California has some of the most dangerous cities for pedestrians, ranking says. Here’s where

If there’s one thing California and Florida have in common, it’s that they have some of the deadliest cities for pedestrians.

In a new study by MoneyGeek, a financial service, more than 200 cities in the U.S. were ranked based on how dangerous they are. According to the service, it used 2018 to 2021 data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s Fatality Analysis Reporting System and calculated the average annual pedestrian fatalities per 100,000 residents.

It also looked at the four-year difference in fatalities, total deaths since 2018 and average annual deaths.

“Crossing the street is getting more deadly in America; over four years, the U.S. saw a 15.9% average increase in pedestrian fatalities,” according to the study. “Nearly a third of all traffic accidents prove fatal for pedestrians.”

The findings showed that eight of the top 20 deadliest cities are in Florida and California with Fort Lauderdale topping the list. The Florida city has an 8.1 average annual pedestrian deaths per 100,000 residents.

In California, 10 cities ranked in the top 50 for deadliest cities, including four Central Valley cities — Fresno, Modesto, Sacramento and Stockton.

Victorville lands the most fatal city in the state at No. 7 with a 6.6 average annual pedestrian deaths per 100,000 residents. It’s followed by San Bernardino at No. 11 and El Cajon at No. 13.

Here’s how California cities ranked:

  • 7 - Victorville

  • 11 - San Bernardino

  • 13 - El Cajon

  • 27 - Fresno

  • 32 - Modesto

  • 37 - Pomona

  • 40 - Rialto

  • 41 - Sacramento

  • 44 - Lancaster

  • 49 - Stockton

Which cities are the most dangerous for pedestrians?

According to the study, these are the top 10 most dangerous cities:

  1. Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

  2. Jackson, Miss.

  3. Macon, Ga.

  4. Memphis, Tenn.

  5. Albuquerque, N.M.

  6. Little Rock, Ark.

  7. Victorville

  8. Pompano Beach, Fla.

  9. North Charleston, S.C.

  10. Baton Rouge, La.

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