percentage of:

  • Home listings with a lake or pond (for drinking water)
  • Listings with a safe room
  • Listings with a bunker or fallout shelter
  • Listings with solar panels in case the electrical grid goes dark
  • Percentage of health care workers

Other factors included: population density, state gun score, and presence of active military, federal government employees or manufacturing workers, which deemed likely targets of a nuclear attack.

“There is no safe place. There are only safer places,” Robert Vicino, CEO and founder of the Vivos Group, which sells bunkers, told

According to the story, KC’s metro “has one of the highest rates of housing listings with bunkers or fallout shelters. It also has more than its fair share of homes with basements, as well as those made out of brick — a structure that is better prepared for a nuclear blast.”

If zombies ever come to town, though, get out quickly. Kansas City didn’t make the site’s list of 10 best cities to survive a real-world “Walking Dead” scenario.


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