Safest States to Spend Thanksgiving – WalletHub Study

With Thanksgiving approaching but many people changing the way they celebrate in order to minimize COVID-19 transmission, the personal-finance website WalletHub today released its report on the Safest States to Spend Thanksgiving, as well as accompanying videos.

WalletHub compared the 50 states across 10 key metrics to see which provide the safest conditions for the Thanksgiving holiday. Our data set includes metrics examining how the state is handling the COVID-19 pandemic, such as positive tests and deaths per capita in the past week, as well as other indicators of general safety like the crime rate and the average number of DUI-related fatalities in November.

20 Safest States to Spend Thanksgiving
1. Vermont 11. Pennsylvania
2. Maine 12. California
3. New Hampshire 13. Connecticut
4. New York 14. Oregon
5. Washington 15. Colorado
6. Virginia 16. Ohio
7. Massachusetts 17. Rhode Island
8. Hawaii 18. Utah
9. New Jersey 19. North Carolina
10. Maryland 20. Kentucky

For the full report and to see your state’s rank, please visit:

Key Stats

  • Hawaii has the lowest number of positive COVID-19 tests in the past week per capita, 51.49, which is 24.6 times lower than in North Dakota, the state with the highest at 1,268.66.
  • Hawaii has one of the lowest COVID-19 death rates in the past week per capita, 2.12, which is 55.7 times lower than in North Dakota, the state with the highest at 118.10.
  • Massachusetts has the lowest property-crime rate per 1,000 residents, 11.80, which is 2.7 times lower than in Louisiana, the state with the highest at 31.62.
  • North Dakota has the lowest share of multigenerational households, 1.17 percent, which is 6.2 times lower than in Hawaii, the state with the highest at 7.26 percent.


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