Traffic Safety Facts 2014 Data: Rural/Urban Comparison

This fact sheet contains information on motor vehicle fatalities and fatal crashes, based on data from the Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS). FARS is a census of fatal crashes within the 50 States, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico (although Puerto Rico is not included in U.S. totals). For the purpose of this fact sheet, rural and urban boundaries are determined by the State highway departments and approved by the Federal Highway Administration. Of the 32,675 motor vehicle traffic fatalities in 2014 there were 16,710 (51%) that occurred in rural areas, 15,487 (47%) that occurred in urban areas, and 478 (1%) that occurred in unknown areas. According to the 2014 American Community Survey from the U.S. Census Bureau an estimated 19% of the U.S. population lived in rural areas. However, rural fatalities accounted for 51% of all traffic fatalities in 2014. Rural traffic fatalities decreased by 34% from 24,587 in 2005 to 16,710 in 2014. Urban traffic fatalities decreased by 17% from 18,627 in 2005 to 15,487 in 2014. Additional statistics provided in this traffic safety fact sheet include: speeding-related fatalities, alcohol-impaired driving fatalities, restraint use, rollover crashes, and rural/urban fatalities by State.


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  • Accession Number: 01605722
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  • Report/Paper Numbers: DOT HS 812 301
  • Created Date: Jul 21 2016 7:22AM