CHARLOTTE, NC — If you think your commute to work in the Queen City region is a pain, what we have to tell you is probably of little consolation. It could be a lot worse. That’s because North Carolina is one of the best states in the country to be on the road, according to a new ranking by the personal finance website WalletHub.
WalletHub came to that conclusion after looking at a number of factors, including the aggravation of sitting in traffic,which can cost the average driver $1,400 per year in the United States.
Taking those conditions and other factors into consideration WalletHub ranked the states from best to worst for drivers, with No. 50 being the absolute worst. That honor goes to Hawaii, while the rest of the bottom five is Washington, Maryland, California and Connecticut.
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A 2017 report by TRIP, a Washington, DC-based national transportation organization, said North Carolina’s growing population means that the roads will at least a 25 percent increase in traffic congestion in the next 12 years. Current state funding levels, however, means that the Tar Heel state will only have funding for about 17 percent of the transportation projects needed to keep up, the report said.
Even so, North Carolina came in above average compared to the rest of the nation when it came to auto-maintenance costs, car dealerships per capita, auto-repair shops per capita, road quality, car theft rate, average gas prices, and share of rush-hour traffic congestion.
The states ranked in the top five for drivers are:
5. North Carolina
See the full WalletHub report here.
Here’s how WalletHub describes its methodology:
To help drivers identify the states that provide the best commuting conditions, WalletHub compared the 50 states across four key dimensions: 1) Cost of Ownership & Maintenance, 2) Traffic & Infrastructure, 3) Safety and 4) Access to Vehicles & Maintenance.
We evaluated those dimensions using 23 relevant metrics, which are listed below with their corresponding weights. Each metric was graded on a 100-point scale, with a score of 100 representing the best for drivers.
Finally, we determined each state’s weighted average across all metrics to calculate its overall score and used the following scores to rank-order our sample.
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