The Cowboy State may be the most scarcely populated state in the union, but it doesn't mean we don't have our own set of issues that mirror our more robust neighbors. A recent study done by shows that Wyoming landed in the top five states for having the most dangerous roads.

In order to accurately rank all fifty states, the global equity website used the following methodology:

To rank the safest and most dangerous states to drive in the United States, 24/7 Wall St. reviewed roadway fatality data from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety along with urban and rural travel data from the Federal Highway Administration, each for 2016. The number of fatal roadway deaths was then adjusted for the population, noted as fatalities per 100,000 residents. Seat belt use rates and the share of fatal accidents on rural roads are also from IIHS and are all for 2016. Fatal injuries due to vehicle accidents include pedestrian and cyclist fatalities. Data on holiday deaths are for 2016 and came from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s Fatality Analysis Reporting System.

Only four states ranked worse than Wyoming and they are:

  1. Mississippi
  2. Alabama
  3. South Carolina
  4. New Mexico

Although Wyoming averaged 19.1 deaths per 100,000 people (which is extremely high), we averaged the fourth least amount of roadway fatalities, as well as an 81% seat belt usages.

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