Updated: Safest States During the COVID-19 Pandemic – WalletHub Study

With around 30% of the population fully vaccinated against COVID-19 as of April 28, and vaccination being an essential component for full reopening of the economy, WalletHub today released updated rankings for the Safest States During COVID-19, along with accompanying videos and audio files.

In order to find out the safest states during the COVID-19 pandemic, WalletHub compared the 50 states and the District of Columbia across five key metrics. Our data set includes the rates of COVID-19 transmission, positive testing, hospitalizations and death, as well as the share of the eligible population getting vaccinated. Below, you can see highlights from the report, along with a WalletHub Q&A.

Safest Least Safe
1. Vermont 42. Tennessee
2. Hawaii 43. North Carolina
3. Maine 44. Mississippi
4. Alaska 45. Pennsylvania
5. Massachusetts 46. West Virginia
6. California 47. New Jersey
7. Rhode Island 48. Nevada
8. Utah 49. Florida
9. District of Columbia 50. Georgia
10. New Hampshire 51. Michigan

Note: Rankings are based on data available as of 12:30 p.m. ET on Wednesday, April 28, 2021.

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WalletHub Q&A

How will warmer weather affect people’s safety in relation to COVID-19?

“Warmer weather should have a positive impact on safety during the COVID-19 pandemic, as restaurants and events will offer socially-distanced outside seating, which is safer than gathering inside. Businesses and events can expand their capacity limits without compromising safety as a result,” said Jill Gonzalez, WalletHub analyst. “We should expect warmer weather, combined with accelerated vaccine distribution, to quicken the pace of reopening.”

What actions can residents take in order to increase the safety of their community and their state?

“The most important thing that residents can do to increase the safety of their community and state is to get vaccinated when they are eligible. While the vaccines being offered have a high efficacy, how well they are able to curb the pandemic also depends on the share of the population that chooses to get vaccinated,” said Jill Gonzalez, WalletHub analyst. “Until we achieve widespread vaccination and get the pandemic under control, people should continue to wear masks in public and practice social distancing to achieve the highest level of safety possible.”

Is Alaska, the state with the lowest death rate, one of the states that is vaccinating most?

“Despite reporting no deaths in the past week, Alaska ranks as the 24th lowest when it comes to the share of the population age 16 and over who have received at least one dose of the vaccine,” said Jill Gonzalez, WalletHub analyst. “Increasing the number of people vaccinated is essential for getting control of the pandemic.”