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24/7 Wall St.: The Most Dangerous States for Pedestrians

9. Mississippi

Pedestrian fatalities per 100,000 people: 1.68
Total pedestrian fatalities: 50
Total traffic fatalities: 641
Pct. of people who walk to work: 1.78% (6th lowest)

In 2009, Mississippi was the nation’s fourth-worst state for pedestrian traffic deaths. Though the state managed to improve its rank by 2010, the state’s traffic record remained abysmal. For 2010, the state had the second-highest rate of traffic fatalities nationwide with 21.58 deaths per 100,000 people, even though total traffic fatalities declined from 783 in 2008 to 641 in 2010. It is also hard for the state to be particularly pedestrian-friendly as 96.5% of people drive to work, the third-highest rate nationwide. Additionally, the state’s 24 cities had an average Walk Score of 32.61, ranked sixth worst nationwide.

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