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List of best and worst states to drive in released

Posted at 12:08 PM, Jan 21, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-21 15:08:53-05

WalletHub has released its list of best and worst states to drive in.

To determine the most driver-friendly states, WalletHub looked at 31 key metrics, including cost of gas, cost of car ownership and maintenance, traffic and infrastructure, car insurance costs, traffic fatality rates, strictness of DUI punishment, share of uninsured drivers, parking lots and garages and etc.

Nevada was ranked No. 37 on the list, just short of the list for 10 worst. Here are the top 10 and bottom 10.

Best States for DrivingWorst States for Driving
1. Iowa41. Montana
2. Tennessee42. Alaska
3. North Carolina43. New Jersey
4. Texas44. West Virginia
5. Nebraska45. Maryland
6. Georgia46. Colorado
7. Virginia47. California
8. Indiana48. Washington
9. Arkansas49. Rhode Island
10. Alabama50. Hawaii

Best vs. Worst

  • Mississippi has the lowest share of rush-hour traffic congestion, 17.00 percent, which is five times lower than in California, the state with the highest at 85.00 percent.
  • Mississippi has the lowest average regular gas price, $2.21 per gallon, which is 1.7 times lower than in Hawaii, the state with the highest at $3.66 per gallon.
  • Vermont has the fewest car thefts (per 1,000 residents), 0.40, which is 13.6 times fewer than in Alaska, the state with the most at 5.42.
  • California has the most auto-repair shops (per square root of the population), 1.529352, which is 7.2 times more than in Hawaii, the state with the fewest at 0.213839.
  • Maine has the lowest average car insurance rate, $845, which is 3.1 times lower than in Michigan, the state with the highest at $2,611.

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