Nevada Ranks Among Most "Vulnerable" States For Coronavirus

Southern States Worse Off Than The North

Mitch Kelly
May 15, 2020 - 7:30 am
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LAS VEGAS, NV (KXNT) - During the coronavirus pandemic, the news often focuses on the medically vulnerable – people who risk the most serious symptoms if they contract the disease, such as the elderly or people with pre-existing medical conditions.

However, two other at-risk populations are just as crucial to protect – those who lack adequate living conditions and those without enough monetary resources to weather the pandemic.

In order to find out which states have the highest concentrations of vulnerable people across all three categories, the financial website WalletHub compared the 50 states and the District of Columbia across 28 key metrics, ranging from the share of the population aged 65 and older to the share of the homeless population that is unsheltered and the share of the entire population living in poverty.

Overall, the Silver State doesn't fare too well in this survey, ranking as the 18th most vulnerable population.

Hurting Nevada's score the most was a fourth-from-the-bottom ranking in the category of "highest share of unsheltered homeless population". California took the top spot in that category.

By and large, states in the southeast were seen as having the most vulnerable populations, led in the survey by West Virginia, Louisiana, Mississippi, Arkansas and Alabama.

Utah was seen as having the least vulnerable population, with WalletHub ranking the Beehive State as having the lowest percentage of population most vulnerable to COVID-19; those 65 years of age and older.

States ranking just behind Utah: Colorado, Minnesota, Massachusetts and Vermont.

For a look at the full WalletHub study, clock here.