The Loneliest States
This Holiday Season

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The Loneliest States This 2020 Holiday Season

This holiday season is very different from the past. We’re living in the COVID-19 era, which might mean there will be no celebrations, no family gatherings. In other words, this holiday season may be a lonely season for many Americans.

51 U.S states were measured against 7 different metrics (as below) to reveal the loneliest states these holidays. The higher the OVERALL score – with 10 being the highest possible score, and 0 being the lowest possible – the lonelier the state is.

jobUnemployment rate

lonelyPercentage of people living alone

immigrationPercentage of immigrants

covid symptomNumber of COVID-19 reported cases

deathNumber of COVID-19 reported deaths

social Social distancing policy

airplane Traveler quarantine order

State job lonely immigration covid symptom death social distancing airplane Overall
Rhode Island
6,03
4,63
4,82
1,26
5,57
10
6,25
5,51
New Mexico
5,09
3,19
3,08
7,92
8
8
6,25
5,47
California
6,47
1,92
10
0,35
1,45
8
10
5,46
New York
5,34
4,43
8,29
0,4
1,29
8
8,75
5,21
Massachusetts
5,26
3,69
6,25
1,06
1,83
10
7,5
5,08
New Jersey
2,76
2,83
8,69
0,66
2,36
10
7,5
4,97
Hawaii
10
2,36
7,05
0,2
0
6
7,5
4,73
Washington
3,71
2,92
5,3
0,3
0,89
10
10
4,73
Kansas
2,07
3,89
2,23
3,08
6,55
6
8,75
4,65
Connecticut
3,71
3,85
5,26
1,21
2,97
6
7,5
4,36
North Carolina
3,28
3,69
2,71
0,71
1,76
6
0
2,59
Virginia
2,33
3,34
4,42
0,45
1,29
6
0
2,55
Utah
1,29
0
2,79
0,86
6,63
6
0
2,51
Alabama
2,67
4,17
0,8
1,41
2,37
6
0
2,49
Mississippi
3,1
4,34
0,2
1,41
2,35
6
0
2,49
Missouri
1,21
4,33
1,08
0,71
4,03
6
0
2,48
Wisconsin
1,64
4,43
1,39
2,32
6,4
0
0
2,31
Iowa
1,03
4,09
1,59
2,73
6,67
0
0
2,3
South Carolina
1,38
3,84
1,59
1,16
1,55
6
0
2,22
Tennessee
2,41
3,74
1,55
2,12
3,29
2
0
2,16

*This table only shows top 10 loneliest states and top 10 least lonely states. You can find the full list of 51 states here

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Top 5 Loneliest States this holiday season

Rhode Island

New Mexico

California

New York

Massachusetts

celebration

Top 5 least lonely states this holiday season

Tennessee
South Carolina
Iowa
Wisconsin
Missouri

Methodology

We researched 7 different factors that can make U.S residents lonely this Christmas and New Year Eve. To standardize our results and find the overall score, all 7 factors have been evenly ranked between 0-10. The lowest possible score is 0 and the highest possible score is 10. Here is the formula we used to get our results:

Score (i)=10 . ( ( (x(i) – x (min) ) / ( (x(max) – x(min) ) )

Metrics

Unemployment rate

No one can fully enjoy Christmas without a job. When you’re unemployed, you won’t have money for celebrations. That’s why we take this factor into account.

Data is sourced from: https://www.bls.gov/news.release/laus.nr0.htm (As of September 2020)

job

Percentage of people living alone

lonely
We looked into the percentage of single-person households in each state. Data is sourced from: census.gov (As of 2019)

Percentage of immigrants

Many immigrants are still struggling to blend in with their communities. That’s why it’s hard for them to find a companion this holiday season.

We looked into the percentage of the foreign-born population in each state.

Data is sourced from: census.gov (As of 2019)

immigration

Number of COVID-19 reported cases

covid symptom

Undeniably, the pandemic brings depression, grief, and loss – all bring Americans loneliness this holiday.

Data is sourced from: https://www.washingtonpost.com/graphics/2020/national/coronavirus-us-cases-deaths/ (As of November 24th, 2020)

Number of COVID-19 reported deaths

Social distancing policy

social distancing

We looked into the detailed policies of each state. The stricter the policies, the higher the “loneliness score”.

Data is sourced from:

https://www.nga.org/coronavirus-mitigation-actions/

https://www.kff.org/coronavirus-covid-19/issue-brief/state-data-and-policy-actions-to-address-coronavirus/

(As of November 20th, 2020)

Traveler quarantine order

Such order can make it hard for families to be with each other this holiday. That’s why the stricter the order, the higher the “loneliness score”.

Data is sourced from:

https://www.nga.org/traveler-quarantine-order-guidance-covid-19/ (As of November 24th, 2020)

airplane

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