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Everyone Thinks Their City Sucks to Drive in, But These Are the Worst!

Los Angeles, we get it already! Your traffic is the worst. The biggest problem with this old humblebrag is that it assumes soul-sucking gridlock is the lone measure of automotive misery. Well hear this, Angelenos: There's a lot more to it than that, and we motorists in cities across the nation suffer, too —perhaps nowhere more so, ironically, than the Motor City itself: Detroit.

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According to a new study by WalletHub, The D gets an F when it comes to driving desirability — and it ranks as the No. 1 worst city to drive in.

WalletHub's report named 2018's best and worst cities to drive in based on 29 key metrics across four categories:

  • Cost of ownership and maintenance
  • Traffic and infrastructure, including weather
  • Safety, including accident and fatality rates, seat belt use, car theft and traffic laws
  • Access to vehicles and maintenance, including gas prices

So, where else is driving a drag? Rounding out the top 10 worst places to drive in are:

  • San Francisco
  • Oakland, Calif.
  • Philadelphia
  • Seattle
  • Boston
  • New York
  • Newark, N.J.
  • Then Los Angeles
  • And Chicago

Other notable cities on the list of places to avoid if you love to drive include:

  • Washington, D.C., at No. 11
  • Cleveland, No. 16
  • New Orleans, No. 22
  • Buffalo, N.Y., No. 24
  • Denver, No. 26
  • Minneapolis, No. 31
  • My hometown, St. Louis, No. 34
  • Louisville, Ky., No. 39
  • Portland, Ore., No. 41
  • Sacramento, Calif., No. 48

On the other end of the driver-satisfaction spectrum, the top three best places to drive in are:

  • Raleigh, N.C.
  • Corpus Christi, Texas
  • Orlando, Fla.

Now, these rankings mean little when you're inching your way home on the highway after a long day at the office, stranded in the snow or paying through the nose for gas — which is why everyone tends to think their city is the worst to drive in.

But, hey, take heart in at least this: Not being special for having a crummy commute will drive those L.A. people nuts.'s Editorial department is your source for automotive news and reviews. In line with's long-standing ethics policy, editors and reviewers don't accept gifts or free trips from automakers. The Editorial department is independent of's advertising, sales and sponsored content departments.