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 Driving||Worst States for Driving|
|1. Texas||41. Colorado|
|2. Indiana||42. New Jersey|
|3. North Carolina||43. New Hampshire|
|4. Iowa||44. Pennsylvania|
|5. Tennessee||45. Rhode Island|
|6. Kentucky||46. Delaware|
|7. Maine||47. Maryland|
|8. Idaho||48. Washington|
|9. South Dakota||49. California|
|10. Ohio||50. 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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