North Carolina Is 2021’s 3rd Best State to Drive in

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With U.S. traffic congestion costing U.S. drivers $88 billion in 2019 but driving reduced in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the personal-finance website WalletHub today released its report on 2021’s Best & Worst States to Drive in.

To determine the most driver-friendly states in the U.S., the site compared the 50 states across 31 key metrics. The data set ranges from average gas prices to rush-hour traffic congestion to road quality.

According to the report, North Carolina ranks #3 in the nation and South Carolina ranks #31 in the nation.

Best & Worst Driving States

Overall Rank  State Total Score  Cost of Ownership & Maintenance  Traffic & Infrastructure  Safety  Access to Vehicles & Maintenance 
1 Texas 62.89 16 33 18 2
2 Indiana 62.17 2 22 33 19
3 North Carolina 61.84 3 31 23 9
4 Iowa 61.82 17 9 32 22
5 Tennessee 61.63 1 26 41 21
6 Kentucky 60.90 4 24 20 30
7 Maine 60.60 26 19 5 36
8 Idaho 60.59 25 7 15 45
9 South Dakota 60.49 9 2 48 37
10 Ohio 60.17 5 32 37 7
11 Wisconsin 60.11 10 20 40 17
12 Kansas 60.03 19 10 31 33
13 Nebraska 59.97 18 8 36 31
14 Illinois 58.98 34 37 6 5
15 North Dakota 58.93 24 3 39 46
16 Virginia 58.79 7 40 25 13
17 Georgia 58.74 12 41 27 8
18 Montana 58.52 14 1 49 43
19 New York 58.51 40 46 2 4
20 Oklahoma 58.37 20 15 35 26
21 Utah 57.86 28 18 12 32
22 Vermont 57.70 33 12 10 38
23 Alabama 57.69 8 17 44 25
24 Wyoming 57.57 22 4 42 48
25 Arizona 57.24 30 21 21 28
26 Arkansas 57.03 23 11 43 34
27 Florida 56.75 31 37 29 3
28 West Virginia 56.54 13 23 38 42
29 Mississippi 56.38 15 13 46 35
30 Alaska 55.74 37 6 17 50
31 South Carolina 55.41 6 27 47 27
32 Minnesota 55.22 27 30 26 18
33 Louisiana 55.05 36 25 9 29
34 New Mexico 54.75 29 5 45 44
35 Connecticut 54.64 43 34 3 24
36 Nevada 54.26 39 16 16 41
37 Oregon 54.15 45 14 24 23
38 Michigan 53.45 41 28 22 11
39 Massachusetts 53.08 42 50 4 10
40 Missouri 52.99 11 29 50 15
41 Colorado 52.71 32 39 28 16
42 New Jersey 51.42 44 48 8 12
43 New Hampshire 51.41 21 45 34 40
44 Pennsylvania 50.83 46 44 30 6
45 Rhode Island 50.13 47 47 1 47
46 Delaware 50.01 35 36 11 49
47 Maryland 49.91 38 49 14 20
48 Washington 49.82 48 35 13 14
49 California 49.38 49 42 7 1
50 Hawaii 36.42 50 43 19 39

 

Driving in North Carolina (1=Best; 25=Avg.):

  • 29th – Share of Rush-Hour Traffic Congestion
  • 19th – Car Theft Rate
  • 9th – Auto-Repair Shops per Capita
  • 14th – Avg. Gas Prices
  • 5th – Auto-Maintenance Costs
  • 16th – Road Quality
  • 10th – Car Dealerships per Capita

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