Top 10 Worst Cities to Drive In: 2017

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Top 10 Worst Cities to Drive In: 2017

If you live in California, you won’t be surprised to learn that driving there continues to be terrible.

To determine the best and worst cities to drive in, WalletHub analyzed and compared the 100 largest cities across 25 key indicators of driver-friendliness. Each city received a total score based on four key dimensions: cost of ownership and maintenance, traffic and infrastructure, safety, and access to vehicles and maintenance. Within each category, there were metrics graded on a 100-point scale ranging from the cost of a new car and average gas price to the number of days with rain and the traffic fatality rate per 100,000 people.

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Here are the top 10 worst cities to drive in, according to WalletHub’s study.

10. Los Angeles, California

Residents of Los Angeles, California, won’t be surprised to see their city on the list, but might be surprised to hear it’s not the worst. L.A. ranked 99 on cost of ownership and maintenance, 90 on traffic and infrastructure, 65 on safety, and 10 on access to vehicles and maintenance. The city had a total score of 42.16. Los Angeles also gets mentioned for tying in last place for highest annual hours spent in congestion per auto commuter and was 97th place for highest accident likelihood in the city versus the national average.


9. Baltimore, Maryland

With a total score of 40.83, Baltimore is next on the list. The city ranked 68 on cost of ownership and maintenance, 85 on traffic and infrastructure, 96 on safety, and 66 on access to vehicles and maintenance. Baltimore also tied in 98 for highest accident likelihood in the city versus the national average.


8. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Philadelphia managed a total score of 40.14, after ranking 93 in cost of ownership and maintenance, 86 on traffic and infrastructure, 80 in safety, and 29 on access to vehicles and maintenance. The city also ranked 96 in highest accident likelihood in the city versus the national average and was has one of the highest parking rates in the country.


7. Honolulu, Hawaii

Only New York beats Honolulu when it comes to highest auto maintenance costs. The city has a total score of 38.77, ranking 92 in cost of ownership and maintenance, 92 in traffic and infrastructure, 68 in safety, and 85 in access to vehicles and maintenance.


6. Boston, Massachusetts

Tied for worst in highest accident likelihood in the city versus the national average is Boston, which also ranked worst for fewest auto repair shops per capita. The city also got recognized for the fewest car washes per capita, has the highest parking rates, and ranked 97 for highest auto maintenance costs. Boston ranked 78 in cost of ownership and maintenance, 100 in traffic and infrastructure, 53 in safety, and 97 in access to vehicles and maintenance.


5. Seattle, Washington

Seattle receives honors for tying in second worst in most days with precipitation, which shouldn’t come as a surprise to residents. Seattle also ranked 96 highest auto maintenance costs. The city had a total score of 37.65, ranking 95 in cost of ownership and maintenance, 95 in traffic and infrastructure, 71 in safety, and 57 in access to vehicles and maintenance.


4. Washington, D.C.

The nation’s capital is also one of the worst cities to drive in, finishing with a total score of 36.85. The city ranked 73 in cost of ownership and maintenance, 97 in traffic and infrastructure, 91 in safety, and 71 in access to vehicles and maintenance. It also tied for worst in highest annual hours spent in congestion per auto commuter, as well as highest accident likelihood in the city versus the national average. Washington, D.C. was also the fourth-worst city when it comes to highest parking rates.


3. Detroit, Michigan

Home of “The Big Three,” Detroit had a total score of 36.42 in the study. The city ranked 89 in cost of ownership and maintenance, 91 in traffic and infrastructure, 94 in safety, and 32 in access to vehicles and maintenance.


2. Oakland, California

Oakland is the second-worst city to drive in, with a total score of 36.37. It ranks 98 in cost of ownership and maintenance, 80 in traffic and infrastructure, 90 in safety, and 73 in access to vehicles and maintenance. Oakland also ties for highest car theft rate in the nation and is second worst when it comes to highest average gas prices.


1. San Francisco, California

The worst city in America to drive in is San Francisco, California. With a total score of 29.46, the city also ranked worst in cost of ownership and maintenance, 93 in traffic and infrastructure, 98 in safety, and 77 in access to vehicles and maintenance. It also ties for highest annual hours spent in congestion per auto commuter and has the highest average gas prices.

[Source: WalletHub]

  • MXJ222

    Worthless “10 worst” list and worthless article.

  • Jonny_Vancouver

    I’d like to nominate Canadian cities Vancouver, and Richmond B.C. as terrible cities to drive in during rush hour. Gotta love what Elon Musk is doing with his Boring Company in L.A. Please feel free to send a team up here to do the same, Mr. Musk.

  • Isend2C

    Austin? NYC?

  • mick kay

    NYC missed out because the traffic never moves.

  • mick kay

    Worthless comment.

  • Just ask the AXIS

    Hey, Moe!!!!

  • Just ask the AXIS

    This article amounts to a reprint from last year. All they needed to do was swap a couple of cities. Fake journalism.

  • MXJ222

    Worthless comment.

  • myfordtruck

    who cares I would not go to any of those places if you paid me not going any place I cannot carry my gun

  • APC900

    Greensboro, North Carolina is a horrible place to drive. In three years, other than the few days I have not driven, there’s been approximately five days of no tail-gaiting.
    Red light running is a constant thing also.

  • 57ChevyBelAir

    Outside USA, try Rio de Janeiro or São Paulo.

  • grouchyroan

    this article sounds like it was done in the same manner that politicians that don’t drive make traffic laws. I’ve been on the road legally since 1957 and the total miles ive logged would stagger the mind, but the title of the article says to drive in. it gives the impression to me of getting from one place to the other either on a daily basis or passing through. where you park your car, or how much gas costs, or maintenance have nothing to do with it. sure you can argue about changing oil or mechanic charges etc, but lots of so called journalist and watch groups beat that to death all the time. i also have a brother and a nephew that drove big rigs for years. so my opinion, i guess i am allowed to have one, is that this is just something the author put together for his wages. try driving through, yes driving not working on your car, Austin tx any time day or night, Atlanta Ga, just passing through kick it up to about 80 or so to merge onto interchanges or you won’t make it. When i made my last tow trip to san jose from san antonio in late 90s i could still pick times to get through all major cities on the way without problems, even LA, my relatives there tell me its harder now. Up north my pick would be New York, DC, and i would agree on San Francisco, but for driving, and why separate Oakland, aren’t they practically the same, oh well, maybe the authors of these get paid by the word.

  • HarleyRider77

    who the fuck cares

  • 57ChevyBelAir

    Be elegant and fuck yourself.

  • Fry ✓ ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ ᴾᵒᵖᵘˡᶦˢᵗ™

    London UK has to be one of the worst, if you come over my American friends take ‘The Tube’ 🙂

  • Mister Lackey

    The problem’s common everywhere. Time for much higher traffic citation fines; time for the police to put down the radar guns, obey the traffic laws themselves, and enforce all the other laws: time for operators who prefer texting while driving to face the same fines and jail time as do drunk drivers.

  • r l

    how could this article NOT list Chicago as #1 worst???? #FAIL

  • Craig Bowers

    And every single one of these cities smiles hearing you say that you won’t visit.
    🙂