With more than a third of Americans reporting that the COVID-19 pandemic has hurt their mental health, social distancing has proved to be just as stressful as it is necessary. In light of this, the personal-finance website WalletHub released its report on the States Where Social Distancing Is Most Difficult on April 27.

To identify where social distancing is the hardest, WalletHub compared the 50 states and the District of Columbia across 13 key metrics. To collect their data, WalletHub examined a variety of factors that could measure the impact of social distancing, including how supportive relationships are in particular states to how much citizens spent on social activities before COVID-19.

Alongside this report, WalletHub also released a Social Distancing Survey, which asked a range of questions from how social distancing makes Americans feel to what protective clothing they wear and how often they go outside.

Metrics that Contribute to the Difficulty of Social Distancing in Colorado (1= Creates the Most Difficulty, 25=Avg.):

  • 1st – Share of Population Physically Active
  • 28th – Mean Time Spent in Home
  • 6th – Share of Consumer Expenditures Related to Social Activities (pre-COVID-19)
  • 11th – Travel & Tourism Consumer Spending per Capita
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