Report: Which States Have Highest Pedestrian Fatality Rates?

Pedestrian Fatality Rate by State

Last year in the United States alone, more than 4700 people were involved in fatal auto-pedestrian accidents. While that number is staggering, it represents a gradual downward trend over the last two decades.

With Halloween (the deadliest day for pedestrians) coming up, we wanted to dive deeper into the statistics and look at where and when auto-pedestrian accidents are most likely to occur. Using cumulative data (from the NHTSA’s Fatality Analysis Reporting System [FARS]) for the last 5 years, we created the above map — a visualization of where the highest fatality rates* exist across the United States.

The following states have a pedestrian fatality rate higher than the national average, Florida being the highest [click here to see data for all states]:

1. Florida — 12.47 deaths per 100K population
2. Delaware — 11.23
3. South Carolina — 10.92
4. Louisiana — 10.87
5. New Mexico — 10.12
6. Arizona — 9.96
7. Maryland — 9.01
8. North Carolina — 8.54
9. Mississippi — 8.48
10. New Jersey — 8.24
11. Nevada — 8.23
12. California — 7.97
13. Hawaii — 7.97
14. Texas — 7.82
15. Georgia — 7.7
16. New York — 7.62
17. Montana — 7.36
18. Alabama — 7.24
19. Arkansas — 6.99

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Child Pedestrian Deaths More Likely on Halloween

The summer months tend to be the most dangerous for children, with Halloween as the clear exception. See our Halloween Safety Tips for ways to keep your kids safe this Hallow’s Eve.
halloween pedestrian deaths

Most child pedestrian fatalities occur between 5PM and 8PM, peak hours for trick or treating.
Halloween pedestrian deaths by time of day

Halloween child pedestrian fatalities are trending downward year over year.
Halloween child pedestrian deaths trending downward

Complete Data for All 50 States

Annual Pedestrian Fatalities
RANK STATE POPULATION 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 5-YR SUM RATE
1st  Nebraska 1,855,525 5 9 8 7 15 44 2.37
2nd  New Hampshire 1,320,718 7 8 9 5 8 37 2.8
3rd  Iowa 3,074,186 17 21 18 25 20 101 3.29
4th  Idaho 1,595,728 11 10 10 9 13 53 3.32
5th  Kansas 2,885,905 19 22 15 14 26 96 3.33
6th  Minnesota 5,379,139 25 42 35 39 38 179 3.33
7th  Vermont 626,011 1 5 4 3 10 23 3.67
8th  South Dakota 833,354 10 4 9 7 2 32 3.84
9th  Maine 1,329,192 12 11 12 10 9 54 4.06
10th  Wyoming 576,412 7 2 3 6 6 24 4.16
11th  Wisconsin 5,726,398 53 38 52 57 45 245 4.28
12th  Ohio 11,544,225 99 85 93 104 115 496 4.3
13th  Indiana 6,537,334 54 50 62 62 59 287 4.39
14th  Washington 6,897,012 63 59 61 64 72 319 4.63
15th  North Dakota 699,628 6 4 7 9 7 33 4.72
16th  Colorado 5,187,582 43 47 36 45 76 247 4.76
17th  Alaska 731,449 3 9 6 9 8 35 4.79
18th  Utah 2,855,287 32 19 28 30 28 137 4.8
19th  Virginia 8,185,867 75 74 73 73 98 393 4.8
20th  Illinois 12,875,255 135 112 115 134 138 634 4.92
21st  Massachusetts 6,646,144 76 46 68 69 72 331 4.98
22nd  Connecticut 3,590,347 47 26 46 26 36 181 5.04
23rd  West Virginia 1,855,413 13 21 13 20 31 98 5.28
24th  Rhode Island 1,050,292 12 16 9 14 5 56 5.33
25th  Tennessee 6,456,243 60 71 87 80 67 365 5.65
26th  Pennsylvania 12,763,536 137 134 145 147 163 726 5.69
27th  Missouri 6,021,988 63 68 55 75 84 345 5.73
28th  Kentucky 4,380,415 66 41 61 50 49 267 6.1
29th  Michigan 9,883,360 114 118 128 138 129 627 6.34
30th  Oregon 3,899,353 51 48 56 46 55 256 6.57
31st  Oklahoma 3,814,820 50 32 62 43 65 252 6.61
USA 318,833,000 4414 4109 4302 4457 4743 22025 6.91
32nd  Arkansas 2,949,131 45 37 38 42 44 206 6.99
33rd  Alabama 4,822,023 68 64 61 79 77 349 7.24
34th  Montana 1,005,141 11 15 8 15 25 74 7.36
35th  New York 19,570,261 297 308 303 287 297 1492 7.62
36th  Georgia 9,919,945 147 152 168 130 167 764 7.7
37th  Texas 26,059,203 435 350 349 425 478 2037 7.82
38th  Hawaii 1,392,313 20 16 26 23 26 111 7.97
39th  California 38,041,430 620 567 601 633 612 3033 7.97
40th  Nevada 2,758,931 56 35 36 46 54 227 8.23
41st  New Jersey 8,864,590 135 158 139 142 156 730 8.24
42nd  Mississippi 2,984,926 50 58 50 47 48 253 8.48
43rd  North Carolina 9,752,073 160 146 169 161 197 833 8.54
44th  Maryland 5,884,563 116 114 102 102 96 530 9.01
45th  Arizona 6,553,255 121 118 145 147 122 653 9.96
46th  New Mexico 2,085,538 39 39 33 39 61 211 10.12
47th  Louisiana 4,601,893 107 108 77 90 118 500 10.87
48th  South Carolina 4,723,723 101 89 90 113 123 516 10.92
49th  Delaware 917,092 21 15 22 18 27 103 11.23
50th  Florida 19,317,568 490 467 486 490 476 2409 12.47


*Methodology: Pedestrian fatality rate (deaths per 100K state residents) was determined by totaling the last 5 years (2008-2012) of deaths by state, multiplying by 100,000, then dividing by the population of the state. Data sourced from the FATALITY ANALYSIS REPORTING SYSTEM (FARS). Information on traffic fatalities is available from the National Center for Statistics and Analysis (NCSA), NVS-424, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., Washington, DC 20590. NCSA can be contacted at 800-934-8517 or via the following e-mail address: ncsaweb@dot.gov. General information on highway traffic safety can be accessed by Internet users at www.nhtsa.gov/NCSA.

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