In a new analysis of the safest cities in the United States, Fort Lauderdale came in a dreadful last place. The WalletHub study titled “2017’s Safest Cities in America” ranked 182 municipalities by nearly three dozen safety metrics, including:
- Traffic fatalities per capita
- Assaults per capita
- Unemployment rate
- Percentage of uninsured population
- Percentage of households with emergency savings
- Natural disaster risk
Fort Lauderdale performed particularly poorly in traffic fatalities (ranked fifth most per capita) and percentage of households with emergency savings (tied for last with Miami, Hialeah, and Pembroke Pines).
The last place ranking does not make Fort Lauderdale the most dangerous city to drive in or the city with the highest risk of being assaulted. But it is a sign that residents of the area face threats (e.g., to their safety, financial health, etc.) that combine to warrant a dead last ranking for the city.
“Fort Lauderdale’s place near the bottom of the traffic safety metrics is likely a byproduct of South Florida’s population growth,” says Marc Anidjar of the Law Office of Anidjar & Levine.
“The roads were not designed for the amount of traffic we see today. And the expansion of the express lanes further crowds the highways. Unfortunately, the higher traffic volume and daily congestion leads to aggressive driving which can cause severe and fatal accidents.”
Fort Lauderdale was not the only Florida city populating the bottom of the rankings. Miami ranked 144, St. Petersburg ranked 156, and Orlando came in just a few spots from the bottom at 176.
Here is the full list of Florida cities included in the study:
- Cape Coral
- Pembroke Pines
- Port St. Lucie
- St. Petersburg
- Fort Lauderdale
The Law Office of Anidjar & Levine represents people hurt in car wrecks and other accidents. We also help those filing insurance claims following a hurricane or other event causing significant property damage. If you need help getting the money you deserve, call us at 1-800-747-3733.