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Did Florida make the list for safest states to spend Thanksgiving? Find out

Special to Gannett

WalletHub, the personal finance website known for ranking states on various topics, recently released the list for safest places to spend Thanksgiving.

WalletHub compared the 50 states across 10 key metrics to see which ones provide the safest conditions for the Thanksgiving holiday.

Their 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.

Florida ranked 28th, ahead of Idaho, Georgia and Alaska. The top state to safely spend Thanksgiving in is Vermont, according to WalletHub. The least safe according to the study is South Dakota.

20 Safest States to Spend Thanksgiving according to WalletHub

1. Vermont

2. Maine

3. New Hampshire

4. New York

5. Washington

6. Virginia

7. Massachusetts

8. Hawaii

9. New Jersey

10. Maryland

11. Pennsylvania

12. California

13. Connecticut

14. Oregon

15. Colorado

16. Ohio

17. Rhode Island

18. Utah

19. North Carolina

20. Kentucky

WalletHub Methodology

In order to identify the safest states to spend Thanksgiving, WalletHub compared the 50 states across 10 relevant metrics, which are listed below with their corresponding weights. Each metric was graded on a 100-point scale, with a score of 100 representing the safest conditions for Thanksgiving celebrations.

Each state’s average was determined as a weighted average across all metrics to calculate its overall score and resulting scores to rank-order the states.

  • COVID-19 Death Rate in the Past Week per Capita: Triple Weight (~18.75 Points)
  • COVID-19 Positive Tests in the Past Week per Capita: Double Weight (~12.50 Points)
  • COVID-19 Hospitalization Rate This Week: Double Weight (~12.50 Points)
  • Requirement to Wear a Face Mask in Public: Full Weight (~6.25 Points)
  • Share of Multigenerational Households: Full Weight (~6.25 Points)
  • State Guidance on Customer Health Checks at Restaurants: Full Weight (~6.25 Points)
  • Note: This metric refers to whether states have issued guidance on customer health checks at restaurants.
  • Share of Offline Homes: Full Weight (~6.25 Points)
  • Note: This metric serves as a proxy for states where people would not be able to have at least a Zoom call with their loved ones. It measures the share of households lacking a computer and a broadband Internet service.
  • Crime Rate: Double Weight (~12.50 Points)
  • Pedestrian Fatalities per Capita: Full Weight (~6.25 Points)
  • DUI-Related Fatalities in Motor Vehicle Crashes Around Thanksgiving per Capita: Double Weight (~12.50 Points)

 Sources: Data used to create this ranking were collected from the U.S. Census Bureau, Federal Bureau of Investigation, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Kaiser Family Foundation, National Restaurant Association and The COVID Tracking Project.