Mass Currently Ranked Top 5 Safest States for COVID-19

 by TWIW StaffApril 29, 2021

The newest study by the researchers at ranks Massachusetts the fifth safest state during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The study considered all 50 states and the District of Columbia (Washington D.C.) for a ranking from first to 51st.

Three important metrics support the ranking for Massachusetts, while it lags in two others. Here is how the state ranking in five important areas in the latest report:

  • 2nd – Vaccination Rate
  • 4th – Positive Testing Rate
  • 6th – Transmission Rate
  • 28th – Death Rate
  • 30th – Hospitalization Rate

On a scale of zero to 100, Massachusetts received an overall score of 75.99. Overall score is based on a weighted consideration of each of the individual metrics considered.

The top 5 states for highest vaccination rate are all New England states.

  • 1st - New Hampshire
  • 2nd - Massachusetts
  • 3rd - Connecticut
  • 4th - Maine
  • 5th - Vermont

Only California, Vermont and Hawaii have a lower positive test rate than Massachusetts, which is tied for fourth with Rhode Island.

For transmission rate, only Maine, Michigan, Vermont, Maryland and New Hampshire residents are transmitting the virus less frequently than Massachusetts residents.

The high ranking of other New England states translates into a high overall ranking for New England states. Those state bordering New England are not performing nearly as well.

Overall Rank State Total Score
1 Vermont 85.03
3 Maine 81.17
5 Massachusetts 75.99
7 Rhode Island 73.01
10 New Hampshire 71.14
13 Connecticut 66.97
41 New York 52.65
45 Pennsylvania 42.38
47 New Jersey 39.73

The other states in the top 10 are Hawaii (2nd - 84.10), Alaska (4th - 76.94), California (6th - 74.51), Utah (8th - 72.83) and District of Columbia (9th - 71.26).

The lowest ranked states in overall score are:

Overall Rank State Total Score
42 Tennessee 51.35
43 North Carolina 51.23
44 Mississippi 50.09
45 Pennsylvania 42.38
46 West Virginia 39.97
47 New Jersey 39.73
48 Nevada 39.69
49 Florida 39.53
50 Georgia 37.54
51 Michigan 24.65

To see the ranking of all states and learn more about the methodology used, see the full study at


Image Credit: U.S. Secretary of Defense, COVID-19 vaccination (2020), CC BY 2.0

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