Michigan surprisingly ranking in the top 10 of states slowing down the most during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Ohio and Indiana ranked among the worse states in this study.  We'll talk about the 6 key metrics that Wallethub.com used to compare the 50 states to come up with these results after we look at the top (and bottom) 10.

Top 10 States Slowing Down the Most During the COVID-19 Pandemic

#1 Hawaii
#2 New York
#3 New Jersey
#4 Vermont
#5 Nevada
#6 Florida
#7 California
#8 Montana
#9 Michigan 
#10 Massachusetts

Are you seeing the red flags in these results that I'm seeing?  Eight of the states in the top 10 above are also in the top 10 of most Covid-19 cases in the U.S.  So, maybe these states are now slowing down only after being overwhelmed by the virus?

Top 10 States Slowing Down the Least During the COVID-19 Pandemic

#1 Nebraska
#2 Kansas
#3 Arkansas
#4 Kentucky
#5 Iowa
#6 Alabama
#7 Ohio
#8 Indiana
#9 Tennessee
#10 West Virginia

Source: WalletHub

How did WalletHub come up with these results?

Methodology

In order to identify the states that have slowed down the most during the COVID-19 pandemic, WalletHub compared the 50 states across six 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 most slowed down.

We then determined the weighted average across all metrics to calculate an overall score for each state and used the resulting scores to rank-order our sample.

  • Retail & Recreation Mobility Changes: Full Weight (~16.67 Points)
    Note: This metric measures the percentage point increase or decrease in visits for places like restaurants, cafes, shopping centers, theme parks, museums, libraries, and movie theatres.
  • Grocery & Pharmacy Mobility Changes: Full Weight (~16.67 Points)
    Note: This metric measures the percentage point increase or decrease in visits for places like grocery markets, food warehouses, farmers markets, specialty food shops, drug stores, and pharmacies.
  • Parks Mobility Changes: Full Weight (~16.67 Points)
    Note: This metric measures the percentage point increase or decrease in visits for places like national parks, public beaches, marinas, dog parks, plazas, and public gardens.
  • Transit Stations Mobility Changes: Full Weight (~16.67 Points)
    Note: This metric measures the percentage point increase or decrease in visits for places like public transport hubs such as subway, bus, and train stations.
  • Workplaces Mobility Changes: Full Weight (~16.67 Points)
    Note: This metric measures the percentage point increase or decrease in visits for places of work.
  • Residential Mobility Changes: Full Weight (~16.67 Points)
    Note: This metric measures the percentage point increase or decrease in visits for places of residence.

Sources: Data used to create this ranking were collected from the Google COVID-19 Community Mobility Report.


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