How safe are the drivers in your home town?

car wreckThe worst drivers in the world usually live elsewhere, right? You couldn't believe how poorly the drivers in (insert city here) drove when you visited there. Well, each year Allstate crunches numbers and produces a report on just where you're most and least likely to have an accident.

The 2009 "Allstate America's Best Drivers Report" shows that you're better off taking a cab or subway in Washington, D.C, Baltimore, Md., Glendale, Calif., Hartford, Conn., and Newark, N.J., the five cities with the highest likelihood of accidents.

In D.C., drivers average a collision every 5.1 years and are 95.4% more likely than the average American driver to have a wreck. Other towns with high accident totals include Philadelphia, Pa., Elizabeth, N.J., Providence, R.I., San Francisco, and Los Angeles.
Would you like to minimize your risk for collision? Then you might want to consider moving to one of these towns, the top 10 for fewest collisions:

  • Sioux Falls, S.D. (13.5 years between collisions, on average)
  • Fort Collins, Colo.
  • Chattanooga, Tenn.
  • Cedar Rapids, Iowa
  • Knoxville, Tenn.
  • Fort Wayne, In.
  • Lexington-Fayette, Ky.
  • Eugene, Ore.
  • Boise, Idaho
  • Colorado Springs, Colo.
Among cities with populations above one million, the five with fewest collisions were:

  • Phoenix, Ariz. (9.2 years between collisions)
  • San Diego, Calif.
  • New York, N.Y.
  • Houston, Texas
  • San Antonio, Texas

The state of Massachusetts was left out of the study, which will I'm sure disappoint those of you certain that Boston would appear on the list. At the bottom.

The full list is available here.
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