Safest US States during COVID-19: Data on Transmission, Positive Testing, Hospitalizations, & More

Which states have the highest vaccination rates? What about the lowest death rate? Results from a recent nationwide comparison on the safest states during COVID-19 shed light.

What does safety mean at the state level during the COVID-19 pandemic?

According to authors of a new survey by Wallet Hub, a state's safety "quotient" is a measure of how well they have kept the pandemic under control since it began this time last year and how effective their vaccination rollout is so far. Based on this criteria, the survey found that some US states are currently safer than others.

To create a ranking from most to least safe, Wallet Hub compared the 50 states and the District of Columbia across 5 key COVID-19-related metrics: Vaccination rate, positive testing rate, hospitalization rate, death rate, and transmission rate. Data used to create the ranking were collected from the US Census Bureau, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, The COVID-19 Tracking Project, and epiforecasts.io. Scroll through the slides below to find out key results.