COVID-19 Pandemic State Death Rates: Highest, Lowest

February 9, 2021
Grace Halsey

In the state with the highest COVID-19 death rate, 1 in every 406 residents has died; in the state with the lowest rate, the number is 1 in every 3436. Which states are they?

In the US states hit hardest by the coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, more than 1 in every 500 residents have died from infection with the virus. In the state where the death toll has been lowest, the rate is 1 of every 3436 residents.

Among organizations compiling data on the COVID-19 pandemic's deepening toll in the United States, online news outlet Axios recently drew on updates from the Coronavirus Resource Center at Johns Hopkins and the COVID Tracking Project to calculate death rates by state.

In the short slide show below, we provide the 10 states with the highest rates of death from COVID-19, the 10 with the lowest, and the 10 roughly in the middle range.


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