With Thanksgiving approaching but many people changing the way they celebrate in order to minimize COVID-19 transmission, the personal-finance website WalletHub today released its report on the Safest States to Spend Thanksgiving, as well as accompanying videos.

WalletHub reports that they compared the 50 states across 10 key metrics to see which 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.

In the study, Rhode Island ranked #17 with a total score of 66.82.

Thanksgiving Safety in Rhode Island (1=Safest; 25=Avg.):

  • 28th – COVID-19 Hospitalization Rate This Week
  • 19th – Share of Multigenerational Households
  • 23rd – Share of Offline Homes
  • 7th – Crime Rate
  • 24th – COVID-19 Death Rate in the Past Week per Capita

As for other states in New England, Vermont ranked #1, Maine #2, New Hampshire #3, Massachusetts #7, and Connecticut #13.

South Dakota was ranked #50 on their list.

For the full report, visit:
https://wallethub.com/edu/states-thanksgiving/80082/

Ryan Belmore is the Publisher of What'sUpNewp. 
Belmore has been involved with What’sUpNewp since shortly after its launch in 2012, proudly leading it to be named Best Local News Blog in Rhode Island by Rhode Island Monthly readers in 2018, 2019, and 2020 and an honorable mention in the Common Good Awards in 2021.

Born and raised in Rhode Island, Belmore graduated from Coventry High School and the Community College of Rhode Island. In addition to living in Newport for 10 years, he has lived in Portsmouth, Coventry, Providence, Smithfield, Burrillville, and East Greenwich.

Belmore currently serves as Vice President of the Board Of Directors for Fort Adams Trust and on the Board of Directors for Potter League For Animals. He previously served on the Board of Lucy's Hearth and the Arts & Cultural Alliance for Newport County.

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In 2020, Belmore was named Member of the Year by LION and won the Arts & Cultural Alliance of Newport County's Dominque Award.
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