The TV world is following the every move of Joel and Ellie on the HBO Max series "The Last of Us."

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The popularity of the series has Americans thinking and talking about zombies. So, Insuranks commissioned a zombie study to find out which states are the most prepared for a zombie apocalypse. Some of the results were predictable but others came as a surprise. In the end, we learned that Wyoming is the state most ready to combat the walking dead and New York is one of the least prepared states.

These are the Top 5:

1. Wyoming

2. Alaska

3. Vermont

4. North Dakota

5. South Dakota

Bottom 5:

46. Pennsylvania

47. New York

48. Florida

49. Texas

50. California


Connecticut was right near the middle at #22. I really thought CT would have been #50 but it appears the Northwest corner of the state is holding us down in the zombie category. There is no way anyone in Danbury has zombies on their radar.

Next, they looked at what weapon people think is the most reliable to kill zombies.

1. Shotgun

2. Handgun

3. Baseball Bat


That was not all that was learned from the study, they also found out which TV show/movie Americans think is the most realistic portrayal of what zombies.

1. Walking Dead

2. 28 Days Later

3. World War Z

4. I Am Legend

5. Zombieland

'The Last of Us' was #7 and we'd better hope so because the zombies in this show are terrifying. They run approximately 100 mph, roam in packs of 4,000 and have the ugliest heads in human history.


When Ellie got stuck in the car with that child zombie I ran out of the house and hid under the deck.

We talked about this on the I-95 Morning Show Wednesday (02/22/23). We shared the name of the disease that creates the zombies in "The Last of Us" and how it is a real-world fungus. We also talked about the "Walking Dead" and why Darrell's crossbow is the worst weapon a zombie killer could use, listen below.


The most hilarious result of the study was a contradiction of epic proportions.


They asked people "who is the first to die in a zombie reality?" The most popular answer was "me." Then, the respondents were asked "who is the most trustworthy in a zombie apocalypse? " The most popular answer was "myself."



Insuranks Methodology

To rank the states, we analyzed 1289 Google search terms relating to zombie apocalypses from January 2019 through December 2022. We looked at the average number of monthly searches and compared it to each state’s population, per 100,000 residents.

In January 2023 we surveyed 1,047 Americans to get their feedback on zombies and preparing for a zombie apocalypse. Respondents were 48% female, 49% male, and 3% non-binary/non-conforming, with an age range of 18 to 79 and an average age of 40.

P.S. Why do we have to wait a week to watch these episodes? Is this 1984? What are we watching, Dallas? Dynasty? Cheers? Release them all in one bundle, I can't take it.

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