Now you can estimate how long you’ll have if a zombie outbreak happens near you. The Zombietown, USA map lets you click on a town and then shows how fast the plague would likely spread from that starting point.
The project is the work of two Cornell physics grad students, Alex Alemi and Matt Bierbaum. They used 2010 US Census data and Gillespie dynamics to create their maps of zombie destruction. Users can adjust the kill-to-bite ratio and zombie speed to see how it affects the outbreak.
They’ve even authored a paper with professors Christopher R. Myers and James P. Sethna where they explain:
After 28 days, it is not the largest metropolitan areas that suffer the greatest risk, but the regions located between large metropolitan areas. For instance, in California it is the region near Bakersfield in the San Joaquin Valley that is at the greatest risk as this area will be overrun by zombies whether they originate in the San Francisco area or the Los Angeles / San Diego area. The area with the greatest one month zombie risk is north eastern Pennsylvania, itself being susceptible to outbreaks originating in any of the large metropolitan areas on the east coast.
Plan where you live accordingly.