Traffic! - Best and Worst Cities To Drive


The Bottom Line:

  • WalletHub has just come out with their picks for the Best and Worst Cities to Drive In
  • They looked at 100 of the largest U.S. cities on 31 factors of driver-friendliness, including gas prices, annual hours of traffic delays, and more
  • Raleigh, North Carolina is the best city to drive in, while Oakland, California is the worst
  • Source:WalletHub

The Full Story:

While some people love to get behind the wheel of their car and drive, others dread having to go anywhere in their vehicle, and where you live could play a role in which side of that opinion you fall on.

  • WalletHub has just come out with their picks for the Best and Worst Cities to Drive In.
  • They looked at 100 of the largest U.S. cities on 30 factors of driver-friendliness in areas like cost of ownership and maintenance, traffic and infrastructure, safety and access to vehicles and maintenance.
  • Those factors include gas prices, annual hours of traffic delays, cost of a new car, average commute time and more.
  • Overall, Raleigh, North Carolina tops the list as the best city to drive in, scoring a 67.52, and landing at four for cost of ownership and maintenance and six for safety.
  • When it comes to traffic and infrastructure, Birmingham, Alabama, is the best city for drivers, while Greensboro, North Carolina is tops for cost of ownership and maintenance, Laredo, Texas is tops for safety, and Orlando, Florida is tops for access to vehicles and maintenance. 

Top Ten Best Cities To Drive In

  1. Raleigh, NC
  2. Lincoln, NE
  3. Greensboro, NC
  4. Winston-Salem, NC
  5. Corpus Christi, TX
  6. Boise, ID
  7. Jacksonville, FL
  8. Scottsdale, Arizona
  9. Tampa, FL
  10. Austin, TX
  • On the flipside, Oakland, California is the worst city to drive in, scoring just a 34.20, and landing at the very bottom for cost of ownership and in the bottom ten for safety.
  • When it comes to traffic and infrastructure, New York, New York is at the bottom of the barrel. 

Ten Worst Cities To Drive In

  1. Oakland, CA
  2. Detroit, MI
  3. San Francisco, CA
  4. Philadelphia, PA
  5. New York, NY
  6. Chicago, IL
  7. Los Angeles, CA
  8. Baltimore, MD
  9. Washington, DC
  10. San Bernardino, CA

Click here to see other cities on the lists.

Traffic in downtown Los Angeles, California

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