New report card grades Pa., states on their social distancing efforts | The Numbers Racket

Using a combination of maps and GPS data, one company has graded the United States, states and counties on their performance during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

How did Pennsylvania stack up? Let’s find out …

According to the Unacast scorecard, the grade scale works like this: 

To get an A: >40% decrease

To get a B: 30-40% decrease

To get a C: 20-30% decrease

To get a D: 10-20% decrease

To get an F: <10% decrease or increase

The top 5 states

  1. District of Columbia, A (For Unacast purposes, D.C. is calculated as a state)
  2. Alaska, A
  3. Nevada, A
  4. New Jersey, A
  5. Rhode Island, A

The bottom 5 states

  1. Oregon, C
  2. New Mexico, C
  3. Idaho, D
  4. Montana, D
  5. Wyoming, F

Pennsylvania has seen a 45 percent decrease in average distance traveled since social distancing measures were announced. 

Top 5 Pa. counties

  1. Montgomery County, A
  2. Delaware County, A
  3. Chester County, A
  4. Bucks County, A
  5. Philadelphia County, A

Note: The five counties listed above are all under stay-at-home orders from Gov. Tom Wolf. None of the bottom five counties are currently under stay-at-home orders. 

Bottom 5 Pa. counties

  1. Clearfield County, F
  2. Fulton County, F
  3. Bedford County, F
  4. Jefferson County, F
  5. Clinton County, F


  • Erie County earned an A for its 40 percent decrease in average distance traveled since social distancing measures were announced. The northwestern county also went under stay-at-home orders on Tuesday.
  • Allegheny County has a decrease of 50 percent in the average distance traveled since social distancing measures were announced, receiving an A.
  • North-central Union County has seen a 30 percent decrease in the average distance traveled, earning it a B.


Cassie Miller
A native Pennsylvanian, Cassie Miller worked for various publications across the Midstate before joining the team at the Pennsylvania Capital-Star. In her previous roles, she has covered everything from local sports to the financial services industry. Miller has an extensive background in magazine writing, editing and design. She is a graduate of Penn State University where she served as the campus newspaper’s photo editor. She is currently pursuing her master’s degree in professional journalism at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. In addition to her role at the Capital-Star, Miller enjoys working on her independent zines, Dead Air and Infrared.