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Virginia Is The State With The Most Coronavirus Restrictions

With states opening up more but a full reopening only possible once most of the population has been vaccinated, the personal-finance website WalletHub has released updated rankings for the States with the Fewest Coronavirus Restrictions, as well as accompanying videos and audio files.

To identify which states have the fewest coronavirus restrictions, WalletHub compared the 50 states and the District of Columbia across 14 key metrics. The data set ranges from whether restaurants are open to whether the state has required face masks in public and workplace temperature screenings. Below, you can see highlights from the report.

States with the Fewest COVID-19 Restrictions

Overall Rank StateTotal Score Delta in Overall Rank vs. January 26, 2021 
1Iowa92.382
2South Carolina84.528
3Oklahoma83.33-2
4Idaho81.4610
5South Dakota80.27-3
6Alaska79.123
7Utah77.93-1
8Florida75.51-3
9Tennessee74.8310
10Montana72.793
11North Dakota72.483
12Missouri72.11-5
13Arkansas71.77-9
14Wisconsin71.29-6
15Nebraska69.562
16Alabama69.05-4
17Georgia66.801
18Kansas65.85-7
19Louisiana61.573
20Indiana59.730
21Mississippi55.990
22New Hampshire54.081
23Ohio51.408
24Wyoming48.91-8
25Arizona46.805
26West Virginia45.61-1
27Maryland45.44-3
28Kentucky44.42-2
29Nevada43.61-2
30Illinois43.4412
31Michigan41.19-2
32Pennsylvania40.343
33Texas38.98-5
34Minnesota38.50-2
35Oregon38.302
36New Jersey37.65-2
37Delaware37.31-4
38Rhode Island35.92-2
39New York35.580
40Maine32.180
41Connecticut31.160
42Washington28.784
43Colorado28.44-5
44New Mexico27.593
45North Carolina26.94-1
46Massachusetts23.813
47California22.794
48Hawaii22.52-5
49District of Columbia21.63-1
50Vermont20.61-5
51Virginia17.21-1

Note: Rankings are based on data available as of 12:30 p.m. ET on Monday, March 1, 2021.

Overtime Changes to State Social Distancing Measures

StateOverall Rank, as of March 2, 2021 Overall Rank, as of January 26, 2021 Overall Rank, as of October 6, 2020 
Iowa135
South Carolina21019
Oklahoma314
Idaho4142
South Dakota521
Alaska6912
Utah763
Florida8511
Tennessee91918
Montana101328
North Dakota11149
Missouri1278
Arkansas13410
Wisconsin1486
Nebraska151721
Alabama161214
Georgia171813
Kansas181117
Louisiana192225
Indiana202015
Mississippi212122
New Hampshire222326
Wyoming24167
Arizona253045
Maryland272424
Kentucky282637
Nevada292720
Illinois304223
West Virginia262527
Michigan312930
Pennsylvania323542
Ohio233116
Texas332835
Minnesota343232
Oregon353744
New Jersey363447
Delaware373331
Rhode Island383629
New York393938
Maine404048
Connecticut414139
Washington424636
Colorado433846
California475150
North Carolina454433
Massachusetts464949
New Mexico444734
Hawaii484351
District of Columbia494843
Vermont504541
Virginia515040

Note: As the situation with the coronavirus pandemic has evolved, we have updated the methodology of this report to reflect the actions easing social distancing measures the most at the time of publication.

COVID-19 Death Rate vs Restrictions

StateFewest Restrictions RankingCOVID19 Death Rate RankingCategory
OH2336Few restrictions & High COVID19 Death Rate
SC219Few restrictions & Low COVID19 Death Rate
AZ2547Few restrictions & High COVID19 Death Rate
GA1743Few restrictions & High COVID19 Death Rate
AL1648Few restrictions & High COVID19 Death Rate
KS1835Few restrictions & High COVID19 Death Rate
NV2924Many restrictions & Low COVID19 Death Rate
DE3745Many restrictions & High COVID19 Death Rate
RI3850Many restrictions & High COVID19 Death Rate
CA4749Many restrictions & High COVID19 Death Rate
MA4633Many restrictions & High COVID19 Death Rate
FL840Few restrictions & High COVID19 Death Rate
NM4439Many restrictions & High COVID19 Death Rate
MS2138Few restrictions & High COVID19 Death Rate
NC4525Many restrictions & Low COVID19 Death Rate
NJ3642Many restrictions & High COVID19 Death Rate
MO1229Few restrictions & High COVID19 Death Rate
PA3230Many restrictions & High COVID19 Death Rate
OK346Few restrictions & High COVID19 Death Rate
NY3932Many restrictions & High COVID19 Death Rate
AR1316Few restrictions & Low COVID19 Death Rate
IA137Few restrictions & High COVID19 Death Rate
CT4122Many restrictions & Low COVID19 Death Rate
IN2028Few restrictions & High COVID19 Death Rate
TX3344Many restrictions & High COVID19 Death Rate
TN934Few restrictions & High COVID19 Death Rate
KY2841Many restrictions & High COVID19 Death Rate
LA1927Few restrictions & High COVID19 Death Rate
MD2721Many restrictions & Low COVID19 Death Rate
DC4917Many restrictions & Low COVID19 Death Rate
WV2618Many restrictions & Low COVID19 Death Rate
WY2410Few restrictions & Low COVID19 Death Rate
NH226Few restrictions & Low COVID19 Death Rate
IL3015Many restrictions & Low COVID19 Death Rate
OR358Many restrictions & Low COVID19 Death Rate
MI3111Many restrictions & Low COVID19 Death Rate
WA4212Many restrictions & Low COVID19 Death Rate
SD526Few restrictions & High COVID19 Death Rate
NE1513Few restrictions & Low COVID19 Death Rate
MT109Few restrictions & Low COVID19 Death Rate
WI1420Few restrictions & Low COVID19 Death Rate
VA5151Many restrictions & High COVID19 Death Rate
ID414Few restrictions & Low COVID19 Death Rate
CO435Many restrictions & Low COVID19 Death Rate
UT723Few restrictions & Low COVID19 Death Rate
MN344Many restrictions & Low COVID19 Death Rate
AK61Few restrictions & Low COVID19 Death Rate
ME4031Many restrictions & High COVID19 Death Rate
VT507Many restrictions & Low COVID19 Death Rate
ND113Few restrictions & Low COVID19 Death Rate
HI482Many restrictions & Low COVID19 Death Rate

Note: Rank 1 on the “COVID19 Death Rate Ranking” means fewest deaths and Rank 1 on “Fewest Restrictions Ranking” means the fewest restrictions in place.

Unemployment Ranking vs Restrictions Ranking

StateFewest Restrictions RankingUnemployment RankingCategory
MD2728Many restrictions & High Unemployment Rate
NC4528Many restrictions & High Unemployment Rate
OR3528Many restrictions & High Unemployment Rate
WV2632Many restrictions & High Unemployment Rate
NE151Few restrictions & Low Unemployment Rate
SD53Few restrictions & Low Unemployment Rate
IA14Few restrictions & Low Unemployment Rate
UT74Few restrictions & Low Unemployment Rate
KS186Few restrictions & Low Unemployment Rate
AL167Few restrictions & Low Unemployment Rate
NH228Few restrictions & Low Unemployment Rate
AR139Few restrictions & Low Unemployment Rate
IN209Few restrictions & Low Unemployment Rate
ND1111Few restrictions & Low Unemployment Rate
ID412Few restrictions & Low Unemployment Rate
MT1012Few restrictions & Low Unemployment Rate
VT501Many restrictions & Low Unemployment Rate
MN3414Many restrictions & Low Unemployment Rate
MS2127Few restrictions & High Unemployment Rate
AK628Few restrictions & High Unemployment Rate
TN933Few restrictions & High Unemployment Rate
SC214Few restrictions & Low Unemployment Rate
WY2414Few restrictions & Low Unemployment Rate
ME4017Many restrictions & Low Unemployment Rate
DE3719Many restrictions & Low Unemployment Rate
OH2320Few restrictions & Low Unemployment Rate
OK320Few restrictions & Low Unemployment Rate
WI1422Few restrictions & Low Unemployment Rate
GA1723Few restrictions & Low Unemployment Rate
KY2824Many restrictions & Low Unemployment Rate
FL825Few restrictions & Low Unemployment Rate
MO1225Few restrictions & Low Unemployment Rate
PA3234Many restrictions & High Unemployment Rate
LA1935Few restrictions & High Unemployment Rate
MA4636Many restrictions & High Unemployment Rate
TX3336Many restrictions & High Unemployment Rate
WA4238Many restrictions & High Unemployment Rate
AZ2539Few restrictions & High Unemployment Rate
MI3139Many restrictions & High Unemployment Rate
NJ3641Many restrictions & High Unemployment Rate
CT4142Many restrictions & High Unemployment Rate
IL3042Many restrictions & High Unemployment Rate
DC4944Many restrictions & High Unemployment Rate
NM4445Many restrictions & High Unemployment Rate
RI3845Many restrictions & High Unemployment Rate
NY3947Many restrictions & High Unemployment Rate
CO4348Many restrictions & High Unemployment Rate
CA4749Many restrictions & High Unemployment Rate
VA5117Many restrictions & Low Unemployment Rate
HI4850Many restrictions & High Unemployment Rate
NV2950Many restrictions & High Unemployment Rate

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