Florida’s Listing of County Pedestrian Fatalities a Point of Concern

The National Complete Streets Coalition’s 2019 “Dangerous By Design” report released earlier this year listed Florida as the nation’s most dangerous state for pedestrians. Meanwhile, Florida Highway Patrol vehicle crash data shows that Florida’s most populous counties (counties with populations of 200,000 or more residents) suffered an annual average of 3.6 pedestrian deaths per 100,000 residents over the 4-year period from 2015 to 2018.

Topping the list is Escambia County at the westernmost end of the Florida Panhandle. Escambia County is the state’s 19th most populous state, but it ranks 1st in the number of pedestrian deaths per 100,000 residents per year over that four-year period with an average of 5.35 pedestrian deaths per 100,000 residents. According to U. S. Census data, Escambia County also ranks 4th in the state (among counties with populations of 200,000 or more) in the percentage of workers who walk to work.

By contrast, Miami-Dade County at the other end of the state is Florida’s most populous county, but ranks 14th in the listing with an average of 3.11 pedestrian deaths per 100,000 residents. Miami-Dade County ranks 3rd among large Florida counties in the percentage of workers to walk to work.

Florida’s 10 counties with the highest of average annual pedestrian deaths per 100,000 citizens from 2015 to 2018 (among counties with 200,000 or more residents):

1. Escambia County (Pensacola) – 5.35
2. Osceola County (Kissimmee) – 4.98
3. Orange County (Orlando) – 4.36
4. Manatee County (Bradenton) – 4.28
5. Pinellas County (Clearwater) – 4.17
6. Volusia County (DeLand) – 4.14
7. Duval County (Jacksonville) – 4.10
8. Hillsborough County (Tampa) – 4.02
9. Pasco County (Dade City) – 3.97
10. Brevard County (Titusville) – 3.96

Florida Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles Crash Dashboard (2018 data)
https://www.flhsmv.gov/traffic-crash-reports/crash-dashboard/

Florida Crash Facts Annual Report 2017 (2015-2017 data)
https://flhsmv.gov/pdf/crashreports/crash_facts_2017.pdf

U. S. Census Bureau, 2013-2017 American Community Survey, Commuting Characteristics by Sex
https://factfinder.census.gov/faces/tableservices/jsf/pages/productview.xhtml?pid=ACS_17_5YR_S0801&prodType=table

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