Worst US Cities to Stay in for Preppers


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You can do your best in terms of prepping, but one thing that you don’t have any control over is your environment. Once rules break down and expectations go haywire, being in the right place at the right time could be the key to your survival. This is why it’s worth knowing what are the best and worst places to settle in.


Today, we’re focusing on the latter. If you’re already living in one of these cities, don’t panic. Just do your share of prepping and hope for the best, or you might want to prepare your own sleeper truck, similar to what Aaron shared in one of our previous posts. This way, you can zoom off at the first sign of an impending apocalypse. With that said, here are the worst cities for preppers.


San Francisco

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When disaster strikes, Silicon Valley will become a valley of the shadow of death. Dead electronics and gadgets, that is, after being rendered useless by lack of power. So what exactly makes San Francisco bad for preppers?


Besides the horrific traffic, it is prone to earthquakes, and the population density coupled with dizzying roads doesn’t help either. San Francisco is too jam-packed and expensive that citizens are already leaving even without an actual disaster in sight. It might be cool to live in a place as swanky as SF, but when all hell breaks loose, you’ll realize you can’t digest your smartphone.


Los Angeles

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Los Angeles is a disaster movie, darling. Ranker even made a list of how the City of Angels was destroyed in different films. As it turns out, however, Hollywood imagination does not stray far from the future possibilities.


For starters, Los Angeles’ high population will make it hard for preppers to scrounge for additional resources. If there is anything that the 1992 Los Angeles riots have taught us, it is that LA can’t take any more looting or violence. With a city as big and sprawling as LA, it would take a lot of guts and luck to get out of the city alive. Let us not forget how close the city is to the San Andreas fault. Any sane prepper would say that it is better not to risk getting caught in ‘the big one.’


New York

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While New Yorkers currently enjoy a high quality of life, it’s hard to imagine them having it easy when the worst happens. Everything that makes the city appealing today – the fast, metropolitan lifestyle, robust population, etc. – puts it at the other end of the spectrum in terms of prepping.


Like LA, NYC’s high population density and limited resources are red flags. In addition, most people are living in high-rise buildings, which are bad places to be in when disaster strikes. An article on Yoreevo that discusses mandatory building inspections indicates that as of 2015, there are 13,500 buildings in the city which have seven stories or more. A prepper staying in a high rise is essentially trapped when the worst happens, and the time it takes you to get out of the building may mean the difference between life or death. For example, although most structures are designed to withstand earthquakes, the US is still yet to experience the so-called “big one”. Experts say that it will likely hit the West Coast due to the San Andreas Fault, but in reality, the East of the US also experience very strong earthquakes, particularly the New York metropolitan area. In other words, the possibility of a doomsday level earthquake hitting the city cannot be dismissed.



Miami’s beaches draw crowds, but these areas have their drawbacks. The city is, in fact, on the brink of a water supply crisis. After draining its nearby swaps, saltwater from the Atlantic Ocean has now contaminated the Biscayne Aquifer, which is Miami’s main fresh water source. In the event of a catastrophe, don’t count on the city’s water supply to sustain its population.


There’s also its traffic problem. Miami-based personal injury attorney and author of Surviving Doomsday Richard Duarte remarked, “There are very few ways to get out of [Miami] during a massive evacuation—the only way to go is north. Surprisingly, there are only three major highways out of South Florida. Under normal circumstances, those arteries are already congested.” If you couldn’t even get out when the tough gets going, it’s better not to go here in the first place. Even as a prepper, your supplies can only last for so long.


Tampa Bay

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Data from Career Builder show that Tampa Bay ranks second among the worst cities to be in during an apocalyptic catastrophe. It has a low defense score, short food supply, and an abysmal medical capacity. Tampa Bay simply doesn’t have enough food and hospitals to sustain a societal breakdown.


Most of these are big cities, so it’s probably obvious by now that living in big cities will see a prepper’s odds plummet. Nonetheless, it pays to be a step ahead of others.


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