1. Best City for Stockpiling: Salt Lake City
Costco recently remodeled the store on 2100 S. and 300 W., expanding it to 235,000 square feet. According to the company, that store is now the largest costco ON THE PLANET. Since you’ll certainly need cases of toilet paper and canned soup, this is the place to be. Also, you can now buy soda by the pallet and whole pigs at that location. Doomsday luau, anyone?
2. Best City for Self Defense: Tooele
According to CityData.com, Tooele County has the second-highest number of gun licenses per capita in the entire nation! Davis and Weber counties both made the top 30 list, as well. With its Walmart Distribution Center, you can pick up all the ammo you’ll need to arm yourself, and its remote location has a lower population, so you’ll only need a few pallets to get the job done.
3. Best City to Avoid God’s Wrath: Provo
Polls consistently rank Provo as reporting 77 percent or higher of its residents as “very religious.” So if you’re concerned that sinners will go down in flames on Doomsday, consider moving to Provo (and going to church, of course).
4. Best City for Growing Your Own Food: Leeds
For long-term doomsday survival, growing your own food is a must, but it’s a difficult proposition with Utah’s cold winters. The town of Leeds boasts that it has the longest growing season in the entire state, so if you want to plant a garden that will feed your family, this little town might be your best choice.
5. Best City for Self-Reliant Meat Eaters: Beaver
As reported on the 2012 U.S. Census of Agriculture, Beaver county has 277 farms, and livestock sales of almost $276 million. So, if you’re looking for a tasty post-apocalypse steak, Beaver (and surrounding towns) is the place to be.
6. Best City for Transportation: Moab
On Doomsday, the highways and surface streets are going to be a mess. Your best bet to get around is with an off-road vehicle. On any given day, the town of Moab just might have the highest number of ATVs, and off-road-ready trucks, Jeeps and SUVs.
7. Best City to Avoid Looting: Heber
Heber has one of the lowest property crime rate in the state, with just 627 property crimes per 100,000 residents (counting towns with populations of 10,000 residents or more). So, if you don’t want your stuff stolen or vandalized on Doomsday, Heber is your city.
8. Best City for Medical Care: Murray
Intermountain Medical Center in Murray is one of Utah’s two Level One Trauma Centers. During an apocalypse, you’ll likely care less about birthing suites and more about top-notch emergency care.
9. Best City to Get the Power Back On: Monticello (and Spanish Fork)
On November 2nd, Monticello got a shiny, new, one million pound transformer that will be installed at the city’s wind farm, which is under construction. The farm is slated for completion by the end of the year and will feature 27 turbines, making it Utah’s largest wind generating farm. In the meantime, your best bet is Spanish Fork, which already has nine turbines.
10. Best City to Party ‘Til the End: Park City
Some Utahns might decide the best course of action is to sit back with a beer (or two) and wait for the inevitable. Park City offers several great bars and many microbreweries.
What do you think? Is your town well-equipped to handle Doomsday? Tell us why in the comments!