North Carolina is No. 5 in America's top states for driving

- North Carolina holds the No. 5 spot in this year's 'Best and Worst States to Drive in', despite the ever-increasing traffic around the Charlotte region, and the I-77 Toll Lane Project. 

Financial analyst website WalletHub.com ranked the Tar Heel state 2018’s 5th best state to drive in. 

"Road conditions naturally aren’t consistent across the entire country. 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 and 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

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

North Carolina also ranked: 

  • 21st in Share of Rush-Hour Traffic Congestion
  • 13th in Car Theft Rate
  • 14th in Avg. Gas Prices
  • 13th in Road Quality

To read more about how NC's ranking was determined, you can read the full report here.

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