Study ranks best and worst cities to drive in the U.S. for 2019

The 100 largest U.S. cities were compared across 30 metrics to determine the rankings

September 04, 2019
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Map of best and worst cities for driving, ranked for 2019. Image: WalletHub

A recent study conducted by the personal finance website WalletHub ranks the best and worst cities to drive in the U.S.

To determine the most driver-friendly places in the U.S., WalletHub compared the 100 largest cities across 30 key metrics. The data set ranges from average gas prices to annual hours in traffic congestion per auto commuter to auto-repair shops per capita.

One highlight the study found was that Winston-Salem, North Carolina and Fort Wayne, Indiana residents spend the fewest annual hours in traffic congestion per auto commuter (9) which is 18.2 times fewer than in Boston, the city where residents spend the most at 164.

Another finding was that San Antonio has the lowest average gas price ($2.36 per gallon), which is 1.8 times lower than in San Francisco, the city with the highest at $4.13 per gallon.

Among the top 100 cities, WalletHub found that when compared to the national average of traffic accidents, Boise, Idaho had the lowest accident likelihood, whereas the cities of Baltimore, Boston, Los Angeles, and Washington D.C. tied for the highest likelihood.

The best cities for driving ranked among the top 100 cities in the U.S. according to WalletHub include 1.) Raleigh, North Carolina; 2.) Orlando, Florida; 3.) Lincoln, Nebraska; 4.) Tampa, Florida; 5.) Winston-Salem, North Carolina; 6.) Birmingham, Alabama; 7.) Corpus Christi, Texas; 8.) Boise, Idaho; 9.) Charlotte, North Carolina; and 10.) Greensboro, North Carolina.

The worst cities that ranked the lowest in the list of the top 100 included 100.) Detroit; 99.) Oakland, California; 98.) Philadelphia; 97.) San Francisco; 96.) Newark, New Jersey; 95.) Washington, D.C.; 94.) Seattle; 93.) Los Angeles; 92.) New York City; and 91.) Honolulu.


SOURCE: WalletHub