These Are The 10 Most Dangerous U.S. Destination Cities For Walking

Walking is great for the environment and your waistline, but the latest data suggests that you might be safer driving in some U.S. cities.

Smart Growth America has released a study ranking the 104 largest U.S. metro areas in terms of how dangerous they are for pedestrians. The researchers looked at the proportion of local commuters who walk to work as compared with the number of pedestrian deaths. The results are pretty alarming.

Bad news for the Sunshine State: the eight of the top ten most dangerous cities for walking were in Florida.

The study also found a troubling connection between income and pedestrian safety – it seems the higher the median income in an area, the less likely it is someone will be struck and killed by a car. Adults 65 years or older are 50 percent more likely than younger people to be killed while walking.

The study blames street design and poor sidewalk and crosswalk maintenance in lower income areas for the higher rates of pedestrian deaths amongst low-earning and minority groups.

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Here are the top ten most dangerous cities for pedestrians in America:

1. Cape Coral-Fort Myers, Florida

2. Palm Bay-Melbourne-Titusville, Florida

3. Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford, Florida

4. Jacksonville, Florida

5. Deltona-Daytona Beach-Ormond Beach, Florida

6. Lakeland-Winter Haven, Florida

7. Tampa, Florida

8. Jackson, Mississippi

9. Memphis, Tennessee

10. North Port-Sarasota-Bradenton, Florida

If you’re visiting any of these spots soon, be sure to look both ways before crossing the street.