3. A Major City
Major cities may not be on this list for the reasons you think. In many ways, cities will have better backup services and logistical support than suburban or rural areas. The biggest problem initially will be widespread gridlock and looting.
Imagine what would happen if all the traffic lights in a city were to go offline at the same time. If you are planning to drive to a bug-out location, it may be worth the extra time to avoid interstates that go through major metropolitan areas.
A major city can be stressful and unsafe even when the lights are on because there are so many people crammed into a relatively small area. If you head toward any large city after the lights go out, you will be at risk of falling prey to people who are scared enough to kill.
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