New Study Reveals the Best and Worst Cities to Drive in for 2020

by Gwen Newell

With more Americans increasingly using personal vehicles rather than public transportation due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the personal finance website WalletHub has released its report on 2020’s Best and Worst Cities to Drive in.

To determine the most driver-friendly places in the U.S., WalletHub compared the 100 largest cities across 31 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.

Best Cities for Driving

  1. Lincoln, NE
  2. Raleigh, NC
  3. Corpus Christi, TX
  4. Greensboro, NC
  5. Boise, ID
  6. Plano, TX
  7. Winston-Salem, NC
  8. Nashville, TN
  9. Orlando, FL
  10. Omaha, NE

Worst Cities for Driving

  1. Seattle, WA
  2. Newark, NJ
  3. San Bernardino, CA
  4. Chicago, IL
  5. Los Angeles, CA
  6. New York, NY
  7. Detroit, MI
  8. San Francisco, CA
  9. Philadelphia, PA
  10. Oakland, CA

Best vs. Worst

  • Boston has the lowest traffic fatality rate (per 100,000 residents) which is 11 times lower than in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, the city with the highest traffic fatality rate.
  • Gilbert, Arizona, has the fewest car thefts (per 1,000 residents) which is 19 times fewer than in Albuquerque, New Mexico, the city with the most.
  • San Antonio has the lowest average gas price, $1.75 per gallon, which is 2 times lower than in San Francisco, the city with the highest at $3.35 per gallon.
  • Corpus Christi, Texas, and Reno, Nevada, have the lowest average parking rate, $1.00 per two hours, which is 40 times lower than in New York, the city with the highest at $40.00 per two hours.

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

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