2020 BEST and WORST CITIES To Drive In


According to WalletHub, Most Americans rely on cars to get around, as “87 percent of daily trips take place in personal vehicles,” according to the Bureau of Transportation Statistics. In addition, during the COVID-19 pandemic, fear of public transportation has led to more reliance on personal vehicles than usual. Due to the pandemic, 20 percent of people who don’t own a car are considering buying one.

While driving offers a more isolated commute, it is often a major hassle and expense. Drivers annually spend an average of more than 310 hours on the road. That’s nearly 13 days. Add the costs of wasted time and fuel due to traffic congestions, and our collective tab comes to about $1,400 per driver each year.

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Overall Rank

City

Total Score

‘Cost of Ownership & Maintenance’ Rank

‘Traffic & Infrastructure’ Rank

‘Safety’ Rank

‘Access to Vehicles & Maintenance’ Rank

(1 = Best)

1

Lincoln, NE

68.01

4

13

5

83

2

Raleigh, NC

66.25

3

22

8

52

3

Corpus Christi, TX

65.57

11

7

21

79

4

Greensboro, NC

65.33

2

38

30

39

5

Boise, ID

65.08

39

4

3

85

6

Plano, TX

63.77

16

49

9

37

7

Winston-Salem, NC

63.65

1

30

36

91

8

Nashville, TN

62.8

5

16

76

41

9

Orlando, FL

62.79

29

1

93

2

10

Omaha, NE

62.65

15

26

45

48

11

Virginia Beach, VA

62.29

7

81

18

71

12

El Paso, TX

62.2

33

36

6

80

13

Scottsdale, AZ

62.19

49

5

26

29

14

Austin, TX

62.1

22

32

46

18

15

Oklahoma City, OK

61.93

43

14

28

54

16

Lexington-Fayette, KY

61.87

13

41

29

87

17

Chesapeake, VA

61.82

9

74

13

94

18

Lubbock, TX

61.71

10

20

56

74

19

Norfolk, VA

61.09

6

54

53

92

20

Tulsa, OK

60.67

41

6

65

31

21

Jacksonville, FL

60.63

18

8

80

47

22

Wichita, KS

60.52

26

17

55

88

23

Garland, TX

60.48

32

61

35

21

24

Tampa, FL

60.45

57

15

66

3

25

Kansas City, MO

60.3

8

10

87

67

26

Arlington, TX

60.14

30

63

41

19

27

Charlotte, NC

59.84

21

55

51

35

28

Irving, TX

59.82

25

65

24

58

29

Birmingham, AL

59.76

23

3

97

7

30

Buffalo, NY

59.6

27

51

39

65

31

Fort Worth, TX

59.44

36

60

47

23

32

Toledo, OH

59.38

14

24

73

81

33

San Antonio, TX

59.35

31

48

58

24

34

Fort Wayne, IN

59.33

28

44

48

78

35

Durham, NC

58.86

35

43

32

84

36

Gilbert, AZ

58.82

62

41

7

98

37

Madison, WI

58.81

47

45

11

95

38

Atlanta, GA

58.66

46

11

91

5

39

Mesa, AZ

58.65

59

37

16

70

40

Chandler, AZ

58.28

63

18

27

96

41

Laredo, TX

58.18

34

67

15

100

42

Dallas, TX

57.96

24

57

71

20

43

Columbus, OH

57.79

20

50

77

38

44

Indianapolis, IN

57.61

19

47

81

42

45

St. Louis, MO

57.59

12

33

99

4

46

Reno, NV

57.31

70

19

22

64

47

Louisville, KY

57

40

52

57

57

48

Houston, TX

56.7

37

76

61

13

49

Las Vegas, NV

56.59

76

2

69

9

50

Pittsburgh, PA

56.11

50

73

52

16

51

Cincinnati, OH

56.07

42

34

89

11

52

Tucson, AZ

55.85

44

21

86

59

53

St. Paul, MN

55.84

54

79

37

50

54

Baton Rouge, LA

55.13

45

39

88

25

55

Colorado Springs, CO

54.92

64

66

38

69

56

St. Petersburg, FL

54.84

52

25

83

45

57

Phoenix, AZ

54.78

53

31

74

76

58

Memphis, TN

54.44

17

27

100

62

59

Irvine, CA

54.32

88

28

1

27

60

Minneapolis, MN

53.75

65

80

33

49

61

Bakersfield, CA

53.69

73

23

43

46

62

Henderson, NV

53.61

87

9

19

75

63

Glendale, AZ

53.55

60

35

72

73

64

Anchorage, AK

53.53

48

87

42

99

65

Milwaukee, WI

53.14

56

68

68

61

66

Albuquerque, NM

52.78

38

29

96

56

67

Cleveland, OH

51.59

51

85

84

14

68

Aurora, CO

51.32

61

90

59

60

69

Riverside, CA

51.16

80

58

23

32

70

Anaheim, CA

51.12

84

75

17

6

71

Miami, FL

51.08

72

53

95

1

72

Chula Vista, CA

51.05

96

46

2

43

73

Hialeah, FL

50.76

55

83

92

22

74

Fremont, CA

50.71

82

82

4

30

75

Fresno, CA

50.7

78

40

31

82

76

Denver, CO

50.2

67

86

63

40

77

Portland, OR

50.09

69

70

79

36

78

Jersey City, NJ

49.67

68

96

50

34

79

Santa Ana, CA

49.62

100

72

10

8

80

New Orleans, LA

49.4

74

62

64

90

81

Long Beach, CA

48.64

89

78

20

10

82

San Diego, CA

48.46

95

56

12

12

83

Boston, MA

48.01

66

94

49

97

84

North Las Vegas, NV

47.93

91

12

75

86

85

Sacramento, CA

47.85

92

64

34

15

86

Washington, DC

46.98

58

91

90

68

87

Baltimore, MD

46.43

71

77

94

63

88

Honolulu, HI

46.23

94

69

40

28

89

San Jose, CA

45.75

83

88

25

93

90

Stockton, CA

45.75

81

59

67

89

91

Seattle, WA

44.77

86

84

60

55

92

Newark, NJ

44.74

75

98

78

17

93

San Bernardino, CA

44.07

93

71

70

72

94

Chicago, IL

43.6

79

99

54

33

95

Los Angeles, CA

42.44

99

89

44

26

96

New York, NY

42.33

90

100

14

51

97

Detroit, MI

40.34

77

93

98

53

98

San Francisco, CA

39.55

97

95

62

66

99

Philadelphia, PA

38.67

85

97

82

77

100

Oakland, CA

38.16

98

92

85

44

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