Multiple North Carolina Cities Make Best Cities to Drive In List

Where does Charlotte fall on the list?

July 11, 2018

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There are some places I dread driving because of bad road conditions, aggressive drivers, and insane traffic. I have lived in many larger cities or visited them and I think for me personally, Atlanta and Los Angeles would be the worst places to drive. Both cities have so much traffic that it's just a hot mess that I don't care to encounter. just put out their list of the Best and Worst Cities to Drive In and there are quite a few North Carolina cities that have made it to the top of the list. Unfortunately, Charlotte isn't one of them, but the Queen City didn't do too badly. 

Their findings are based on average gas prices to annual hours in traffic congestion per auto commuter to auto-repair shops per capita. 

10 Best U.S. Cities to Drive In:

  1. Raleigh, NC
  2. Corpus Christi, TX
  3. Orlando, FL
  4. Greensboro, NC
  5. Plano, TX
  6. Winston-Salem, NC
  7. Durham, NC
  8. El Paso, TX
  9. Jacksonville, FL
  10. Tampa, FL

As you can see, four cities in North Carolina made the top ten list. But where did Charlotte land on the list? We came in at #19 out of 100. Not bad at all. I think Charlotte may have had a better rating and would rank higher on the list, but all of the construction on I-77 for those stupid toll lanes has our roads and traffic unbearable at times. 

10 Worst U.S. Cities to Drive In:


  1. Detroit, MI
  2. San Francisco, CA
  3. Oakland, CA
  4. Philadelphia, PA
  5. Seattle, WA
  6. Boston, MA
  7. New York, NY
  8. Newark, NJ
  9. Los Angeles, CA
  10. Chicago, IL

Here's another fun fact from the study. We spend an average of 290 hours a year on the road in our cars. That's a lot of time in the car. Here's hoping your seats are comfy. 

How long is your commute to work?