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Cities with the worst drivers

There are lots of ways to measure which city has the worst drivers. Slate pulled together data on a number of indicators, and aggregated the results to find out which towns have the worst motorists when a variety of factors are taken into account.

Cities with the worst drivers

Traffic on Interstate 95 in Philadelphia (Yong Kim / Staff Photographer)
Traffic on Interstate 95 in Philadelphia (Yong Kim / Staff Photographer)

There are lots of ways to measure which city has the worst drivers. Slate pulled together data on a number of indicators, and aggregated the results to find out which towns have the worst motorists when a variety of factors are taken into account.

Philadelphia doesn't fare well. A few other Pennsylvania and New Jersey cities also rank among the worst.

Here are Slate's 39 worst-driving cities, taking into account the number of years between traffic accidents, auto-crash fatalities, alcohol-related driving deaths and pedestrians struck.

1. Miami
2. Philadelphia
3. Hialeah, Fla.
4. Tampa, Fla.
5. Baltimore
6. New Orleans
7. Orlando
8. Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
9. Houston
10. Providence, R.I.
11. Atlanta
12. Pittsburgh
13. Glendale, Calif.
14. Dallas
15. Baton Rouge, La.
16. Washington, D.C.
17. Irving, Texas
18. Chicago
19. Newark
20. San Francisco
21. Los Angeles
22. Jersey City, N.J.
23. Arlington, Texas
24. New York City
25. Garland, Texas
26. Austin, Texas
27. Arlington, Va.
28. Portland, Ore.
29. Grand Prairie, Texas
30. Seattle
31. Boston
32. Oakland, Calif.
33. Plano, Texas
34. Norfolk, Va.
35. Tacoma, Wash.
36. Yonkers, N.Y.
37. San Jose, Calif.
38. Garden Grove, Calif.
39. Irvine, Calif.

Slate's data also shows how the cities rank on the individual metrics. Here's the top city in each category, and where the Pennsylvania and New Jersey cities on the list ranked for each indicator:

Years between accidents:
1. Washington, D.C.
2. Philadelphia
5. Newark
10. Jersey City
13. Pittsburgh

Automotive fatalities:
1. Miami
9. Philadelphia
12. Pittsburgh
26. Jersey City
37. Newark

Alcohol-related traffic deaths (Slate represented ties with the average rank of the tied cities):
1.5. New Orleans
1.5. Baton Rouge
16.5. Philadelphia
16.5. Pittsburgh
26.5. Newark
26.5 Jersey City

Pedestrian strikes:
1. Miami
2. Philadelphia
7. Newark
20. Jersey City
25. Pittsburgh

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