New Study Shows the Most Dangerous Metropolitan Area in America for Pedestrians is in Florida

A new study from Smart Growth America shows a part of Florida is the most dangerous place in America for walking.

Florida ranked second behind only New Mexico as the most dangerous state for pedestrians and seven of the 20 most dangerous metropolitan areas in the nation were in the Sunshine State.

“While the unprecedented COVID-19 pandemic upended many aspects of daily life, including how people get around, one terrible, long-term trend was unchanged: the alarming increase in people being struck and killed while walking,” Smart Growth America noted. “The number of people struck and killed while walking reached yet another new high in 2020. More than 6,500 people were struck and killed while walking in 2020, an average of nearly 18 per day, and a 4.5 percent increase over 2019.

“This epidemic continues growing worse because our nation’s streets are dangerous by design, designed primarily to move cars quickly at the expense of keeping everyone safe. The result in 2020 was a significant increase in all traffic fatalities, even with less driving overall due to the pandemic,” Smart Growth America added.

The Deltona-Daytona Beach-Ormond Beach area led the list as the most dangerous place for pedestrians while the Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater market placed fourth. Jacksonville ranked sixth on the list while the Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford area placed eighth. The Palm Bay-Melbourne-Titusville; the Miami-Fort Lauderdale-Pompano Beach; the North Port-Sarasota-Bradenton; the Lakeland-Winter Haven; and the Cape Coral-Fort Myers areas also placed in the top 25.

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