Worst Cities to Drive

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25. Grants Pass, OR
> Traffic fatalities: 29.1 deaths per 100,000 residents
> Avg. commute: 18.3 minutes
> Avg. vehicles per household: 0.7
> Avg. gas price: N/A

Compared to other cities on this list, there aren’t very many commuters in Grants Pass, Oregon. There are fewer than 25,000 total vehicles that commute in the area, but it still one of the worst place to drive.

One of the major issues metro area drivers face is the rate of traffic fatality rate. There were 29.1 traffic fatalities for every 100,000 residents of Grants Pass in 2016. That rate is higher than all but a handful of other U.S. metro areas.

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24. Urban Honolulu, HI
> Traffic fatalities: 5.9 deaths per 100,000 residents
> Avg. commute: 29.0 minutes
> Avg. vehicles per household: 1.1
> Avg. gas price: $2.79 per gallon

Located in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, gas prices in Hawaii tend to be among the highest in the United States. Indeed, a gallon of gas in Urban Honolulu costs an average of $2.79 — more than in all but seven other metro areas nationwide.

Urban Honolulu metro area residents also spend more time driving to work than is typical in much of the country. The average commute time in the metro area is 29 minutes, longer than in the majority of U.S. metro areas and slightly longer than the 26.6 minute commute time nationwide.

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23. Stockton-Lodi, CA
> Traffic fatalities: 16.1 deaths per 100,000 residents
> Avg. commute: 33.3 minutes
> Avg. vehicles per household: 1.1
> Avg. gas price: $2.68 per gallon

Stockton-Lodi, California drivers have some of the longest commutes in the country. More than 20% of commuters in the area take an hour or more to get to work and the average drive to work takes 33.3 minutes. Both of those figures are in the ten highest nationally.

Those drives are not cheap, either. In 2016, the average gallon of gas in Stockton-Lodi costs $2.68, one of the highest average gas prices in the U.S.

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22. Anchorage, AK
> Traffic fatalities: 10.2 deaths per 100,000 residents
> Avg. commute: 20.8 minutes
> Avg. vehicles per household: 1.2
> Avg. gas price: $2.50 per gallon

One of the worst aspects of driving in Anchorage is paying for gas. Gas costs an average of $2.50 per gallon, one of the higher gas prices in the country. High operating costs and few competitors in Alaska lead to higher gas prices in the state.

Anchorage residents are also more likely to have their car stolen than Americans in nearly every other metro area. With 669 cars stolen per every 100,000 residents, Anchorage has the sixth highest car theft rate among hundreds of U.S. metro areas.

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21. Louisville/Jefferson County, KY-IN
> Traffic fatalities: 14.3 deaths per 100,000 residents
> Avg. commute: 23.9 minutes
> Avg. vehicles per household: 1.1
> Avg. gas price: $2.29 per gallon

There were over 5,000 motor vehicle thefts in the Louisville metro area in 2016, or about 411 for every 100,000 area residents. Nationwide, there were only 103 car thefts per 100,000 people. In addition to car theft, deadly accidents are more common in Louisville/Jefferson County than nationwide. There were 14.3 roadway fatalities per 100,000 residents in the metro area, more than in the majority of U.S. metro areas.