Research has found that adding 20 minutes to your commute is like getting a 19% pay cut, but driving in certain cities definitely won’t make the experience any easier. New data from WalletHub shows that the worst city for driving is Detroit.
WalletHub analyzed the 100 American cities with the most people in terms of “access to vehicles & maintenance,” “traffic & infrastructure,” “cost of ownership & maintenance” and “safety.”
They then looked at them further in terms of 29 factors before eventually giving each city “total score” out of 100. The company used information from the U.S. Census Bureau, among many other sources.
The 10 worst cities for driving in 2018
Here’s the breakdown — starting with the bottom of the list.
100) Detroit, MI (total score: 35.13)
99) San Francisco, CA (total score: 36.05)
98) Oakland, CA (total score: 38.44)
97) Philadelphia, PA (total score: 41.29)
96) Seattle, WA (total score: 42.03)
95) Boston, MA (total score: 42.59)
94) New York, NY (total score: 43.28)
93) Newark, NJ (total score: 43.29)
92) Los Angeles, CA (total score: 44.41)
91) Chicago, IL (total score: 44.49)
The 10 best cities for driving this year
In these areas, driving is supposedly as good as it’s going to get.
1) Raleigh, NC (total score: 68.40)
2) Corpus Christi, TX (total score: 68.26)
3) Orlando, FL (total score: 67.35)
4) Greensboro, NC (total score: 66.31)
5) Plano, TX (total score: 64.71)
6) Winston-Salem, NC (total score: 64.70)
7) Durham, NC (total score: 64.50)
8) El Paso, TX (total score: 64.34)
9) Jacksonville, FL (total score: 63.87)
10) Tampa, FL (total score: 63.67)
Here’s how the cities compare to each other
WalletHub’s infographic makes these cities’ strengths and weaknesses crystal clear.
What driving could be like in the future
“While there is much excitement about self-driving cars, and rapid strides have been made, it’s becoming more and more apparent that going from semi-autonomous to fully autonomous is orders of magnitude more difficult than the progress we have made to date,” he said. “And yet, babies being born today will likely find themselves, at age 16, wondering what this thing called a ‘driver’s license’ is that their parents said they used to be so concerned with.”