Special Report

Americas Worst Cities to Drive In


To identify the worst cities to drive in every state, 24/7 Wall St. created an index based on measures of safety, cost, and the convenience of driving, normalized to be comparable with one another. Total traffic fatalities and traffic fatalities involving drunk drivers per 100,000 are from the Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS) for 2018. Mean travel time to work and the percentage of the working-age population with a commute of 60 minutes or longer came from the American Community Survey (ACS) 2019 1-year estimates. The rate of car thefts per 100,000 people is from the National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB) Hot Spots report for the year 2018. The average price of gasoline from second quarter of 2017 to second quarter of 2018 is from the Council for Community and Economic Research’s (C2ER) cost of living index for metropolitan statistical areas. Hours lost due to congestion per car came from the Texas A&M 2019 Urban Mobility Report, which features data from 2017. 

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