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Wallethub names 2017’s Best & Worst Cities to Drive in

Most Americans rely on cars to get around. According to the Bureau of Transportation Statistics, “87 percent of daily trips take place in personal vehicles.” And even with growing access to public transportation in U.S. cities, most people still choose to travel by car, mainly for reasons such as “comfort and reliability.”

Wallethub names 2017’s Best & Worst Cities to Drive in

Most Americans rely on cars to get around. According to the Bureau of Transportation Statistics, “87 percent of daily trips take place in personal vehicles.” And even with growing access to public transportation in U.S. cities, most people still choose to travel by car, mainly for reasons such as “comfort and reliability.”

In truth, however, driving is often a major hassle and expense. Drivers annually spend an average of 200 hours on the road, plus another 41 hours in gridlock. For a full-time worker, that’s the equivalent of a six-week vacation. Add the costs of wasted time and fuel due to traffic congestions, and our collective tab comes to about $124 billion annually, or $1,700 per household. That figure doesn’t even include the additional $515 expense for maintenance and repairs, which many of us are likely to spend given the poor quality of America’s roads — currently ranking No. 14 out of 140 economically developed nations, according to the World Economic Forum, and graded “D” by the American Society of Civil Engineers.

But some cities are better for those behind the wheel. To determine those places, WalletHub’s analysts compared the 100 largest cities across 25 key indicators of driver-friendliness. Our data set ranges from average gas prices to average annual hours of traffic delays to auto-repair shops per capita. Read on for our findings, tips and insight from a panel of experts, and a full description of our methodology.

 

  Best Cities for Driving Worst Cities for Driving
1 Corpus Christi, TX 91 Los Angeles, CA
2 Gilbert, AZ 92 Baltimore, MD
3 Greensboro, NC 93 Philadelphia, PA
4 Mesa, AZ 94 Honolulu, HI
5 El Paso, TX 95 Boston, MA
6 Laredo, TX 96 Seattle, WA
7 Winston-Salem, NC 97 Washington, DC
8 Plano, TX 98 Detroit, MI
9 Scottsdale, AZ 99 Oakland, CA
10 Raleigh, NC 100 San Francisco, CA

Best vs. Worst

  • Greensboro, North Carolina, residents spend the fewest annual hours in traffic congestion per auto commuter, 4.2, which is 24.8 times fewer than in Los Angeles, the city where residents spend the most at 104.1.
     
  • Gilbert, Arizona, has the fewest car thefts (per 1,000 residents), 0.55, which is 27.7 times fewer than in Oakland, California, the city with the most at 15.23.
     
  • Las Vegas has the most auto-repair shops (per square root of the population), 1.41, which is 8.8 times more than in Boston, the city with the fewest at 0.16.
     
  • Tulsa, Oklahoma, has the lowest average gas price, $1.85 per gallon, which is 1.7 times lower than in San Francisco, the city with the highest at $3.20 per gallon.
     
  • Winston-Salem, North Carolina, has the lowest average parking rate, $2.59 per two hours, which is 9.1 times lower than in Boston, the city with the highest at $23.54 per two hours.


To view the full report and your city’s rank, please visit:
https://wallethub.com/edu/best-worst-cities-to-drive-in/13964/

 

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