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Deadliest States for Cyclists: Per Capita Fatality Rates

In 2012, 722 cyclists were killed nationwide. See data and per capita rates by state.

Hundreds of cyclists are killed each year in traffic accidents.

Federal statistics indicate 722 bicyclist deaths occurred in 2012, up 6 percent from 2011 and 16 percent from 2010.

On a per capita basis, Florida recorded an annual average of about 5.7 cyclist deaths per million residents, by far the most of any state. The national bicyclist death rate for 2012 was approximately 2.3 deaths per 1 million.



 
               
Per Capita Rank State Average Annual Deaths Per Million Residents 2010 2011 2012 3-year Total Deaths Average Annual Deaths
1 Florida 5.7 83 126 120 329 110
2 Louisiana 3.8 11 18 23 52 17
3 New Mexico 3.1 8 4 7 19 6
4 Arizona 3.0 19 22 18 59 20
5 South Carolina 3.0 14 15 13 42 14
6 California 3.0 100 115 123 338 113
7 Oregon 2.8 7 15 10 32 11
8 North Carolina 2.6 23 25 27 75 25
9 Michigan 2.4 29 24 19 72 24
10 New York 2.4 36 57 45 138 46
11 Delaware 2.2 2 0 4 6 2
12 Illinois 2.1 24 27 29 80 27
13 Indiana 2.0 13 11 15 39 13
14 Colorado 1.9 8 8 13 29 10
15 Wisconsin 1.9 9 12 11 32 11
16 Texas 1.9 42 45 56 143 48
17 Utah 1.8 7 5 3 15 5
18 Connecticut 1.8 7 8 4 19 6
19 Iowa 1.7 8 5 3 16 5
20 Hawaii 1.7 3 2 2 7 2
21 Mississippi 1.7 4 7 4 15 5
22 Georgia 1.7 18 14 17 49 16
23 New Jersey 1.7 13 17 14 44 15
24 DC 1.6 2 1 0 3 1
25 Arkansas 1.6 2 6 6 14 5
26 Nevada 1.6 6 4 3 13 4
27 Washington 1.4 6 11 12 29 10
28 Alabama 1.4 6 5 9 20 7
29 Alaska 1.4 0 2 1 3 1
30 Massachusetts 1.4 7 5 15 27 9
31 Oklahoma 1.3 9 1 5 15 5
32 Minnesota 1.3 9 5 7 21 7
33 Ohio 1.3 11 16 18 45 15
34 Rhode Island 1.3 2 0 2 4 1
35 Idaho 1.3 4 0 2 6 2
36 Pennsylvania 1.3 21 11 16 48 16
37 South Dakota 1.2 2 1 0 3 1
38 Virginia 1.2 12 6 11 29 10
39 Kansas 1.2 1 2 7 10 3
40 Kentucky 1.1 7 2 6 15 5
41 Maryland 1.0 8 5 5 18 6
42 New Hampshire 1.0 0 4 0 4 1
43 North Dakota 1.0 1 1 0 2 1
44 Tennessee 0.9 4 5 8 17 6
45 Missouri 0.8 7 1 6 14 5
46 Nebraska 0.7 2 2 0 4 1
47 Montana 0.7 0 1 1 2 1
48 Wyoming 0.6 0 1 0 1 0
49 West Virginia 0.5 2 0 1 3 1
50 Vermont 0.5 1 0 0 1 0
51 Maine 0.5 1 0 1 2 1

Source: Governing calculations of NHTSA Fatality Analysis Reporting System data
Mike Maciag is Data Editor for GOVERNING.
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