The Car-Friendliest Cities in the United States

The Car-Friendliest Cities in the United States

Last Updated February 5, 2020

Living in a city has its perks. You’re close to everything, there’s plenty of things to do, and there’s always new faces to meet around each corner.

But when it comes to owning a car in a city, some people aren’t so lucky. It can cost a small fortune just to pay insurance or fill it up at the pump.

Maybe it’s time for a change of scenery – these ten cities below were recently ranked as America’s most car-friendly cities. Read about each one below and start making your moving plans.

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Car Friendly Cities Infographic

Omaha, Nebraska

Many people write off the Midwest as a flat, empty place with an astounding sense of hopelessness. While that may be true in some parts, those people are probably just looking in the wrong places.

Enter Omaha, where the price of gas is barely above two dollars. That means you can drive to see Omaha’s unique attractions, such as the Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium, Joslyn Art Museum, and Durham Museum without having to worry about fuel costs.

And it’ll be smooth sailing, too. The city only experiences an average of 24 hours of traffic delays per year. Less traffic means less stress, and a relatively stress-free life is something we all deserve.

Kansas City, Missouri

You’ll barely have to worry about getting into an accident here. The accident likelihood, compared to the national average, is down 16.8 percent.

You’ll have a perfect time soaring across those open plains when gas is $1.91. And with only 27 hours of traffic on average, you’ll arrive early enough to enjoy the city’s baseball history before the game.

El Paso, Texas

Here, the average gas prices just scrape two dollars. While the accident likelihood isn’t in the negatives like the previous two cities, it’s still a tiny fraction compared to the national average at 0.8 percent.

With a rich outdoor environment, living here means day trips to Franklin Mountains State Park or the Wyler Aerial Tramway. While the views from the summit are one in a million, the drive there and back will be just as satisfying. With figures like these, you’ll always want to drive with the windows down and the wind in your hair.

Salt Lake City, Utah

Car insurance prices getting you down? No worries. In Salt Lake City, the average cost for an insurance premium is $772.23. Finally, you can save your money for things that are more important.

Take advantage of the generous $2.17 gas price and head out to the gorgeous salt flats, and know that you’ll get places safely when the accident likelihood is 3.4 percent. Safety and saving money are always paramount.

Albuquerque, New Mexico

Do you love the show Breaking Bad? Well, you won’t be breaking the bank while paying off your $961.16 insurance premium here. We don’t suggest using that extra money you’ll save for the same purposes that Walter White did, though.

You can take a road trip to marvel at the Breaking Bad house and only pay two bucks for gas along the way. Just don’t throw a pizza on the roof when you get there.

Richmond, Virginia

People in Richmond must be pretty happy because they pay a low premium of $875.95 for insurance and $1.96 for gas.

America is truly beautiful, and this town’s Civil War history might make you a bit more proud to live in this country. Low insurance and dirt cheap gas is something to smile about.

Raleigh, North Carolina

Experience the lowest average traffic delay hours out of all the cities in Raleigh. This city also sports one of the lowest insurance premium costs: $828.17, on average.

You can spend your money on a trip to the Pullen Park Carousel or the many museums downtown with the kids. After all, why wouldn’t you want to feel like a kid again? You have enough money to do just that!

Phoenix, Arizona

One of the West's most famous cities is currently experiencing a cheap gas revolution, just barely above two dollars. Visit the vast attractions this city has to offer, like the Grand Canyon, Camelback Mountain, or South Mountain Park.

Milwaukee, Wisconsin

There’s nothing cheesy about an accident likelihood of -5.7 percent. With a generous average gas price of $2.28 and low average hours spent in traffic, Milwaukee is the perfect place to appreciate America’s best exports… like Miller Lite and Harley Davidson motorcycles.

Milwaukee seems to have the most well-rounded figures of all the cities, so your happiness will be that way, too.

Tucson, Arizona

Our last city on the list has an accident likelihood of -4.1 percent compared to the national average, and a two dollar even gas price on average.

What are you waiting for? Head to Saguaro National Park or the Pima Air and Space Museum. You’ll get there knowing you’re safe and financially sound, and enjoy a bright sunny day at these attractions.

Not only do these cities rank as the top ten car-friendliest cities in America, but the average citizen’s income and cost of living per city is better than the national average. People make more money and spend less on living expenses in these cities than many other places in America.

What’s more, all of them but Kansas City are ranked in the top 50 happiest cities. Raleigh and El Paso are at the top, at number three and five, respectively.

Sources: NPR, Variety, Trip Advisor, Movoto

The Car-Friendliest Cities in the United States

Have you ever wanted to live in the city but didn't want to give up your car due to higher insurance costs or more expensive gas? CJs has you covered with this infographic of the ten cities that were ranked as America's most car-friendly cities.