Safest and Most Dangerous Cities for Driving

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Sioux Falls in South Dakota is the safest American city to drive in, according to a new study.

Car collisions happen there 27.6 percent less often than the national average. And that’s not a fluke – the city’s taken the top spot in five out of the eight years Allstate has released an America’s Best Drivers Report. The study ranks the 195 largest cities by the frequency of reported accidents in insurance claims data. Here are the top 10 safest cities:

City & Overall Ranking

Collision Likelihood vs.
National Average

Average Years Between Collisions

1. Sioux Falls, S.D. 27.6% less likely 13.8
2. Boise, Idaho 27.3% less likely 13.8
3. Fort Collins, Colo. 26.7% less likely 13.6
4. Madison, Wisc. 23.0% less likely 13.0
5. Lincoln, Neb. 19.3% less likely 12.4
6. Huntsville, Ala. 19.1% less likely 12.4
7. Chandler, Ariz. 18.9% less likely 12.3
8. Reno, Nev. 18.4% less likely 12.3
9. Knoxville, Tenn. 18.1% less likely 12.2
10. Springfield, Mo. 17.4% less likely 12.1

Allstate doesn’t embarrass the worst cities by highlighting them in a chart, but I will with numbers from the full data. These 10 rank lowest:

City & Overall Ranking

Collision Likelihood vs.
National Average

Average Years Between Collisions

195. Washington, D.C. 112.1% more likely 4.7
194. Baltimore, Md. 87.9% more likely 5.3
193. Providence, R.I. 80.9% more likely 5.5
192. Hialeah, Fla. 77.6% more likely 5.6
191. Glendale, Calif. 77.5% more likely 5.6
190. Philadelphia, Penn. 64.1% more likely 6.1
189. Alexandria, Va. 62.6% more likely 6.2
188. Newark, N.J. 59.4% more likely 6.3
187. Miami, Fla. 58.4% more likely 6.3
186. San Francisco, Calif. 54.6% more likely 6.5

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