This NC City Was Ranked As 2021’s Best City To Drive In

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With car sales up 9% in the first quarter of 2021, in part due to fear of public transportation during the COVID-19 pandemic, the personal-finance website WalletHub today released its report on 2021’s Best & Worst Cities to Drive in.

The site compared the 100 most populated U.S. cities across four key dimensions, including; 1) Cost of Ownership & Maintenance, 2) Traffic & Infrastructure, 3) Safety and 4) Access to Vehicles & Maintenance. They used 30 different metrics to determine the score of each dimension.

North Carolina’s capitol state of Raleigh was determined to be the #1 best state to drive in, with Greensboro (#3) and Winston Salem (#4) ranking close behind. Charlotte was ranked #14 in the report.

Best & Worst Cities to Drive in

Overall Rank  City Total Score  Cost of Ownership & Maintenance  Traffic & Infrastructure  Safety  Access to Vehicles & Maintenance 
1 Raleigh, NC 67.52 4 38 6 46
2 Lincoln, NE 66.09 6 26 12 26
3 Greensboro, NC 66.01 1 34 47 39
4 Winston-Salem, NC 65.62 3 23 15 88
5 Corpus Christi, TX 64.31 13 5 28 81
6 Boise, ID 64.25 11 32 9 85
7 Jacksonville, FL 64.24 2 13 71 44
8 Scottsdale, AZ 63.03 39 4 25 27
9 Tampa, FL 62.50 20 24 54 3
10 Austin, TX 62.48 24 17 39 16
11 Plano, TX 62.10 42 33 4 34
12 Orlando, FL 61.49 34 2 90 1
13 Buffalo, NY 61.28 18 43 18 59
14 Charlotte, NC 60.62 7 57 45 30
15 Durham, NC 60.56 8 45 35 86
16 Birmingham, AL 60.48 5 1 97 54
17 Gilbert, AZ 60.29 57 19 7 96
18 El Paso, TX 59.98 61 21 3 76
19 Virginia Beach, VA 59.69 17 77 14 78
20 Laredo, TX 59.33 47 63 1 100
21 Mesa, AZ 59.31 55 27 13 68
22 Wichita, KS 59.14 12 22 59 83
23 Arlington, TX 59.04 43 50 27 17
24 San Antonio, TX 58.87 29 35 52 22
25 Lexington-Fayette, KY 58.85 16 62 29 93
26 St. Petersburg, FL 58.77 14 48 61 41
27 Toledo, OH 58.59 9 36 67 77
28 Chandler, AZ 58.33 59 7 26 94
29 Garland, TX 58.18 45 53 32 25
30 Omaha, NE 58.05 22 58 49 50
31 Tucson, AZ 58.01 21 11 85 52
32 Fort Worth, TX 57.99 49 49 30 21
33 Chesapeake, VA 57.87 28 75 17 92
34 Irvine, CA 57.69 84 6 2 28
35 Madison, WI 57.16 33 73 11 91
36 Atlanta, GA 57.13 30 10 95 4
37 Columbus, OH 56.87 10 66 76 40
38 Norfolk, VA 56.80 19 56 57 90
39 Fort Wayne, IN 56.13 26 64 55 64
40 Las Vegas, NV 56.12 76 3 60 8
41 Kansas City, MO 56.09 15 18 92 73
42 Lubbock, TX 55.98 37 9 83 84
43 Irving, TX 55.89 46 61 37 60
44 Nashville, TN 55.50 25 40 86 45
45 Oklahoma City, OK 54.99 53 60 46 47
46 Reno, NV 54.87 71 28 23 70
47 Cincinnati, OH 54.69 38 54 87 10
48 St. Paul, MN 54.42 40 78 44 61
49 Phoenix, AZ 54.31 56 31 68 69
50 Glendale, AZ 54.00 58 16 69 75
51 Indianapolis, IN 53.99 31 67 81 42
52 Tulsa, OK 53.95 62 52 63 33
53 Dallas, TX 53.83 41 69 73 19
54 Anchorage, AK 53.46 35 94 24 98
55 Anaheim, CA 53.37 82 37 21 6
56 Colorado Springs, CO 53.24 48 72 53 65
57 Pittsburgh, PA 53.10 54 82 48 15
58 Minneapolis, MN 53.00 52 80 42 49
59 Hialeah, FL 52.90 27 88 80 23
60 Baton Rouge, LA 52.67 63 42 84 20
61 Chula Vista, CA 52.55 98 12 5 36
62 Henderson, NV 52.24 91 8 16 89
63 Louisville, KY 52.22 50 65 78 56
64 St. Louis, MO 52.12 23 55 100 5
65 Miami, FL 51.83 60 74 89 2
66 Portland, OR 51.71 51 71 75 38
67 Riverside, CA 51.70 79 41 36 24
68 Albuquerque, NM 51.60 36 30 96 58
69 Fresno, CA 51.26 77 14 51 80
70 Bakersfield, CA 51.19 73 20 70 48
71 Houston, TX 50.94 66 79 62 14
72 Sacramento, CA 50.62 87 25 43 12
73 Santa Ana, CA 50.40 94 46 19 7
74 Milwaukee, WI 49.90 65 83 56 63
75 Long Beach, CA 49.89 86 44 34 11
76 Jersey City, NJ 49.80 68 98 22 37
77 Memphis, TN 49.50 32 47 98 57
78 Fremont, CA 49.08 93 59 10 31
79 San Diego, CA 49.02 97 29 20 13
80 Cleveland, OH 48.63 44 87 93 9
81 Aurora, CO 48.60 64 91 66 62
82 Boston, MA 47.84 67 92 33 97
83 North Las Vegas, NV 47.07 95 15 64 71
84 New Orleans, LA 46.64 69 76 77 95
85 Denver, CO 46.59 70 85 72 43
86 Honolulu, HI 45.80 88 81 31 29
87 Newark, NJ 45.44 75 97 50 18
88 Stockton, CA 45.44 83 51 74 82
89 Seattle, WA 45.05 78 86 58 79
90 San Jose, CA 44.81 89 68 38 87
91 San Bernardino, CA 44.23 90 39 82 99
92 Washington, DC 42.50 72 90 88 66
93 Baltimore, MD 42.03 74 84 94 67
94 Los Angeles, CA 41.35 96 89 40 32
95 Chicago, IL 40.69 81 99 41 35
96 New York, NY 40.69 92 100 8 53
97 Philadelphia, PA 37.88 85 96 79 74
98 San Francisco, CA 36.11 99 93 65 72
99 Detroit, MI 35.92 80 95 99 55
100 Oakland, CA 34.20 100 70 91 51

Note: With the exception of “Total Score,” all of the columns in the table above depict the relative rank of that city, where a rank of 1 represents the best conditions for that metric category.

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