2017s Best & Worst Cities to Drive In


With gas prices dipping to their lowest in 12 years and Americans collectively losing about $124 billion annually in wasted time and fuel due to traffic congestion alone, the personal-finance website WalletHub took an in-depth look at 2017’s Best & Worst Cities to Drive in.

To determine the most driver-friendly places in the U.S., WalletHub’s analysts compared the 100 largest cities across 25 key metrics. The data set ranges from average gas prices to average annual hours of traffic delays to auto-repair shops per capita.

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.

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