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States where you are most likely to hit a deer

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    States where you are most likely to hit a deer

    Your odds of being killed by an animal in the U.S. are incredibly low—around just one in 1.4 million. And the most common culprits when those tragedies do occur aren’t the alligators, scorpions, or snakes you’d probably expect—they’re deer. As humans continue to build cities in the natural habitats of deer, these animals are more likely to run into the middle of the road (causing 1.33 million vehicular accidents in 2018 alone). These accidents are more common between October and December during deer mating season, and right before or after dawn and during the night when deer are most active and it’s harder to see.

    These accidents are dangerous and expensive, costing drivers an average of $4,341 in 2017; and being aware of your surroundings is fundamental in avoiding them. Stacker used insurance company State Farm’s annual deer collision study to rank which states (plus Washington D.C.)  had the highest odds of a collision involving a deer, elk, moose, or caribou. These statistics are based purely on comprehensive and collision insurance claims filed between July 1, 2017, and June 30, 2018—so odds may be higher if some accidents went unreported.

    You probably won’t be surprised to find that more rural Appalachian and Midwestern regions had some of the highest odds in the country, while the desert Southwest had some of the lowest. Curious to see if your state topped the list? Click through to find out—and remember to always keep your eyes on the road, no matter the odds.

     

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    #51. Hawaii

    2018 chances of hitting a deer: 1 In 6,379 (0.02% of drivers)
    2017 chances of hitting a deer: 1 In 6,823 (0.01% of drivers)
    One-year percent change: 7.0% increase

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    #50. California

    2018 chances of hitting a deer: 1 In 1,125 (0.09% of drivers)
    2017 chances of hitting a deer: 1 In 1,117 (0.09% of drivers)
    One-year percent change: 0.7% decrease

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    #49. Nevada

    2018 chances of hitting a deer: 1 In 1,088 (0.09% of drivers)
    2017 chances of hitting a deer: 1 In 966 (0.10% of drivers)
    One-year percent change: 11.2% decrease

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    #48. Arizona

    2018 chances of hitting a deer: 1 In 1,073 (0.09% of drivers)
    2017 chances of hitting a deer: 1 In 973 (0.10% of drivers)
    One-year percent change: 9.3% decrease

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    #47. Washington, D.C.

    2018 chances of hitting a deer: 1 In 883 (0.11% of drivers)
    2017 chances of hitting a deer: 1 In 713 (0.14% of drivers)
    One-year percent change: 19.2% decrease

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    #46. Florida

    2018 chances of hitting a deer: 1 In 831 (0.12% of drivers)
    2017 chances of hitting a deer: 1 In 847 (0.12% of drivers)
    One-year percent change: 1.9% increase

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    #45. Rhode Island

    2018 chances of hitting a deer: 1 In 538 (0.19% of drivers)
    2017 chances of hitting a deer: 1 In 280 (0.36% of drivers)
    One-year percent change: 48.0% decrease

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    #44. Massachusetts

    2018 chances of hitting a deer: 1 In 469 (0.21% of drivers)
    2017 chances of hitting a deer: 1 In 593 (0.17% of drivers)
    One-year percent change: 26.5% increase

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    #43. New Mexico

    2018 chances of hitting a deer: 1 In 453 (0.22% of drivers)
    2017 chances of hitting a deer: 1 In 397 (0.25% of drivers)
    One-year percent change: 12.4% decrease

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    #42. Alaska

    2018 chances of hitting a deer: 1 In 396 (0.25% of drivers)
    2017 chances of hitting a deer: 1 In 407 (0.25% of drivers)
    One-year percent change: 2.7% increase

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    #41. Washington

    2018 chances of hitting a deer: 1 In 395 (0.25% of drivers)
    2017 chances of hitting a deer: 1 In 356 (0.28% of drivers)
    One-year percent change: 9.8% decrease

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    #40. Louisiana

    2018 chances of hitting a deer: 1 In 315 (0.32% of drivers)
    2017 chances of hitting a deer: 1 In 332 (0.30% of drivers)
    One-year percent change: 5.7% increase

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    #39. Colorado

    2018 chances of hitting a deer: 1 In 277 (0.36% of drivers)
    2017 chances of hitting a deer: 1 In 253 (0.40% of drivers)
    One-year percent change: 8.9% decrease

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    #38. Texas

    2018 chances of hitting a deer: 1 In 266 (0.38% of drivers)
    2017 chances of hitting a deer: 1 In 269 (0.37% of drivers)
    One-year percent change: 1.2% increase

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    #37. Connecticut

    2018 chances of hitting a deer: 1 In 263 (0.38% of drivers)
    2017 chances of hitting a deer: 1 In 304 (0.33% of drivers)
    One-year percent change: 15.7% increase

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    #36. Oregon

    2018 chances of hitting a deer: 1 In 256 (0.39% of drivers)
    2017 chances of hitting a deer: 1 In 254 (0.39% of drivers)
    One-year percent change: 1.1% decrease

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    #35. New Hampshire

    2018 chances of hitting a deer: 1 In 242 (0.41% of drivers)
    2017 chances of hitting a deer: 1 In 252 (0.40% of drivers)
    One-year percent change: 4.1% increase

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    #34. Utah

    2018 chances of hitting a deer: 1 In 239 (0.42% of drivers)
    2017 chances of hitting a deer: 1 In 222 (0.45% of drivers)
    One-year percent change: 6.9% decrease

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    #33. New Jersey

    2018 chances of hitting a deer: 1 In 232 (0.43% of drivers)
    2017 chances of hitting a deer: 1 In 229 (0.44% of drivers)
    One-year percent change: 1.6% decrease

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    #32. Illinois

    2018 chances of hitting a deer: 1 In 200 (0.50% of drivers)
    2017 chances of hitting a deer: 1 In 204 (0.49% of drivers)
    One-year percent change: 2.3% increase

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    #30. Tennessee (tie)

    2018 chances of hitting a deer: 1 In 173 (0.58% of drivers)
    2017 chances of hitting a deer: 1 In 143 (0.70% of drivers)
    One-year percent change: 17.2% decrease

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    #30. Vermont (tie)

    2018 chances of hitting a deer: 1 In 173 (0.58% of drivers)
    2017 chances of hitting a deer: 1 In 150 (0.67% of drivers)
    One-year percent change: 13.0% decrease

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    #28. New York (tie)

    2018 chances of hitting a deer: 1 In 165 (0.61% of drivers)
    2017 chances of hitting a deer: 1 In 161 (0.62% of drivers)
    One-year percent change: 2.4% decrease

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    #28. Oklahoma (tie)

    2018 chances of hitting a deer: 1 In 165 (0.61% of drivers)
    2017 chances of hitting a deer: 1 In 194 (0.52% of drivers)
    One-year percent change: 17.7% increase

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    #27. Idaho

    2018 chances of hitting a deer: 1 In 164 (0.61% of drivers)
    2017 chances of hitting a deer: 1 In 151 (0.66% of drivers)
    One-year percent change: 8.0% decrease

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    #26. Nebraska

    2018 chances of hitting a deer: 1 In 149 (0.67% of drivers)
    2017 chances of hitting a deer: 1 In 134 (0.75% of drivers)
    One-year percent change: 10.5% decrease

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    #25. Indiana

    2018 chances of hitting a deer: 1 In 147 (0.68% of drivers)
    2017 chances of hitting a deer: 1 In 145 (0.69% of drivers)
    One-year percent change: 1.3% decrease

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    #24. Delaware

    2018 chances of hitting a deer: 1 In 139 (0.72% of drivers)
    2017 chances of hitting a deer: 1 In 132 (0.76% of drivers)
    One-year percent change: 5.1% decrease

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    #23. Maryland

    2018 chances of hitting a deer: 1 In 138 (0.72% of drivers)
    2017 chances of hitting a deer: 1 In 127 (0.79% of drivers)
    One-year percent change: 7.8% decrease

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    #22. Alabama

    2018 chances of hitting a deer: 1 In 136 (0.74% of drivers)
    2017 chances of hitting a deer: 1 In 131 (0.76% of drivers)
    One-year percent change: 3.8% decrease

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    #21. Maine

    2018 chances of hitting a deer: 1 In 135 (0.74% of drivers)
    2017 chances of hitting a deer: 1 In 127 (0.79% of drivers)
    One-year percent change: 5.7% decrease

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    #20. Ohio

    2018 chances of hitting a deer: 1 In 134 (0.75% of drivers)
    2017 chances of hitting a deer: 1 In 128 (0.78% of drivers)
    One-year percent change: 4.7% decrease

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    #19. Georgia

    2018 chances of hitting a deer: 1 In 131 (0.76% of drivers)
    2017 chances of hitting a deer: 1 In 122 (0.82% of drivers)
    One-year percent change: 7.1% decrease

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    #18. Kansas

    2018 chances of hitting a deer: 1 In 130 (0.77% of drivers)
    2017 chances of hitting a deer: 1 In 127 (0.79% of drivers)
    One-year percent change: 2.5% decrease

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    #17. North Carolina

    2018 chances of hitting a deer: 1 In 113 (0.88% of drivers)
    2017 chances of hitting a deer: 1 In 109 (0.92% of drivers)
    One-year percent change: 3.6% decrease

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    #16. Missouri

    2018 chances of hitting a deer: 1 In 110 (0.91% of drivers)
    2017 chances of hitting a deer: 1 In 112 (0.89% of drivers)
    One-year percent change: 1.6% increase

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    #15. Kentucky

    2018 chances of hitting a deer: 1 In 107 (0.93% of drivers)
    2017 chances of hitting a deer: 1 In 100 (1.00% of drivers)
    One-year percent change: 7.1% decrease

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    #14. Arkansas

    2018 chances of hitting a deer: 1 In 106 (0.94% of drivers)
    2017 chances of hitting a deer: 1 In 97 (1.03% of drivers)
    One-year percent change: 8.9% decrease

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    #13. North Dakota

    2018 chances of hitting a deer: 1 In 103 (0.97% of drivers)
    2017 chances of hitting a deer: 1 In 87 (1.15% of drivers)
    One-year percent change: 51.9% decrease

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    #12. Virginia

    2018 chances of hitting a deer: 1 In 99 (1.01% of drivers)
    2017 chances of hitting a deer: 1 In 94 (1.06% of drivers)
    One-year percent change: 4.7% decrease

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    #11. South Carolina

    2018 chances of hitting a deer: 1 In 98 (1.02% of drivers)
    2017 chances of hitting a deer: 1 In 95 (1.05% of drivers)
    One-year percent change: 3.3% decrease

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    #10. Mississippi

    2018 chances of hitting a deer: 1 In 91 (1.10% of drivers)
    2017 chances of hitting a deer: 1 In 95 (1.05% of drivers)
    One-year percent change: 4.1% increase

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    #9. Wyoming

    2018 chances of hitting a deer: 1 In 88 (1.14% of drivers)
    2017 chances of hitting a deer: 1 In 79 (1.27% of drivers)
    One-year percent change: 9.4% decrease

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    #8. Michigan

    2018 chances of hitting a deer: 1 In 80 (1.25% of drivers)
    2017 chances of hitting a deer: 1 In 85 (1.18% of drivers)
    One-year percent change: 5.8% increase

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    #7. Minnesota

    2018 chances of hitting a deer: 1 In 77 (1.30% of drivers)
    2017 chances of hitting a deer: 1 In 74 (1.35% of drivers)
    One-year percent change: 4.8% decrease

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    #6. South Dakota

    2018 chances of hitting a deer: 1 In 75 (1.33% of drivers)
    2017 chances of hitting a deer: 1 In 73 (1.37% of drivers)
    One-year percent change: 2.7% decrease

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    #5. Iowa

    2018 chances of hitting a deer: 1 In 73 (1.37% of drivers)
    2017 chances of hitting a deer: 1 In 69 (1.45% of drivers)
    One-year percent change: 5.3% decrease

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    #4. Wisconsin

    2018 chances of hitting a deer: 1 In 72 (1.39% of drivers)
    2017 chances of hitting a deer: 1 In 72 (1.39% of drivers)
    One-year percent change: 0.6% increase

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    #3. Pennsylvania

    2018 chances of hitting a deer: 1 In 63 (1.59% of drivers)
    2017 chances of hitting a deer: 1 In 63 (1.59% of drivers)
    One-year percent change: 0.2% decrease

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    #2. Montana

    2018 chances of hitting a deer: 1 In 57 (1.75% of drivers)
    2017 chances of hitting a deer: 1 In 57 (1.75% of drivers)
    One-year percent change: 1.3% increase

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    #1. West Virginia

    2018 chances of hitting a deer: 1 In 46 (2.17% of drivers)
    2017 chances of hitting a deer: 1 In 43 (2.33% of drivers)
    One-year percent change: 7.5% decrease

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