North Carolina Was Ranked The 5th Best State to Drive In

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In spite of the ever-increasing traffic around the Charlotte region, and the I-77 Tolls being ranked one of the worst highway projects in America, our state is still one of the best places to go for a drive in the country.

Financial analyst website WalletHub.com has just ranked the Tar Heel state 2018’s 5th Best State To Drive In.

“To identify the states with the most positive driving experiences, WalletHub compared all 50 states across 23 key indicators of a positive commute. Our data set ranges from average gas prices to share of rush-hour traffic congestion to road quality,” according to the site.

Best & Worst Driving States

Overall Rank
(1 = Best)
State Total Score ‘Cost of Ownership & Maintenance’ Rank ‘Traffic & Infrastructure’ Rank ‘Safety’ Rank ‘Access to Vehicles & Maintenance’ Rank
1 Texas 63.68 12 21 23 2
2 Kansas 63.56 16 2 27 32
3 Nebraska 63.09 20 1 29 31
4 Iowa 62.48 19 8 25 19
5 North Carolina 61.72 3 23 26 11
6 Oregon 60.86 8 17 21 25
7 Georgia 60.70 2 30 30 8
8 Alabama 60.53 1 13 46 23
9 Arkansas 59.77 9 7 39 33
10 Illinois 59.36 37 34 5 5
11 Minnesota 58.89 29 27 8 22
12 Idaho 58.52 25 5 32 41
13 Virginia 58.33 5 36 19 13
14 Oklahoma 58.31 30 11 24 28
15 Indiana 58.25 4 19 40 15
16 Arizona 58.23 7 16 37 30
17 Kentucky 58.06 22 22 15 29
18 Tennessee 57.75 11 20 35 18
19 Florida 57.35 33 29 33 3
20 South Dakota 57.02 13 10 38 39
21 North Dakota 56.37 23 4 45 44
22 Ohio 55.94 17 32 42 7
23 Montana 55.91 18 3 49 40
24 Wisconsin 55.89 31 28 22 16
25 West Virginia 55.61 14 40 9 38
26 Utah 55.40 15 15 41 36
27 Louisiana 55.16 36 26 12 27
28 Missouri 54.70 10 25 47 14
29 Mississippi 54.53 24 12 44 34
30 South Carolina 54.33 6 18 48 26
31 Wyoming 54.04 21 9 43 47
32 Colorado 53.24 32 31 28 20
33 New Mexico 52.74 27 6 50 42
34 Pennsylvania 52.61 44 38 14 6
35 Maine 51.75 34 37 10 35
36 Nevada 51.70 39 14 31 48
37 New Hampshire 51.42 26 43 13 37
38 Vermont 51.39 38 33 11 45
39 Delaware 50.74 28 35 20 49
40 Michigan 50.13 46 41 7 10
41 New York 49.99 48 47 1 4
42 New Jersey 49.56 42 49 6 12
43 Rhode Island 49.49 41 44 2 46
44 Massachusetts 49.19 40 50 4 9
45 Alaska 48.69 43 24 17 50
46 Connecticut 48.67 47 45 3 24
47 California 48.60 49 42 18 1
48 Maryland 48.31 35 48 16 21
49 Washington 44.08 45 39 36 17
50 Hawaii 31.83 50 46 34 43

 

North Carolina also ranked;

  • 21st in Share of Rush-Hour Traffic Congestion
  • 13th in Car Theft Rate
  • 11th in Auto-Repair Shops per Capita
  • 14th in Avg. Gas Prices
  • 8th in Auto-Maintenance Costs
  • 13th in Road Quality
  • 10th in Car Dealerships per Capita

To read more about our ranking or how it was determined, you can read the full report here.

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