The population density of the northeast United States is dense, for sure, however there are large regions of low population and wilderness in northern New England.
For folks that are seeking to live in an area that is further away from the many systemic risks and the dependencies on the systems that keep millions alive, you do not necessarily have to look west of the Mississippi River.
The northeast is abundant with rainfall (no irrigation required) and good soil for growing. The growing season is long enough to support a decent crop, particularly if using methods of food preservation to store your bounty. The temperatures vary with the four distinct seasons and are generally cooler than much of the rest during summer and not brutally cold during the winter.
There are two distinct large cities, Boston (population 625,000) and New York (population 8,245,000, the most populous city in the US).
Southern New England is certainly a zone of risk should there be a SHTF breakdown of social order. However it is interesting to overlay 200-mile diameter zones over each of the two major cities, a distance that some may consider to be the maximum typical ‘reach’ of negative influence during a societal collapse.
Now combine what’s left of New England with the population density map above, and you may be surprised to discover that there are lots of ‘safer’ regions to inhabit up north in Vermont, northern New Hampshire, and much of Maine.
It is fairly obvious that Maine offers the most (least population density). In fact, in a previous article, U.S. Nuclear Power Plants-Safe Distance, northern New England appears safer and furthest away from potential nuclear power plant issues.
In any event, for those that are ‘stuck’ in the northeast for one reason or another, there are places there that will offer a high probability of survival should TSHTF in a big way. The key of course will be either having your residence in one of these areas, or having a place to go there.
The northeast is not an ideal solution for insulation of risk during major disaster by any means, when comparing to other choices within the entire country. However if you do happen to be living there (or another high density population region), take a look around you. Search online for density maps of your region. Use them to help you decide where you might go if it all falls apart. Start thinking about it now rather than later. Hopefully you will never have to implement such a plan, but if you do, you will be better prepared.