In which I discuss zombie survival tactics.
Survival where you live depends a lot on proximity.
Hospitals? Bad. Really bad. Depending on the type of zombie outbreak - affecting the living via a virus or other vector, that place is a zombie breeding ground. It it's a reanimation type outbreak, well, the dead are taken there first so they're most likely to come from there.
Cemeteries, I'm iffy - I mean there has to be some sort of vector, so unless there's some sort of poisonous fog that penetrates the ground and reanimates corpses, not likely. Unless there are a bunch of people buried that were somehow infected and all of a sudden burst out of their graves. So again, meh.
Shopping malls - well here's just one more reason to never go there. If the outbreak is caused by some airborne or contact vector - say a protovirus or fungus like the one that gets those ants - let's just say that's probably the best place to go if you want to be a zombie.
Military bases - be cautious. 99% of military bases don't do any kind of research, and most people know when they live near one that does. The danger here is that there are people going to and coming from all parts of the world, so dog knows what they're bringing back. All kinds of weird third-world viruses and bacteria find their way into the US through this vector.
Airports - especially if you include airplanes, this method of travel is probably one of the worst for propagating a zombie outbreak. The airport itself is just a huge crush of humanity (or potentially un-humanity in this case) where you just can't trust the person next to you. I mean, where was he yesterday? Deep in the Congo? You just don't know. And that cough could infect you with the zombie virus even though he hasn't developed any symptoms yet. Airplanes are worse. They don't properly filter their cabin air, so one good hacking cough could potentially infect the entire airplane. Think about that the next time you turn on the air vents. Don't believe me? H1N1 and other diseases came into the US through this exact vector. So even if you didn't get infected. plan on your life being hell when the CDC gets a hold of your ass.
Primary schools are pretty benign, but stay the hell away from universities for similar reasons above. After any break, people are coming from dog knows where, and bringing back germs, some of which Science has never heard of.
Grocery stores are probably pretty safe. People in grocery stores hardly make eye contact with each other. And, you're going to want to nick as much of that food as possible if you're going to be forced to hold up.
Home Improvement stores - same as above, but plan on nabbing as much 3/4" marine plywood as you can, and a rotozip for cutting gun ports.
Gun stores. Duh. Just make sure you can get there first.
Fast food. Probably irrelevant but if you can get a big bag of Big Macs, yell 'brains' and throw them into the zombie throng, they might actually eat one which I suspect would kill them on the spot.
At the end of the day though, location, location, location. If you're awesome enough to own an airplane, make sure you're never more than five minutes from it. For the rest of us though, the key thing is getting the fark out of town as quickly as possible. Basically have an exit strategy. To that end, that convenient interstate is probably the worst - here in Sacto you'd be fighting all the traffic from the Bay Area and I80 would just be a parking lot. Know your back roads, the old roads. I'm admittedly not optimally located, but I know a few routes that would get me over the river and into the back country in a heartbeat. Pick a safe town and go there frequently enough that the locals will know you, so when you roll in before the word gets that far, they'll know you and trust you and be thankful that all the shit you stole from the gun store will add to their arsenal nicely (make sure that if you have to choose between ammo and guns, get a few guns and more ammo). Expect to be quarantined, and once accepted into the fold make sure that anyone else that comes along gets quarantined as well. If you want to be totally safe, identify any houses/time shares that are normally empty and go there - and trust no one. The downside there is that the food will run out faster though.
Speaking of food, it's good to know at least three friends that can actually do something. I mean, not writing survival guides, but have real skills like gardening and construction. Ideally you'll have friends that have two or three skills so there's some overlap in case you have to blow one of their heads off.
I speak mostly to the 'head for the hills' because that's the area around here - Actual zombies aren't likely to deal with the geography, at least for a while, so you mostly just have to make sure any refugee is not infected. On the plains is a bit rougher but at the same time actual zombies aren't likely to just wander off to the next town, since they don't have any real brains and don't know where that is anyway. Best bet is to get far enough away that you don't get caught when the Air Force decides to nuke the place and be done with it - 20 miles minimum.