How does one measure the safest city for drivers? Accidents? Accidents in which someone gets hurt? Car accident fatalities. Insurance claims? Allstate has come up with a measure that suits an insurance company. Based on is analysis, Madison Wisconsin is the safest city for drivers.
The Allstate America’s Best Drivers Report tabulates property damage frequency of Allstate insured drivers from 2013-2014. The report analyzes the 200 largest cities from the U.S. Census Bureau’s Annual Estimates of the Population for Incorporated Places over 50,000, measured for 2014 as of July 1, 2015. In prior years, neighboring cities that shared zip codes also shared rankings. This only impacted a minimal number of cities; however, since 2014, the report used geolocation to increase accuracy and there are no longer shared rankings. U.S. Census Bureau estimates of land area were combined with population estimates to determine population density. The Allstate Best Drivers Report is produced solely to boost the country’s discussion about safe driving and to increase awareness of the importance of being safe and attentive behind the wheel. The report is not used to determine auto insurance rates.
The Census is almost always a good place to start for studies about what people in America do.
And, the rankings:
The 10 safest-driving cities, when factoring auto property damage claims with population density, are:
Safest Drivers Rank with Population Density
1. Madison, Wis.
2. Brownsville, Texas
3. Boise, Idaho
4. New York, N.Y.
5. Milwaukee, Wis.
6. Wichita, Kansas
7. Hialeah, Fla.
8. McAllen, Texas
9. Olathe, Kan.
10. Lincoln, Neb.
You’re in good hands with Allstate, at least as fair as driving safety as measured by an insurance company is concerned.