2021’s Best & Worst Cities to Drive in

With car sales up 9% in the first quarter of 2021, in part due to fear of public transportation during the COVID-19 pandemic, the personal-finance website WalletHub today released its report on 2021’s Best & Worst Cities to Drive in, as well as accompanying videos and expert commentary.

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.

Best Cities for Driving Who To Blame Worst Cities for Driving Who To Blame
1. Raleigh, NC Republican Run 91. San Bernardino, CA Democrat Run
2. Lincoln, NE Republican Run 92. Washington, DC Democrat Run
3. Greensboro, NC Republican Run 93. Baltimore, MD Democrat Run
4. Winston-Salem, NC Republican Run 94. Los Angeles, CA Democrat Run
5. Corpus Christi, TX Republican Run 95. Chicago, IL Democrat Run
6. Boise, ID Republican Run 96. New York, NY Democrat Run
7. Jacksonville, FL Republican Run 97. Philadelphia, PA Democrat Run
8. Scottsdale, AZ Republican Run 98. San Francisco, CA Democrat Run
9. Tampa, FL Republican Run 99. Detroit, MI Democrat Run
10. Austin, TX Republican Run 100. Oakland, CA Democrat Run

Best vs. Worst

  • Chula Vista, California, has the lowest traffic fatality rate (per 100,000 residents), 2.55, which is 7.8 times lower than in Memphis, Tennessee, the city with the highest at 19.97.
  • Irvine, California, has the fewest car thefts (per 1,000 residents), 0.56, which is 20.7 times fewer than in Oakland, California, the city with the most at 11.61.
  • San Antonio has the lowest average gas price, $2.66 per gallon, which is 1.7 times lower than in San Francisco, the city with the highest at $4.40 per gallon.
  • Hialeah, Florida, has the lowest average parking rate, $0.90 per two hours, which is 38.7 times lower than in Boston, the city with the highest at $34.80 per two hours.

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