Best & Worst States to Drive in 2021

best and worst states in US to drive

With U.S. traffic congestion costing U.S. drivers $88 billion in 2019 but driving reduced in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the personal-finance website WalletHub today released its report on 2021’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 rush-hour traffic congestion to road quality.

Best States for DrivingWorst States for Driving
1. Texas41. Colorado
2. Indiana42. New Jersey
3. North Carolina43. New Hampshire
4. Iowa44. Pennsylvania
5. Tennessee45. Rhode Island
6. Kentucky46. Delaware
7. Maine47. Maryland
8. Idaho48. Washington
9. South Dakota49. California
10. Ohio50. Hawaii

Best vs. Worst

  • West Virginia has one of the lowest shares of rush-hour traffic congestion, 5.00 percent, which is 17.2 times lower than in California, the state with the highest at 86.00 percent.
  • Mississippi has the lowest average regular gas price, $1.86 per gallon, which is 1.8 times lower than in Hawaii, the state with the highest at $3.28 per gallon.
  • Vermont has the fewest car thefts (per 1,000 residents), 0.48, which is 8.9 times fewer than in New Mexico, the state with the most at 4.27.
  • California has the most auto-repair shops (per square root of the population), 1.523536, which is 7.4 times more than in Hawaii, the state with the fewest at 0.205448.
  • Maine has the lowest average car insurance rate, $912, which is 3.2 times lower than in Michigan, the state with the highest at $2,878. 

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