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The 5 Places In America You DON’T Want To Be When Society Collapses

The 5 Places In America You DON’T Want To Be When Society Collapses

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What would you say is the number one threat to lead to an end-of-the-world-like scenario? A terrorist attack? An EMP strike? A natural disaster? An economic collapse?

All of these are possibilities, but in each one, a thick population density will make it far worse. There’s no denying that people panic when a crisis occurs, and that panic is only multiplied when more people are living closely to one another.

More people will be killed in a shorter period of time in the major cities, the roads will be clogged as people and families try to escape, and furthermore, just look at the other threats that we listed first. Many of them are directly connected to population density.

If an economic collapse were to occur, then urbanized cities would be simply unable to rebuild their economies as fast as more rural areas (with coal mining, logging, farmer’s markets, etc.) could.

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There are other factors that make certain areas in America unsafe and unsuitable for outlasting an apocalypse:

  • Strong natural disaster risks
  • A weak economy
  • High crime rates
  • Strict gun laws
  • A high cost of living
  • High taxes
  • Heavy traffic
  • Unfertile land for growing crops
  • Close proximity to nuclear/chemical power plants
  • Low populations of wild game and edible plants
  • Limited fresh water

In this story, we’re going to list out the five very worst retreat areas in the United States. These are the areas where you will definitely not want to be when disaster strikes, and if you live in or near any of these areas now, you may want to consider moving or have an alternate plan:

1. East Coast

Many survival and disaster experts agree that the East and West Coasts together are among the worst locations to survive a long-term disaster in the United States. This is because both meet the “unsafe factors” we just outlined. High population density? Check. High cost of living? Check.  Strict Gun Laws? For the Northeastern states, check. High crime rate? In many cities, yes. High taxes and regulations? In the Northeastern states yes. Heavy traffic? Check. Threat of natural disaster, namely hurricanes? Check. Low populations of wild game and edible plants? Check. Potential enemy nuclear targets? For the major cities, definitely.

As a general rule of thumb, avoid anywhere along the East Coast if you can. It’s simply not a safe place if you want to survive a disaster. If you do live on or near the East Coast, fall back to retreat areas in the Appalachian Mountains or northern New England, like New Hampshire or Maine, when worst comes to worst.

2. West Coast

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Many of our concerns expressed with the East Coast apply to the West Coast as well. The largest state along the West Coast, California, is already an economic disaster and thus not somewhere you would want to be in an economic collapse. Washington and Oregon are both, by far, better off economic-wise, but they still have their problems with high taxes, tough regulations and large government spending. The major cities of San Diego, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Seattle have extremely high population densities and are potential terrorist/nuclear targets.

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In addition, the West Coast lies along the Ring of Fire, which adds earthquakes to the list of natural disaster risks to worry about. If you don’t think earthquakes are that big of a deal, well, just look at what happened to Japan in 2011. Plus, in Washington, you have volcanoes. All in all, both the East and West Coasts are dangerous hotspots in an apocalyptic-type scenario and are not recommended.

3. Florida

Florida, in general, is not somewhere you will want to be during a disaster. Not to mention the ever looming threat of hurricanes in the state, Florida also endures a high crime rate, a collapsed housing market and high costs of living, a very dense population, and the fact that much of the state is actually below sea level (the parts of the state that are higher aren’t above it by much).

There’s no denying that Florida has nice weather, which is why many people move there in the first place, but its negatives far outweigh its positives to the point that it’s one of the worst retreat locations you could be in for outlasting a long-term disaster.

4. Alaska

Woah, woah, wait, Alaska? The so-called “last frontier” in America is one of the worst places to survive an apocalypse? First of all, Alaska does have a few positives (not to mention the beauty of its geography) that would make it an initially attractive place to live for someone who wants to be in a safe region from a major disaster. It is true that Alaska has the lowest population density of all 50 states, along with low tax rates. It also has a great abundance of rivers, lakes, wildlife and edible plants.

But when we come to economics, Alaska is practically cut off from the rest of the United States. A lot of the supplies that Alaskans rely on are either flown or shipped into the state. In a disaster scenario, these planes and ships will likely no longer be making shipments, greatly limiting available resources. Furthermore, those who live more inland in Alaska will be extremely limited in what they can do with commerce.

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Remember when we noted that the West Coast of the USA is prone to earthquakes due to being situated along the Ring of Fire? Well, so is Alaska. There’s also very limited transportation to get oil from the North Slope to where it needs to go, and much of the fuel that Alaskans use is already brought in from the Lower 48 states. The winters in Alaska can also be quite cold and brutal.

Alaska may seem like the prepper’s haven, but on closer inspection it becomes apparent that you’re going to have a much tougher time surviving there than you would think. This is one place you may want to avoid, unless you know how to live 100 percent off the grid.

5. Hawaii

Like Florida, Hawaii may be a great place to vacation, but it’s an utterly terrible location to be in during an apocalyptic scenario. Most of Hawaii’s resources, as with Alaska, are shipped in.  This includes food and fuel. That’s on top of a very high cost of living in the state coupled with generally poor farming soil.

Gun laws are very strict in the state, and there are many military bases on the islands that could be the targets of enemy attacks. Let’s also not forget one more thing: Should a big enough natural disaster ever happen to Hawaii, how will you escape? After all, it’s a series of islands in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. Unless you have access to a plane or a ship, you may be toast.

Every region in the US certainly has its pros and cons, but these are the areas where the cons outweigh the positives the most.


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  1. A tremendous plus for Alaska is that there are no nuclear power plants in the state, whereas there are well over 100 in the lower forty-eight states. In any widespread disaster scenario, nuclear power plants going offline will present an enormous problem (as the Japanese could elaborate on at some length, I’m sure). Alaska also has relatively few targets that would be struck in a nuclear exchange, but it’s closer to those countries that would likely be our primary adversaries in any such scenario, and is more likely to be occupied than the continental U.S.

  2. You forgot Texas. You may remember Obama saying something about folk clinging to guns and bibles? Well in Texas it is guns X2. Should society collapse, we will not be welcoming new comers with open arms. If you’ve managed to destroy your own state and think you’ll come to ours rethink that. Don’t mess with Texas.

    • Amen, and it’s still funny to me that don’t mess with Texas started off as our anti-liter campaign, many don’t remember that.

  3. I actually have a good way to tell where you want to be. Follow me on this.

    Look a picture of the United States taken at night from space. See all those light clusters? Taking in consideration water, natural resources, etc find a spot away from those lights. I personally don’t mind Northern New England.

  4. I’m still trying to figure out what the hell “woah” means.
    I wonder if it’s in any way related to “whoa”?

  5. Concow is an unincorporated rural area of Oroville CA which hosts Lake Oroville. It is 30 miles East of Downtown off Hwy 70 headed toward Quincy and was the “old route” to Reno.

    This area is A Survivalists Dream Come True. Ask yourself, IF the Government collapses, or if the USA was invaded where do you want to be; in the big city or hidden away in the mountains?

    A subdivision known as Camelot in Concow CA sits 6.5 miles off the highway on a newly paved road with twists and turns that no enemy such as ISIS, Vigilante Gangs looking for Your Food and Water, etc. could get to without getting picked off at nearly every curve if we were invaded. Camelot is highly forested. The only way the enemy could get to us is by air, landing a helicopter in an open field but then 100 armed families would be more than happy to give them an appropriate welcome.

    Occupied lots all have wells and septic systems and there are several un-improved lots in the compound. Concow has water..lots of water and Camelot has two small creeks flowing through, that feed Lake Concow which is a proverbial stones throw away. Though a wildlife refuge protected by the Dept. of Fish and Game, there are numerous wild turkeys, deer, squirrels, ducks, geese, not to mention fish in the lake that in a national disaster, you could eat.

    My lot is 1/3 acre and a great well..120 ft deep. Crystal clean water that’s never gone dry or dirty in the 11 years I’ve been there. Just installed a new well pump as well. Oh, and NO Water Bills either

    Have a old fixer upper (but livable) mobile home. Originally a 2 bedroom but the “add on” functions well as a third bedroom; and there is a built on large living room with a woodstove. Property includes a woodshed and carport and garage/storage.

    someone could possibly replace with an Earth-dome Structure or another dwelling if desired.

    If that sounds appealing to you or someone you know let me know. I’d consider a Generous offer for the place

    • Having been born and raised in Butte County, and knowing full well the amount of pollutants and toxins that are already in the county’s water resources, surface water included,; due largely to the huge presence of cartel grow operations, Concow wouldn’t be a viable choice for me. I well remember the raging wild fire that roared through the Concow area, the natural terrain(yes, it can be beautiful) has natural chimneys that make wild fire a problem far greater than anything else. Each place has its own dangers and no place is perfect,mouth NorCal is far better than any other place in California in my personal experience!
      Potable water IS key to thriving and surviving anywhere, and if your present location has a solar powered well, and excellent water protected from cartel ecological terrorism, you are blessed.
      However,, Oroville has LONG been a cesspool of method production and honey butane oil labs, so it is not “safe” at all, and never will be.

  6. (If an economic collapse were to occur, then urbanized cities would be simply unable to rebuild their economies as fast as more rural areas)

    History doesn’t track with this. The Great Depression, The 2001 Argentinian collapse were both economic based and in both cases people moved to the cities for jobs because the countryside suffered heavily from a lack of money and jobs, People moved to, not away from cities out of the need to survive because cities were better able to deal with the shortage of money and get some commerce going.

    I don’t see it being different if we have another economic collapse.

    There are plenty of reasons to not live in a city, but economic collapse isn’t one of them…

    People must have money and there is more of it in a city.

    • Chuck,

      I think you are missing the point about survival. People don’t need money. You can’t eat it, whether it be paper or coin. When people are starving they don’t want money…they want food and water and shelter from the elements. The Great Depression was bad…but it wasn’t a sudden catastrophe. My grandmother told me many stories of raising 5 young babies/kids, sleeping on wooden flooring inside a tent, and no food at all at times. What really floored me was not only her cupboards were empty of food…they had not salt. No salt. Salt is so cheap. But everyone was surviving on what little they had. But…there was water. And electric in most cases. And they did have some sort of roof over their heads. The main problem was that there were very few jobs…to make money.

      Imagine that one day you have electricity…and the next day…suddenly you don’t…for a year or more. No well water pumped. No city water. Toilets don’t flush but once. Depending on the season, no A/C or heat. No clean drinking water…if there’s water at all. Now there’s no food. And there’s no new fuel available to drive…or trucks to haul food…or tractors to farm the land. Millions will die. There’s a huge difference between a depression and a catastrophe. One has little…the other has none. And if just say…this event only happened in America…is an invasion next? If a catastrophe happened world wide…there would be nobody to help from another country (think global EMP from the sun). Reboot.

    • You may want to rethink that…during the Great Depression, my grandmother grew up on a farm, she said that while they did not have money, they always had food. If the grid goes down, good luck fighting for food, or even highway space to get out of a city…not to mention looting and gangs taking over.

      • You’d have to have a compound of people with weapons to stop a mob from raiding your farm. Even that won’t stop a huge mob who also has weapons. So, even if you were to live in the country, there is no stopping a gang of thugs from coming and stealing what you prepped or grew. You’d better have thousands of army men on your property. The city is a terrible place to be, but don’t think just because you are in the country that you are safe. Far from it.

  7. Florida is the 3rd most populated state (over 19 million) but we haven’t had bad hurricane s since 2004. Just stay away from the major population centers like Jacksonville, Orlando, Tampa St. Pete, Miami the I4 corridor and down I75 and I95. Seems like a lot but it is a huge state. Ocala national forest and lots of rural areas. Usually lots of rainfall and good growing weather. The only bad thing (other than northerners) is if there was a tsunami then we are all screwed!

  8. This is basically crap.

    To put the entire East Coast in one category.

    I am in Maine and every single one of those factors is WRONG.

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