South Carolina Ranked Among The Least Safe States To Live in During the Pandemic

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With around 51% of the population fully vaccinated against COVID-19, and vaccination being essential for getting the economy back on track, WalletHub today released updated rankings for the Safest States During COVID-19.

In order to find out the safest states during the COVID-19 pandemic, the site 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.

South Carolina was ranked among the bottom ten states in the nation at #43 and North Carolina ranked among the bottom half of states at #32.

Safest States During COVID

Overall Rank*  State Total Score 
1 Vermont 99.00
2 Connecticut 95.43
3 Massachusetts 94.63
4 Maine 93.80
5 Rhode Island 93.54
6 Maryland 93.47
7 District of Columbia 92.60
8 New Hampshire 91.69
9 New York 91.62
10 New Jersey 91.61
11 Pennsylvania 91.05
12 California 90.39
13 Hawaii 90.17
14 Delaware 89.71
15 Illinois 89.05
16 Minnesota 88.51
17 Colorado 88.14
18 Virginia 87.97
19 Wisconsin 87.60
20 New Mexico 84.98
21 Alaska 84.46
22 Michigan 84.08
23 Ohio 83.99
24 North Dakota 83.47
25 Washington 83.41
26 Utah 83.03
27 Iowa 82.36
28 Oregon 82.05
29 West Virginia 81.78
30 Nebraska 80.53
31 Arizona 79.87
32 North Carolina 79.11
33 Montana 76.28
34 Indiana 75.79
35 Wyoming 75.43
36 South Dakota 74.14
37 Kansas 73.65
38 Kentucky 70.74
39 Florida 67.98
40 Texas 66.79
41 Missouri 66.30
42 South Carolina 66.28
43 Tennessee 65.78
44 Georgia 65.52
45 Alabama 61.52
46 Oklahoma 61.25
47 Idaho 54.39
48 Nevada 53.28
49 Arkansas 47.32
50 Mississippi 44.81
51 Louisiana 35.07

Note: *No. 1 = Safest
Rankings are based on data available as of 12:30 p.m. ET on Thursday, August 18, 2021.

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