The sun is shining, the weather is warm and after more than a year of staying at home, people are ready to travel. We are, however, still in a pandemic, and that has to be considered when looking at the safest bets for your summer vacation.
- New Mexico, Rhode Island and Hawaii are the safest states for summer travel.
- Ohio, Georgia and California ranked last on our list of safest states for summer travel.
- Oklahoma, Illinois and Texas were the safest when considered on driving factors alone.
- Vermont, Rhode Island and Hawaii ranked highest on COVID-19 and health factors alone.
To find the safest states for summer travel, we evaluated each state based on six different health and safety factors. COVID-19 case rates, vaccination rates and the number of accidents, speeding tickets and DUIs were all considered. In the end, our analysts found that New Mexico is the safest state for summer travel.
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While more and more people are getting vaccinated every day, the ongoing coronavirus pandemic was a major factor in our evaluation. When measured on health factors alone, we found that Vermont is the safest place for summer travel.
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Airline travel is starting to make a comeback, but more people will be driving to that summer getaway. After looking at each state’s number of accidents, speeding tickets and DUIs, we found that Oklahoma is the safest place for that long road trip.
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According to the U.S. Travel Association, Americans are expected to spend 20% more on summer travel this year than they did in 2020. That’s nowhere near pre-pandemic levels, but there will be a lot more people out on the road or at the beach. Despite a rising number of vaccinations and declining COVID-19 case and death rates, the coronavirus is still very much here. We felt the ongoing pandemic needed to be a major factor in our evaluation of the safest states for summer vacation.
QuoteWizard analyzed six safety metrics, adults with two doses of the COVID-19 vaccine, accidents, speeding, DUIs and COVID-19 cases and deaths. Each metric was ranked on a 1-50 scale, with an ascending score representing the least safe to safest conditions for specific state travel. We then determined each state’s safety ranking by averaging across all metric scores to calculate its overall ranking and used the resulting scores to rank-order each state.
Adult COVID-19 vaccination rates: QuoteWizard analyzed CDC data on adults who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Our ranking is based on states that had the lowest to highest percentages of vaccinated adults as of May 20, 2021.
Dangerous driving states: These rankings are compiled from QuoteWizard’s annual best and worst driver study. Each state's driver quality ranking is based on the rate of accidents, speeding tickets and DUIs.
COVID-19 case and death rates: We looked at CDC data on United States COVID-19 Cases and Deaths by State per 100K in the last seven days from all 50 states.
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