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Between 2003 and 2012, 799 people were killed while walking in Tennessee, representing 7.1% of the 11,309 traffic-related fatalities in the state during this period. Tennessee’s overall Pedestrian Danger Index (PDI) is 88.65, which places it 11th nationally. For the years 2003 to 2010, these fatalities include 64 children under 16 and 136 adults aged 65 or older.

60.7% of these people were killed on arterial roads, which are eligible to receive federal funding for construction or improvement, with federal design guidance or oversight. Arterials are often designed and operated to maximize the speed of automotive traffic and not for pedestrian safety and comfort, despite running through places where people need and want to walk.

Over that decade, 71.8% of pedestrian deaths occurred on roadways with a speed limit of 40 mph or higher. 3.8% were on streets with a posted speed limit under 30 mph and just 1.0% of pedestrians died on streets with a speed limit of 20 mph or lower.

In Tennessee, adults 65 or older make up 12.9% of the state’s population and represent 16.3% of its pedestrian fatalities from 2003–2010. Older pedestrians died at a rate of 2.1 per 100,000 residents in Tennessee, compared to 1.63 per 100,000 for residents under age 65, ranking 42nd nationally for fatality rate among pedestrians 65 and older.

Fatality rates vary by race and ethnicity. The average annual fatality rate for non-Hispanic whites in Tennessee was 1.52; for black people and African Americans, 2.4; for Hispanics, 2.1; data was insufficient for Asians and Pacific Islanders; data was insufficient for American Indians and Alaska Natives.

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Metro Areas in Tennessee

Metropolitan Area Total traffic fatalities (2003–2012) Total pedestrian fatalities Percentage of traffic deaths that were pedestrians Annual pedestrian deaths per 100,000 (2008–2012) Percentage of pedestrian fatalities by posted speed limit (2003–2012) Percentage of pedestrian fatalities on arterials
Under 20 mph Under 30 mph 40 mph and over
Chattanooga, TN-GA 826 58 7.0% 0.95 1.8% 11% 66% 69.0%
Clarksville, TN-KY 464 37 8.0% 1.53 2.7% 5% 86% 78.4%
Cleveland, TN 210 11 5.2% 0.86 0.0% 0% 64% 45.5%
Jackson, TN 247 22 8.9% 1.39 0.0% 0% 71% 59.1%
Johnson City, TN 299 20 6.7% 0.50 10.5% 16% 32% 50.0%
Kingsport-Bristol-Bristol, TN-VA 521 36 6.9% 1.17 2.9% 17% 63% 50.0%
Knoxville, TN 1131 72 6.4% 1.00 1.4% 6% 61% 48.6%
Memphis, TN-MS-AR 2,007 239 11.9% 1.72 0.9% 2% 77% 54.8%
Morristown, TN 280 11 3.9% 1.32 9.1% 9% 82% 45.5%
Nashville-Davidson--Murfreesboro--Franklin, TN 2,270 210 9.3% 1.25 0.5% 0% 72% 60.0%

Counties in Tennessee

County Total traffic fatalities (2003–2012) Total pedestrian fatalities Percentage of traffic deaths that were pedestrians Annual pedestrian deaths per 100,000 (2008–2012) Percentage of pedestrian fatalities by posted speed limit (2003–2012) Percentage of pedestrian fatalities on arterials
Under 20 mph Under 30 mph 40 mph and over
Anderson County 136 6 4.4% 0.81 0.0% 16.7% 83.3% 33.3%
Bedford County 93 2 2.2% 0.46 0.0% 0.0% 100.0% 100.0%
Benton County 58 0 0.0% 0.00 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Bledsoe County 30 0 0.0% 0.00 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Blount County 219 9 4.1% 0.75 0.0% 0.0% 66.7% 22.2%
Bradley County 149 9 6.0% 0.94 0.0% 0.0% 55.6% 33.3%
Campbell County 138 7 5.1% 1.73 0.0% 0.0% 71.4% 28.6%
Cannon County 38 2 5.3% 1.48 0.0% 0.0% 100.0% 0.0%
Carroll County 70 3 4.3% 1.05 0.0% 0.0% 100.0% 66.7%
Carter County 115 8 7.0% 1.39 14.3% 14.3% 14.3% 50.0%
Cheatham County 94 2 2.1% 0.52 0.0% 0.0% 100.0% 0.0%
Chester County 43 4 9.3% 2.40 0.0% 0.0% 75.0% 50.0%
Claiborne County 103 7 6.8% 2.22 0.0% 14.3% 71.4% 100.0%
Clay County 25 1 4.0% 1.27 0.0% 0.0% 100.0% 100.0%
Cocke County 108 9 8.3% 2.56 0.0% 0.0% 100.0% 55.6%
Coffee County 132 11 8.3% 2.12 0.0% 0.0% 90.9% 54.5%
Crockett County 42 3 7.1% 2.07 0.0% 0.0% 66.7% 66.7%
Cumberland County 148 4 2.7% 0.74 0.0% 0.0% 75.0% 25.0%
Davidson County 814 137 16.8% 2.25 0.0% 0.0% 67.2% 65.7%
Decatur County 48 1 2.1% 0.86 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 100.0%
DeKalb County 60 3 5.0% 1.62 0.0% 0.0% 66.7% 66.7%
Dickson County 150 13 8.7% 2.70 7.7% 7.7% 76.9% 61.5%
Dyer County 77 5 6.5% 1.32 0.0% 0.0% 100.0% 80.0%
Fayette County 88 2 2.3% 0.55 0.0% 0.0% 100.0% 50.0%
Fentress County 60 0 0.0% 0.00 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Franklin County 75 4 5.3% 0.98 0.0% 0.0% 100.0% 50.0%
Gibson County 108 7 6.5% 1.43 0.0% 0.0% 71.4% 85.7%
Giles County 82 5 6.1% 1.70 0.0% 0.0% 100.0% 20.0%
Grainger County 75 3 4.0% 1.35 0.0% 0.0% 100.0% 33.3%
Greene County 175 13 7.4% 1.93 0.0% 0.0% 76.9% 53.8%
Grundy County 69 2 2.9% 1.44 0.0% 50.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Hamblen County 97 5 5.2% 0.82 20.0% 20.0% 60.0% 60.0%
Hamilton County 428 46 10.7% 1.40 2.2% 11.1% 62.2% 76.1%
Hancock County 22 0 0.0% 0.00 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Hardeman County 70 1 1.4% 0.36 0.0% 0.0% 100.0% 100.0%
Hardin County 75 4 5.3% 1.55 0.0% 0.0% 75.0% 100.0%
Hawkins County 120 5 4.2% 0.89 0.0% 0.0% 60.0% 60.0%
Haywood County 71 2 2.8% 1.05 0.0% 0.0% 100.0% 0.0%
Henderson County 121 2 1.7% 0.73 0.0% 0.0% 100.0% 0.0%
Henry County 97 4 4.1% 1.25 0.0% 0.0% 66.7% 0.0%
Hickman County 59 1 1.7% 0.41 0.0% 0.0% 100.0% 100.0%
Houston County 24 0 0.0% 0.00 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Humphreys County 62 3 4.8% 1.64 0.0% 0.0% 100.0% 100.0%
Jackson County 25 1 4.0% 0.87 0.0% 0.0% 100.0% 100.0%
Jefferson County 108 3 2.8% 0.60 0.0% 0.0% 100.0% 33.3%
Johnson County 38 1 2.6% 0.55 0.0% 0.0% 100.0% 100.0%
Knox County 635 52 8.2% 1.24 0.0% 3.8% 55.8% 55.8%
Lake County 7 1 14.3% 1.28 0.0% 0.0% 100.0% 0.0%
Lauderdale County 75 1 1.3% 0.36 0.0% 0.0% 100.0% 0.0%
Lawrence County 114 4 3.5% 0.97 0.0% 0.0% 50.0% 25.0%
Lewis County 25 3 12.0% 2.52 0.0% 0.0% 50.0% 33.3%
Lincoln County 92 5 5.4% 1.53 0.0% 0.0% 60.0% 80.0%
Loudon County 88 3 3.4% 0.65 0.0% 0.0% 100.0% 33.3%
Macon County 54 1 1.9% 0.46 0.0% 0.0% 100.0% 0.0%
Madison County 204 18 8.8% 1.86 0.0% 0.0% 70.6% 61.1%
Marion County 129 2 1.6% 0.71 0.0% 0.0% 100.0% 0.0%
Marshall County 73 4 5.5% 1.36 0.0% 0.0% 50.0% 50.0%
Maury County 154 11 7.1% 1.42 0.0% 0.0% 72.7% 45.5%
McMinn County 155 2 1.3% 0.39 0.0% 0.0% 100.0% 100.0%
McNairy County 86 2 2.3% 0.78 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Meigs County 39 2 5.1% 1.74 0.0% 0.0% 100.0% 100.0%
Monroe County 106 3 2.8% 0.69 0.0% 0.0% 66.7% 100.0%
Montgomery County 248 28 11.3% 1.74 3.6% 3.6% 85.7% 89.3%
Moore County 16 0 0.0% 0.00 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Morgan County 68 1 1.5% 0.47 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Obion County 77 0 0.0% 0.00 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Overton County 59 0 0.0% 0.00 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Perry County 33 0 0.0% 0.00 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Pickett County 14 0 0.0% 0.00 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Polk County 61 2 3.3% 1.21 0.0% 0.0% 100.0% 100.0%
Putnam County 124 6 4.8% 0.86 0.0% 0.0% 83.3% 66.7%
Rhea County 55 3 5.5% 0.97 0.0% 0.0% 100.0% 66.7%
Roane County 124 4 3.2% 0.74 0.0% 25.0% 75.0% 50.0%
Robertson County 144 8 5.6% 1.27 0.0% 0.0% 75.0% 50.0%
Rutherford County 296 21 7.1% 0.86 0.0% 0.0% 76.2% 57.1%
Scott County 56 0 0.0% 0.00 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Sequatchie County 50 2 4.0% 1.48 0.0% 0.0% 100.0% 50.0%
Sevier County 202 10 5.0% 1.17 0.0% 0.0% 50.0% 80.0%
Shelby County 1,082 168 15.5% 1.82 0.0% 0.0% 74.9% 70.8%
Smith County 69 1 1.4% 0.53 0.0% 0.0% 100.0% 100.0%
Stewart County 44 1 2.3% 0.77 0.0% 0.0% 100.0% 0.0%
Sullivan County 246 18 7.3% 1.16 5.6% 27.8% 61.1% 61.1%
Sumner County 207 6 2.9% 0.39 0.0% 0.0% 66.7% 83.3%
Tipton County 93 7 7.5% 1.19 0.0% 0.0% 100.0% 57.1%
Trousdale County 37 3 8.1% 3.93 0.0% 0.0% 66.7% 33.3%
Unicoi County 33 1 3.0% 0.55 0.0% 0.0% 100.0% 0.0%
Union County 53 2 3.8% 1.05 50.0% 50.0% 50.0% 50.0%
Van Buren County 19 0 0.0% 0.00 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Warren County 99 3 3.0% 0.76 0.0% 0.0% 100.0% 66.7%
Washington County 151 11 7.3% 0.93 9.1% 18.2% 36.4% 54.5%
Wayne County 44 0 0.0% 0.00 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Weakley County 49 1 2.0% 0.29 0.0% 0.0% 100.0% 100.0%
White County 73 3 4.1% 1.19 0.0% 33.3% 33.3% 66.7%
Williamson County 119 2 1.7% 0.12 0.0% 0.0% 100.0% 50.0%
Wilson County 189 13 6.9% 1.21 0.0% 0.0% 92.3% 23.1%
Total for Tennessee 11,309 799 7.1% 1.29 1.0% 3.8% 71.8% 60.7%
US Total 383,489 47,025 12.3% 1.56 1.0% 9.8% 61.3% 52.3%