This Map Reveals the Best and Worst States to Drive In
Anyone who's spent any time on the 405 in California is intimately familiar with the fresh hell that driving can be. Same goes for any non-native who's tried to navigate the streets of Boston from behind the wheel. But how does driving actually measure up from coast to coast when you consider all the factors, and which states are objectively the worst and best for driving?
A new map sums it up pretty nicely by ranking all 50 states on their commuting conditions, weighing everything from congestion and insurance rates to road quality and gas prices.
The map comes from the research team at WalletHub, who crunched the numbers on a whole bunch of data to figure out where in the country being a driver sucks the most. Specifically, they compared states using 23 different metrics across the following four key categories: cost of ownership and maintenance, traffic and infrastructure, safety, and access to vehicles and maintenance. In the end, they found that Texas is the best place to be a driver, followed by Kansas, and then Nebraska. Alternately, it turns out Hawaii is the worst place to drive, with Washington and Maryland rounding out the bottom three.
To find out where your state lands on the list, here's the full ranking from worst to best:
43. Rhode Island
42. New Jersey
41. New York
37. New Hampshire
33. New Mexico
30. South Carolina
25. West Virginia
21. North Dakota
20. South Dakota
5. North Carolina
The WalletHub team also plucked some interesting tidbits from the data that helps explain exactly where certain states excel and others fail. For instance, the states with the lowest percentage of rush hour congestion are Mississippi, New Mexico, Iowa, Pennsylvania, and Kansas, while Delaware has the highest, followed by Rhode Island, New Jersey, Maryland, and California. And when it comes to average maintenance costs, Oregon, West Virginia, Georgia, Indiana, and Arkansas have the lowest, while Maine, Vermont, Massachusetts, Hawaii, and New York have the highest. If you want to see more of the revealing figures they found, you can scope out their full report here.
And while rankings can't do much to clear up the bumper to bumper traffic in front of you, next time you're stuck just remember things could probably be worse (sorry, Hawaii).