North Carolina over-all has some of the most restrictive COVID-19 prevention measures in the nation, according to a WalletHub study released on Jan. 26.

In a study of state-by-state restrictions, Oklahoma, the 28th largest state by population, ranked first for least restrictive measures and California, the largest state by population, ranked last. North Carolina, the 9th largest state by population, ranked 44th for least restrictive measures.

With the U.S. starting to open up more but a full reopening only possible once the nation achieves widespread vaccination, the personal-finance website WalletHub released updated rankings for the States with the Fewest Coronavirus Restrictions.

To identify which states have the fewest coronavirus restrictions, WalletHub compared the 50 states and the District of Columbia across 14 key metrics. Our data set ranges from whether restaurants are open to whether the state has required face masks in public and workplace temperature screenings.

Here’s how North Carolina measured up:

Coronavirus Restrictions in North Carolina (1=Fewest, 25=Avg.):

  • 18th – State Guidance on Customer Health Checks at Restaurants
  • 26th – Large Gatherings Restrictions
  • 48th – Strictness of “Shelter in Place” Order
  • 34th – Reopening of Non-Essential Businesses
  • 22nd – Reopening of Restaurants and Bars

Note: Rankings are based on data available as of 12:30 p.m. ET on January 25, 2021.

Here’s how all the states measured up:

States with the Fewest COVID-19 Restrictions

Overall Rank StateTotal Score Delta in Overall Rank
vs. Oct. 6, 2020 
1Oklahoma84.693
2South Dakota81.63-1
3Iowa76.052
4Arkansas75.856
5Florida75.516
6Utah75.20-3
7Missouri73.471
8Wisconsin72.65-2
9Alaska72.313
10South Carolina71.609
11Kansas67.216
12Alabama66.332
13Montana65.9915
14Idaho65.68-12
14North Dakota65.68-5
16Wyoming65.37-9
17Nebraska64.804
18Georgia62.04-5
19Tennessee59.05-1
20Indiana57.42-5
21Mississippi57.351
22Louisiana56.803
23New Hampshire51.363
24Maryland50.880
25West Virginia47.722
26Kentucky45.7811
27Nevada44.97-7
28Texas43.067
29Michigan42.551
30Arizona42.0415
31Ohio40.51-15
32Minnesota39.860
33Delaware39.35-2
34New Jersey39.0113
35Pennsylvania37.627
36Rhode Island36.05-7
37Oregon35.587
38Colorado33.888
39New York33.67-1
40Maine33.548
41Connecticut32.52-2
42Illinois31.74-19
43Hawaii28.648
44North Carolina26.26-11
45Vermont26.05-4
46Washington24.83-10
47New Mexico23.50-13
48District of Columbia21.63-5
49Massachusetts21.090
50Virginia18.57-10
51California16.67-1
Note: Rankings are based on data available as of 12:30 p.m. ET on Monday, January 25, 2021.

Although North Carolina is the 9th largest state by population, its COVID-19 death toll ranks 30th in the nation. Recent surges following Election Day, Thanksgiving Break, and Christmas Break led to more restrictive measures being reinstated in the state.

COVID-19 Death Rate vs Restrictions

Note: Rank 1 on the “COVID19 Death Rate Ranking” means fewest deaths and Rank 1 on “Fewest Restrictions Ranking” means the fewest restrictions in place.

North Carolina similarly ranks 31st in the nation for unemployment.

Unemployment Ranking vs Restrictions Ranking