Driving Data – State Ranking Compilation

We've ranked driving data from every state, with some studies having over 25,000 data points. Our studies include (1) deadliest sidewalks, (2) worst drivers, and (3) drunk driving.

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Zaneta Wood, Ed.S. has over 15 years of experience in research and technical writing bringing a keen understanding of data analysis and information synthesis to reach a wide variety of audiences. She studied adult education and instructional technology at Appalachian State University as well as technical and professional communication at East Carolina University. Zaneta has prepared technical p...

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Founder & CFP®

UPDATED: Jul 6, 2021

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Here's what you need to know...

  • We conduct intensive data studies to help keep driver’s like you informed
  • Some of our studies have over 25,000 data points
  • We’ve compiled the state rankings for all of our studies

Our studies include:

#1 – Deadliest Sidewalks

For this study, we consider two factors — total number of pedestrian deaths per 100,000 population and percentage of pedestrian deaths out of the total traffic fatalities.  The lower the ranking the more deadly the sidewalks for the state. The data is available here.

#2 – Most Dangerous Highways by State

To compile information for this study, we collected data from the last five years in the following categories:

  • Interstate Speeding Fatalities per Mile of Interstate
  • Percent of Drivers without Seatbelts
  • Highway Bridges Rated Obsolete or Deficient
  • Highway Deaths per 1,000 Highway Miles Traveled
  • Federal Funding
  • IIHS Death Rates

The lower the score equals safer highways, whereas higher scores equal more dangerous highways. The data is available here.

#3 – Most Dangerous States for Drunk Driving

We reviewed these five categories and weighted them to compile a Total Score:

  • Cost per Fatality by State – Drunk Driving Fatalities per 1,000,000 Population and Taxpayer Subsidy per Drunk Driving Fatality by State
  • Drunk Driving – Percentage of Fatal Crashes that Involved Alcohol
  • DUI Arrests – Arrests of Minors and Adults that were Driving Under the Influence (“DUI”) related per 1,000,000 Population
  • DUI Penalties – State Penalties for 1st-time DUI Offenders and Repeat DUI Offenders ranked against the Nation’s Average Penalties
  • Laws/Statutes – Percentage of Drunk Driving Fatalities by State per State’s amount of Drunk Driving Laws and Statutes

The most dangerous states have the lowest score. The data is available here.

#4 – Is your state a travel doer or dreamer?

We researched how each of the 50 states and the District of Columbia rank for the “Most Traveled States for Vacation” using three categories to build a final score from internet search values: (1) Search Index Ranking, (2) Miles and Population Ranking, and (3) Doers vs. Dreamers Ranking.

A low ranking means your state is a doer, whereas a high ranking means your state is a dreamer. The data is available here.

#5 – Worst Drivers By State

The rankings for this study are based on statistics made available to the public by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Each state is ranked according to the following categories:

  • Fatalities Rate per 100 Million Vehicle Miles Traveled
  • Failure to Obey (Percentage of Fatal Crashes that involved Traffic Signals, Not Wearing Seat Belts, and Driving with an Invalid Driver’s License)
  • Drunk Driving (Percentage of Fatal Crashes that Involved Alcohol)
  • Speeding (Percentage of Driving Fatalities that were Speed-Related)
  • Careless Driving (Pedestrian & Bicyclist Fatalities per 100,000 Population)

These categories and their ranking are finalized into a Total Score. The worst states receive the lowest scores. The data is available here.

Table of Contents

Alabama

alabama road sign

#19 – Deadliest Sidewalks

#17 – Most Dangerous Highways by State

#39 – Most Dangerous States for Drunk Driving

#7 (tied) – Is your state a travel doer or dreamer?

#11 – Worst Drivers By State

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Alaska

alaska road sign

#14 – Deadliest Sidewalks

#47 – Most Dangerous Highways by State

#41 – Most Dangerous States for Drunk Driving

#40 (tied) – Is your state a travel doer or dreamer?

#26 – Worst Drivers By State

Arizona

arizona road sign

#8 – Deadliest Sidewalks

#2 – Most Dangerous Highways by State

#12 – Most Dangerous States for Drunk Driving

#40 (tied) – Is your state a travel doer or dreamer?

#2 – Worst Drivers By State

Arkansas

arkansas sign

#36 – Deadliest Sidewalks

#17 – Most Dangerous Highways by State

#20 – Most Dangerous States for Drunk Driving

#9 – Is your state a travel doer or dreamer?

#27 – Worst Drivers By State

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California

california golden gate bridge

#7 – Deadliest Sidewalks

#25 – Most Dangerous Highways by State

#32 – Most Dangerous States for Drunk Driving

#39 – Is your state a travel doer or dreamer?

#18 – Worst Drivers By State

Colorado

colorado flag

#35 – Deadliest Sidewalks

#14 – Most Dangerous Highways by State

#14 – Most Dangerous States for Drunk Driving

#35 – Is your state a travel doer or dreamer?

#15 – Worst Drivers By State

Connecticut

connecticut flag

#25 – Deadliest Sidewalks

#23 – Most Dangerous Highways by State

#34 – Most Dangerous States for Drunk Driving

#22 – Is your state a travel doer or dreamer?

#32 – Worst Drivers By State

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Delaware

delaware flag

#1 – Deadliest Sidewalks

#45 – Most Dangerous Highways by State

#51 – Most Dangerous States for Drunk Driving

#24 (tied) – Is your state a travel doer or dreamer?

#9 – Worst Drivers By State

Florida

florida beach

#2 – Deadliest Sidewalks

#10 – Most Dangerous Highways by State

#49 – Most Dangerous States for Drunk Driving

#24 (tied) – Is your state a travel doer or dreamer?

#23 – Worst Drivers By State

Georgia

georgia road sign

#17 – Deadliest Sidewalks

#39 – Most Dangerous Highways by State

#47 – Most Dangerous States for Drunk Driving

#19 – Is your state a travel doer or dreamer?

#39 – Worst Drivers By State

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Hawaii

hawaii beach aloha

#9 – Deadliest Sidewalks

#27 – Most Dangerous Highways by State

#1 – Most Dangerous States for Drunk Driving

#40 (tied) – Is your state a travel doer or dreamer?

#16 – Worst Drivers By State

Idaho

idaho flag

#51 – Deadliest Sidewalks

#20 – Most Dangerous Highways by State

#8 – Most Dangerous States for Drunk Driving

#28 (tied) – Is your state a travel doer or dreamer?

#30 – Worst Drivers By State

Illinois

illinois sign

#29 – Deadliest Sidewalks

#36 – Most Dangerous Highways by State

#43 – Most Dangerous States for Drunk Driving

#44 (tied) – Is your state a travel doer or dreamer?

#23 – Worst Drivers By State

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Indiana

Indiana sign

#30 (tied) – Deadliest Sidewalks

#37 – Most Dangerous Highways by State

#50 – Most Dangerous States for Drunk Driving

#5 – Is your state a travel doer or dreamer?

#31 – Worst Drivers By State

Iowa

iowa street sign

#45 – Deadliest Sidewalks

#50 – Most Dangerous Highways by State

#46 – Most Dangerous States for Drunk Driving

#21 – Is your state a travel doer or dreamer?

#51 – Worst Drivers By State

Kansas

kansas street

#47 – Deadliest Sidewalks

#27 – Most Dangerous Highways by State

#44 – Most Dangerous States for Drunk Driving

#24 (tied) – Is your state a travel doer or dreamer?

#26 – Worst Drivers By State

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Kentucky

kentucky sign

#34 – Deadliest Sidewalks

#16 – Most Dangerous Highways by State

#32 – Most Dangerous States for Drunk Driving

#14 – Is your state a travel doer or dreamer?

#21 – Worst Drivers By State

Louisiana

#11 – Deadliest Sidewalks

#1 – Most Dangerous Highways by State

#23 – Most Dangerous States for Drunk Driving

#27 – Is your state a travel doer or dreamer?

#3 – Worst Drivers By State

Maine

maine street sign

#30 (tied) – Deadliest Sidewalks

#42 – Most Dangerous Highways by State

#10 – Most Dangerous States for Drunk Driving

#12 – Is your state a travel doer or dreamer?

#12 – Worst Drivers By State

Maryland

maryland flag

#17 – Deadliest Sidewalks

#34 – Most Dangerous Highways by State

#22 – Most Dangerous States for Drunk Driving

#32 – Is your state a travel doer or dreamer?

#41 – Worst Drivers By State

Massachusetts

massachussetts sign

#22 – Deadliest Sidewalks

#7 – Most Dangerous Highways by State

#27 – Most Dangerous States for Drunk Driving

#37 – Is your state a travel doer or dreamer?

#45 – Worst Drivers By State

Michigan

michigan state

#15 – Deadliest Sidewalks

#29 – Most Dangerous Highways by State

#19 – Most Dangerous States for Drunk Driving

#33 – Is your state a travel doer or dreamer?

#42 – Worst Drivers By State

Minnesota

minnesota state sign

#43 – Deadliest Sidewalks

#51 – Most Dangerous Highways by State

#31 – Most Dangerous States for Drunk Driving

#23 – Is your state a travel doer or dreamer?

#50 – Worst Drivers By State

Mississippi

mississippi sign

#23 (tied) – Deadliest Sidewalks

#13 – Most Dangerous Highways by State

#29 – Most Dangerous States for Drunk Driving

#10 – Is your state a travel doer or dreamer?

#13 – Worst Drivers By State

Missouri

missouri infinity arch

#23 (tied) – Deadliest Sidewalks

#21 – Most Dangerous Highways by State

#7 – Most Dangerous States for Drunk Driving

#6 – Is your state a travel doer or dreamer?

#19 – Worst Drivers By State

Montana

montana sign

#40 – Deadliest Sidewalks

#11 – Most Dangerous Highways by State

#5 – Most Dangerous States for Drunk Driving

#7 (tied) – Is your state a travel doer or dreamer?

#1 – Worst Drivers By State

Nebraska

nebraska state

#41 – Deadliest Sidewalks

#47 – Most Dangerous Highways by State

#26 – Most Dangerous States for Drunk Driving

#20 – Is your state a travel doer or dreamer?

#40 – Worst Drivers By State

Nevada

las vegas nevada sign

#4 (tied) – Deadliest Sidewalks

#43 – Most Dangerous Highways by State

#18 – Most Dangerous States for Drunk Driving

#46 (tied) – Is your state a travel doer or dreamer?

#5 – Worst Drivers By State

New Hampshire

new hampshire sign

#48 – Deadliest Sidewalks

#9 – Most Dangerous Highways by State

#35 – Most Dangerous States for Drunk Driving

#31 – Is your state a travel doer or dreamer?

#35 – Worst Drivers By State

New Jersey

new jersey sign

#4 (tied) – Deadliest Sidewalks

#30 – Most Dangerous Highways by State

#30 – Most Dangerous States for Drunk Driving

#38 – Is your state a travel doer or dreamer?

#48 – Worst Drivers By State

New Mexico

new mexico sign

#4 (tied) – Deadliest Sidewalks

#34 – Most Dangerous Highways by State

#24 – Most Dangerous States for Drunk Driving

#3 – Is your state a travel doer or dreamer?

#7 – Worst Drivers By State

New York

new york statue of liberty

#10 – Deadliest Sidewalks

#33 – Most Dangerous Highways by State

#37 – Most Dangerous States for Drunk Driving

#51 – Is your state a travel doer or dreamer?

#32 – Worst Drivers By State

North Carolina

north carolina sign

#19 – Deadliest Sidewalks

#6 – Most Dangerous Highways by State

#17 – Most Dangerous States for Drunk Driving

#15 – Is your state a travel doer or dreamer?

#8 – Worst Drivers By State

North Dakota

north dakota sign

#46 – Deadliest Sidewalks

#44 – Most Dangerous Highways by State

#3 – Most Dangerous States for Drunk Driving

#1 – Is your state a travel doer or dreamer?

#10 – Worst Drivers By State

Ohio

ohio state

#37 – Deadliest Sidewalks

#21 – Most Dangerous Highways by State

#15 – Most Dangerous States for Drunk Driving

#34 – Is your state a travel doer or dreamer?

#47 – Worst Drivers By State

Oklahoma

oklahoma state

#26 – Deadliest Sidewalks

#15 – Most Dangerous Highways by State

#28 – Most Dangerous States for Drunk Driving

#4 – Is your state a travel doer or dreamer?

#17 – Worst Drivers By State

Oregon

oregon sign

#16 – Deadliest Sidewalks

#49 – Most Dangerous Highways by State

#39 – Most Dangerous States for Drunk Driving

#49 – Is your state a travel doer or dreamer?

#23 – Worst Drivers By State

Pennsylvania

pennsylvania sign

#32 – Deadliest Sidewalks

#4 – Most Dangerous Highways by State

#13 – Most Dangerous States for Drunk Driving

#46 (tied) – Is your state a travel doer or dreamer?

#29 – Worst Drivers By State

Rhode Island

rhode island flag

#33 – Deadliest Sidewalks

#38 – Most Dangerous Highways by State

#4 – Most Dangerous States for Drunk Driving

#48 – Is your state a travel doer or dreamer?

#14 – Worst Drivers By State

South Carolina

south carolina flag

#11 – Deadliest Sidewalks

#3 – Most Dangerous Highways by State

#11 – Most Dangerous States for Drunk Driving

#28 (tied) – Is your state a travel doer or dreamer?

#6 – Worst Drivers By State

South Dakota

south dakota sign mount rushmore

#50 – Deadliest Sidewalks

#30 – Most Dangerous Highways by State

#5 – Most Dangerous States for Drunk Driving

#16 (tied) – Is your state a travel doer or dreamer?

#36 – Worst Drivers By State

Tennessee

tennessee state sign

#28 – Deadliest Sidewalks

#26 – Most Dangerous Highways by State

#25 – Most Dangerous States for Drunk Driving

#13 – Is your state a travel doer or dreamer?

#28 – Worst Drivers By State

Texas

texas state seal

#11 (tied) – Deadliest Sidewalks

#11 – Most Dangerous Highways by State

#15 – Most Dangerous States for Drunk Driving

#44 (tied) – Is your state a travel doer or dreamer?

#4 – Worst Drivers By State

Utah

utah sign

#21 – Deadliest Sidewalks

#23 – Most Dangerous Highways by State

#48 – Most Dangerous States for Drunk Driving

#30 – Is your state a travel doer or dreamer?

#44 – Worst Drivers By State

Vermont

vermont sign

#43 – Deadliest Sidewalks

#41 – Most Dangerous Highways by State

#36 – Most Dangerous States for Drunk Driving

#11 – Is your state a travel doer or dreamer?

#46 – Worst Drivers By State

Virginia

virginia sign

#38 – Deadliest Sidewalks

#17 – Most Dangerous Highways by State

#45 – Most Dangerous States for Drunk Driving

#36 – Is your state a travel doer or dreamer?

#48 – Worst Drivers By State

Washington

washington state seal

#27 – Deadliest Sidewalks

#40 – Most Dangerous Highways by State

#20 – Most Dangerous States for Drunk Driving

#40 (tied) – Is your state a travel doer or dreamer?

#36 – Worst Drivers By State

Washington DC

washington DC capitol building

#3 – Deadliest Sidewalks

#32 – Most Dangerous Highways by State

#42 – Most Dangerous States for Drunk Driving

#50 – Is your state a travel doer or dreamer?

#32 – Worst Drivers By State

West Virginia

west virginia state

#41 – Deadliest Sidewalks

#5 – Most Dangerous Highways by State

#38 – Most Dangerous States for Drunk Driving

#16 (tied) – Is your state a travel doer or dreamer?

#43 – Worst Drivers By State

Wisconsin

wisconsin flag

#38 – Deadliest Sidewalks

#46 – Most Dangerous Highways by State

#2 – Most Dangerous States for Drunk Driving

#16 (tied)– Is your state a travel doer or dreamer?

#20 – Worst Drivers By State

Wyoming

wyoming state sign

#48 – Deadliest Sidewalks

#8 – Most Dangerous Highways by State

#8 – Most Dangerous States for Drunk Driving

#2 – Is your state a travel doer or dreamer?

#21 – Worst Drivers By State

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