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The deadliest places for pedestrians

By Des Toups Posted : 05/27/2014

Pedestrians in crosswalkThe newest edition of “Dangerous by Design” puts a spotlight on cities where pedestrians face the most danger.

Smart Growth America calculates a Pedestrian Danger Index for major cities and for each state, plotting the death rate per 100,000 against the percentage of the population that walks to work, according to Census data.

Florida is the riskiest state for pedestrians, and Orlando is the riskiest city by a wide margin.

As a driver, your liability insurance policy will pay for the costs of treating anyone you injure; in most states, it’s not enough to cover a typical injury bill. Most experts recommend that anyone with assets or a home buy at least 100/300/50 coverage – that is, $100,000 worth of bodily injury liability (up to $300,000 per accident) and $50,000 in property damage liability. In most states the legal requirements are much lower. (See “How much insurance do drivers like you buy?)

If as a pedestrian you are hit by a driver who has no insurance or not enough of it, your own uninsured or underinsured motorist coverage could cover your hospital bills.

The deadliest cities for pedestrians

Rank

Metropolitan area

Deaths*

Danger Index

1

Orlando-Kissimmee, FL

583

244.3

2

Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL

874

190.1

3

Jacksonville, FL

359

182.7

4

Miami-Fort Lauderdale-Pompano Beach, FL

1,539

145.3

5

Memphis, TN-MS-AR

239

131.3

6

Birmingham-Hoover, AL

148

125.6

7

Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX

1,034

119.6

8

Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA

839

119.4

9

Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ

840

118.6

10

Charlotte-Gastonia-Concord,NC-SC

254

111.7

11

Detroit-Warren-Livonia, MI

713

111.6

12

Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX

900

107.5

13

Las Vegas-Paradise, NV

413

102.7

14

Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario,CA

889

102.2

15

Nashville-Davidson-Murfreesboro-Franklin, TN

210

100.8

16

Raleigh-Cary, NC

165

100.4

17

Louisville-Jefferson County, KY-IN

200

98.5

18

San Antonio, TX

373

96.9

19

Richmond, VA

167

95.0

20

Oklahoma City, OK

177

87.2

21

Kansas City, MO-KS

228

85.7

22

New Orleans-Metairie-Kenner, LA

272

84.9

23

Sacramento-Arden-Arcade-Roseville, CA

390

81.3

24

Austin-Round Rock, TX

251

78.6

25

Indianapolis-Carmel, IN

199

73.0

26

St. Louis, MO-IL

364

69.7

27

Los Angeles-Long Beach-Santa Ana, CA

2,435

66.9

28

Baltimore-Towson, MD

482

66.4

29

San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos, CA

576

66.0

30

San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA

260

65.6

31

Denver-Aurora-Broomfield, CO

349

58.1

32

Columbus, OH

187

56.3

33

Salt Lake City, UT

132

55.3

34

Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD

959

44.3

35

Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV

843

44.1

36

Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC

186

43.6

37

Buffalo-Niagara Falls, NY

147

43.1

38

Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford, CT

121

41.6

39

Providence-New Bedford-Fall River, MA

198

39.9

40

Cincinnati-Middletown, OH-KY-IN

187

39.5

41

Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, WI

183

38.8

42

Cleveland-Elyria-Mentor, OH

142

34.4

43

Rochester, NY

121

34.0

44

Chicago-Naperville-Joliet, IL-IN-WI

1,165

32.9

45

Portland-Vancouver-Beaverton, OR-WA

250

32.2

46

Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI

249

32.2

47

San Francisco-Oakland-Fremont, CA

633

31.4

48

New York-Northern New Jersey-Long Island, NY-NJ-PA

3,384

28.4

49

Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA

375

26.8

50

Pittsburgh, PA

234

25.1

51

Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA-NH

476

18.7

*Total deaths from 2003 to 2012; Pedestrian Danger Index 2008-2012

Data were gathered for each state as well.

The deadliest states for pedestrians

Rank

State

Deaths*

Danger Index

1

Florida

5,189

168.6

2

Alabama

723

125.2

3

Louisiana

1,030

116.6

4

South Carolina

1,020

110.4

5

Georgia

1,564

104.0

6

Delaware

194

103.6

7

Mississippi

527

102.6

8

Arizona

1,434

101.2

9

North Carolina

1,683

99.8

10

Texas

4,192

97.5

11

Tennessee

799

88.6

12

New Mexico

504

88.5

13

Nevada

540

85.3

14

Arkansas

403

80.0

15

Maryland

1,067

78.6

16

Oklahoma

513

73.3

17

California

6,798

62.0

18

Missouri

762

59.6

19

Michigan

1,373

59.4

20

Kentucky

539

58.3

21

New Jersey

1,501

53.0

22

Virginia

841

43.6

23

Indiana

640

43.1

24

Ohio

1,012

39.0

25

Utah

279

37.8

26

West Virginia

219

37.1

27

Connecticut

351

35.0

28

Hawaii

262

35.0

29

Colorado

565

34.1

30

Oregon

497

33.0

31

Illinois

1,488

32.3

32

Rhode Island

121

31.1

33

Pennsylvania

1,555

30.0

34

North Dakota

68

28.9

35

Kansas

215

28.7

36

Washington

678

28.5

37

Wisconsin

522

27.1

38

Minnesota

395

24.8

39

New York

3,097

24.5

40

Montana

116

24.2

41

Wyoming

49

23.5

42

Idaho

119

22.3

43

Massachusetts

716

21.9

44

Maine

108

20.4

45

New Hampshire

100

19.0

46

Iowa

221

18.5

47

South Dakota

80

18.4

48

Nebraska

91

16.2

49

District of  Columbia

133

14.5

50

Alaska

87

13.9

51

Vermont

45

13.0

*Total deaths from 2003 to 2012; Pedestrian Danger Index 2008-2012

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