With U.S. traffic congestion costing U.S. drivers $87 billion in 2018 and the U.S. ranked 17th in the world in road quality, the personal-finance website WalletHub today released its report on 2020’s Best & Worst States to Drive in as well as accompanying videos.
To determine the most driver-friendly states in the U.S., WalletHub compared the 50 states across 31 key metrics. The data set ranges from average gas prices to share of rush-hour traffic congestion to road quality.
|Best States for Driving||Worst States for Driving|
|1. Iowa||41. Montana|
|2. Tennessee||42. Alaska|
|3. North Carolina||43. New Jersey|
|4. Texas||44. West Virginia|
|5. Nebraska||45. Maryland|
|6. Georgia||46. Colorado|
|7. Virginia||47. California|
|8. Indiana||48. Washington|
|9. Arkansas||49. Rhode Island|
|10. Alabama||50. 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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