There are a lot of lists out there that rank states by their livability, and Idahoans are rightly proud to see that their state is rising through those rankings with each passing year. The Treasure Valley in particular boasts of a climate that's friendly to businesses and families, access to higher education and a booming tech sector.
According to real estate website Estately.com, it's also practically zombie-proof
, ranking fourth in the nation for its resistance to the undead. The ranking was determined by a rubric that includes measures like the numbers of active and veteran military personnel, and gun owners in states, their relative physical fitness, survival skills and martial arts proficiency.
While some of these metrics are fuzzy—how do you measure a state's knowledge of vast swarms of reanimated corpses hostile to medical science?—what's less dubious is Idaho's slippage in the ranking of states that pay their low-wage earners the least. According to the Spokesman-Review
, Idaho has dipped to second in the nation, behind Tennessee, in the rankings of states that pay the most workers the minimum wage
The report, filed by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, indicated that the percentage of Idahoans working for the state's $7.25-per-hour minimum wage, slipped from 7.4 percent in 2012 to 7.1 percent in 2013. The national average is 4.3 percent. Nevertheless, Tennessee ranks 43rd out of 51 on the zombieocalypse survivability scale, likely because it ranks 49th on its citizens' access to paintball facilities, 40 on their access to laser tag, 41 in the number of active military personnel in the state and, cripplingly, 46th in physical fitness.