12 Most Reckless States in America

5 of 6

4. New Mexico

New Mexico
Source: Pixabay

New Mexico comes in at No. 4 on the list of most reckless states in the U.S. Best Life gave “the Land of Enchantment” a reckless index score of 70.87. This score is based on the following data:

Speeding tickets per capita: 361.28
Pedestrian fatalities per capita: 3.96
Debt per capita: $3,352.81
Landfill trash per capita: 33.3 tons
Average life expectancy: 77.6

FUN FACT: New Mexico is known as “the Land of Enchantment” because, according to FWT Magazine, “you will become enraptured with its culture, architecture, scenery, and cuisine.”

3. Mississippi

Source: Pixabay

Mississippi received a reckless index score of 93.41. Its speeding tickets per capita is 817.44. Pedestrian fatalities per capita are 2.95. Debt per capita is $2,518.26. Landfill trash per capita is 35.3 tons. And, the average life expectancy for a Mississippi resident is 74.5 years.

Additionally, Mississippi has the highest infant mortality rate in the nation, coming in at No. 50. For example, the infant mortality rate in Mississippi in 2019 was 9.07.

Even back in 2012, Mississippi still had the highest infant mortality rate in the nation, with 8.8 deaths per 1,000 live births, compared to 6.0 deaths per 1,000 live births for the nation as a whole.