The Most Dangerous States to Live In America During a Collapse


There are many different disasters that would be catastrophic to the United States. An EMP attack that causes the power grid to collapse, a huge natural disaster, or a complete economic collapse far worse than the Great Depression are just three such disasters that would take years to recover from.

What many people fail to realize, however, is that it won’t be the disaster itself that kills the most people. While it is true that the EMP strike would cause planes to fall out of the sky and cars to crash into one another, and while it’s also true that a natural disaster could claim thousands of lives instantly, it’s what happens after an apocalyptic disaster that would cause most of the deaths.

With communications, food, water, and other necessities all cut off instantly, once ordinary people will do desperate things in order to survive. Hunger and starvation, dehydration and lack of water, and people killing one another savagely for basic necessities are what would claim the most lives.

Nowhere in the United States is going to be truly safe or immune from a disaster on a grand scale. However, some states will certainly be less safe than others, and we’re going to discuss what those states are and why they are more unsafe than others.

Here are the top five worst American states to be in during a collapse, presented in alphabetical order:

1. Alaska

Here’s a state that you’re probably surprised to see on this list, especially when you consider Alaska (known as the Last Frontier) is supposed to be a safe haven for survivalists. There’s no denying that Alaska has many factors that would initially make it seem like a good place to be in during a disaster.

For one thing, it’s sparsely populated and its few urban areas are not anywhere near as populous as cities like New York or Los Angeles. It also has an abundance of natural resources such as timber and wild game.

But at the same time, Alaska has many negatives. For one thing, it’s very earthquake prone due to the fact that it’s situated along the West Coast. It’s also cut off from the lower 48 states, so imports of basic supplies and necessities will come to a screeching halt in the midst of disaster with no hope of resupply (gasoline and oil are arguably the biggest of these).

There’s no denying that Alaska is one of the most beautiful places in the entire world. But at the same time, it has serious cons that should make you seriously reconsider it as a bug out location.

2. California

You might as well put the whole West Coast under this one, which is incredibly vulnerable to earthquakes and is very densely populated. Those densely populated cities like San Francisco, San Diego, or Los Angeles are not just bad places to be in an earthquake. They are also prime EMP or nuclear targets for our enemies.

Furthermore, California’s economy is incredibly fragile with very high debt. It’s arguably the most prone to an economic collapse over any other state. This is on top of the very high cost of living, taxes, and regulations in the state as well.

All in all, the West Coast is definitely not somewhere you want to be during a disaster, but California will be even more dangerous than Washington and Oregon.

3. Florida

You can probably already guess one reason why Florida is on this list: hurricanes. It’s no secret that Florida is very prone to hurricanes, but even that hasn’t stopped retirees from flocking to the Sunshine State as a warm tropical haven.

Sure, Florida is a very attractive state, but it’s still far too overburdened with negative factors to be considered a good state to be in during a disaster. On the contrary, it’s one of the worst. Miami is a very large city and could be a prime target of a nuclear or EMP attack. The population in Florida is also very dense (it’s surpassed New York) and the crime rate is high.

In addition, most of Florida is already under sea level, which is dangerous should ocean temperatures ever seriously rise. Overall, you would be advised to not consider Florida as a bug out retreat.

4. Hawaii

Hawaii is on this list for many of the same reasons that Alaska is: it’s cut off from the rest of the United States and therefore will also be cut off from shipping and imports during a disaster. As an added con, Hawaii already has less overall resources than Alaska, with less of a chance to be successful at agriculture due to the generally poor soil.

Hawaii is also a goldmine of military bases that will be prime targets in the event of a global war. Unless you can get out beforehand on a ship or an airplane, you’re essentially stranded in an archipelago out in the middle of the Pacific Ocean with no serious way of getting out.

If Hawaii serves one purpose, it’s a vacation place to make happy memories. But it’s certainly not a place to go to outlast a disaster.

5. New York

Last but not least, we come to New York. The East and West Coasts are both highly and densely populated, and the city of New York itself is going to be a prime target for our enemies.

New York also shares many cons with California: the high cost of living, high taxes and regulations, a high crime rate, strict firearms laws, heavy traffic, and so on.

Granted, not all of New York is so bad. Much of the northern part of the state is very rural and teeming with natural resources. Still, you’re in very close proximity to the city, and refugees will undoubtedly be flooding north towards Canada, so you’re still not that safe anyway.


Alaska, California, Florida, Hawaii, and New York will be the five least safe states to be in during a major nationwide disaster. As an alternative, you would be wise to check out the states in the Great Plains or the Rocky Mountains instead. While those areas certainly have their cons as well (remember that no state is truly safe), they are still much safer than the five states we’ve just gone over.

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I have been “living” in NYC for 53 years. There is nothing good here, unless you think decriminalizing using sidewalks as a public bathroom after the decriminalized drinking your 40 while walking on said sidewalk is a good thing.

Everyone worth anything have already left. I was a captive here while family court was in progress, though my “wife” ran with the kids to california at least once, but there was no amber alerts for me, because: it’s NYC.

Come to NYC, the illegals need your tax money.

Alaska is home to 6 oil refineries. This list is a joke and the author did little research to write this article. If a collapse were to happen I think earthquakes would be pretty far down on the list of concerns for most.

I live in Hawaii, born and raised here, while you are correct about the military thing you are a little off on it being a poor place to survive.
We actually have excellent soils all over the place, deep silty loam from years of runoff from tho volcanic mountains, yea theres rocky volcanic areas but not as many as there are lush tropical or pasture areas. We have year round growing, abundance of wildlife and sealife, we do still have a fairly good size cattle industry, while not as robust as it once was we do still have a lot of larger ranches.
While Oahu will definitely be screwed, as they have the bulk of the population as well as all of the military bases, the outer islands i believe will fare quite well, the biggest problem i see for the outer islands is all the useless tourist who get trapped here, some may be useful smart talented people but the bulk of them will be people with no useful skills unless of course they embrace the survival lifestyle and roll up their sleeves to dig in next to us long time residents.
Another plus is that we have abundant surface water and the ocean, the sealife around the state is amazing.
We also have a huge population of people who are already growing gardens or hunting and fishing for their own food there are many local residents who are already ramping up local small scale sustainable agriculture,
So dont be so fast to discount Hawaii as grass shacks, natives and military, we got some good digs here, stuff that makes self sufficiency attainable especially if everything comes unglued.

50% of all the clean water in the world is in Alaska ,millions of salmon ,wild berries Southeast Alaska is a temperate rainforest if you really want to survive do your own home work people are talking about things they really have thought all the way through

Don’t say New York. Say New York City. Upstate is FAR from the City and those Manhattan people would be hard pressed to make it to the Adirondack Mountains in a disaster!

Indeed this article is shallow in several respects. One hugely overlooked fact by the author is that the growing season in Hawaii is year-round and not limited by the cold/winter as in parts of the mainland.

Wisconsin would be bad, all the people from Chicago would be heading north along Southeastern Wisconsin such as Milwaukee. Then once up in northern Wisconsin you will have people from the Twin Cities, Minnesota heading east into Wisconsin. Sure, plenty of woods unless you’re underground!

Actually Hawaii does have great places….obviously Honolulu is not great, by way of Oahu….but other islands have less peopland there are ww2 bunkers scattered around if you know where to go. Whomever wrote this article , seems to include all islands, and has no real idea of anything…

There are HUGE differences between Oahu and the outer islands, im on Maui, lots of big old school families, lots of people who are still in touch with their roots and the land, even our small area upcountry has farms, ranches, tens of thousands of axis deer, lots of people who fish or grow food for their families. Its the same on all the smaller islands minus the deer. Even most of the transplants are more enviro conscious in that they seek out local grown before looking for imported. The biggest misconception is that we produce not enough food for the state, that number is primarily created because of the millions of people living on Oahu, if things go sideways, i wouldnt want to be on Oahu, but here in our area, i think better than almost anywhere in the continent and we not going to freeze during the winter.

Any place that has a high percentage of minorities is a place you’ll want to avoid……unless you want to be stalked and hunted because you’re white.

Yeah and the solid 50% of the country that is half frozen from Nov. to Apr. will be a lot of fun in a grid down. But wait, in a *collapse* won’t the roughly 100 nuclear reactors in some 30 states melt down? Where can you hide from that? Survey says: You can’t. Not only will they melt down, but there won’t be anybody to respond to it, so it will be a runaway event lasting decades. Sorry. The survivalist mythos is bogus. We’re all locked in to mutually assured destruction. Time to stop building bunkers and start trying to change things because I’m telling you right now you’re not going to make it in a real grid down collapse. Do us all a favor and stop pretending you will. It is oh so selfish of you.

Sharky Waters, you make too much sense!!! How right you are! Some people who think they are going live and survive like Rambo, be the first to die!

I’m glad you mentioned Hawaii. I don’t want them coming here. Please keep repeating the message about how unsafe Hawaii is.

I would put Michigan in top 2. We have the largest Muslim population in the US plus Detroit, Flint,Saginaw and Benton Harbor just to name a few.

The only way forward in such cataclysms will be communal living/survival. And the only strategy is to begin preparing…..yesterday. From aqua- and hydroponics to raising livestock and poultry, to several other measures and industries in-between, this is a group effort. And you’d better figure out something that not a single prepper site I have ever seen addresses – how to wash your clothes. All these people with 10 x 20 or whatever bunkers in their backyards will be brought to reality within days of grid down or similar event(s). A truly balanced diet of FRESH foods along with well-thought out methods of keeping clean in every way will make the difference between preppers.

My guesses would be New York City, Washington DC, Atlanta GA, Los Angeles CA, Detroit Michigan, Chicago IL, Houston TX due to the populations and possible targets.


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