Imagine being a vampire and having to always search for your next warm bodied prey, dodge the rays of sun, and evade being discovered. Indeed, being a vampire isn’t easy but it turns out there are some U.S. cities where a vampire can be a vampire in all its undead glory. Surprisingly, Philadelphia ranked #4 in the best U.S. cities to be a vampire. Welcome to the city of vampirely love!
The Vampire-Friendly Ranking
A study done by Love Lawn is responsible for the ranking. The methodology behind it all is actually impressive. It looked for cities with plenty of warm bodies, blood centers, and vampire-friendly dwellings (aka casket suppliers and homes with basements).
Furthermore, it also considered community and entertainment factors, such as vampire groups and tours. Of course, deterrents like sunshine and garlic festivals were also included. Overall, the data was composed based on a total of 17 metrics.
While New York City took the number one spot followed by Chicago and Columbus, Philadelphia sits warmly in fourth place. Here is a breakdown of how Philly earned a slot in the top 5:
- No. 4: Philadelphia | Overall score: 46.41
- Number of Potential Victims: 1,567,258 | Rank: No. 6
- Number of Blood Drives: 45 | Rank: No. 4
- Number of Casket Suppliers: 16 | Rank: No. 8 (tie)
- Historical Cloud Cover: 265 | Rank: No. 1 (tie)
- Number of Nightlife Options: 176 | Rank: No. 12
The Need For Blood
Vampires aren’t the only ones who need blood. This study was done to draw attention to the ongoing national blood shortage. The American Red Cross declared a national blood shortage September 11th, 2023. Sadly, the shortage continues.
Blood shortages can deter and delay life-saving medical procedures. Blood shortages can also impact transfusions that are needed to sustain life due to illnesses such as sickle cell anemia.