Stuck in traffic? That's about average for Rose City drivers
If you're in Portland, there's a good chance you're stuck in traffic right now. Or, you just inched your vehicle out of a traffic jam.
That doesn't surprise the folks at WalletHub, a Washington, D.C., financial services company. A new WalletHub survey ranks the Rose City No. 60 on a list of the worst U.S. cities to drive in.
Seattle ranked No. 5 on the list of worst cities for drivers. Detroit is No. 1.
WalletHub based its rankings on two dozen factors in the 100 largest U.S. cities, including the cost of vehicle ownership and maintenance; the condition of local roads and highways; the average commute times; traffic fatalities per 100,000 residents; vehicle thefts; access to parking; and gasoline stations per capita.
According to the company's rankings released Tuesday, July 10, the average American driver spend more than 290 hours on the road each year. That amounts to a cost of about $124 billion annually, or about $1,700 per household, according to WalletHub.
A 2017 study by Kirkland, Washington's Inrix data analysis company, found that Portland drivers spend about 50 hours a year stuck in traffic. That's about 11 percent of the time people are on the road in the Rose City, according to Inrix's data.
Portland ranked 12th in 2017 out of 297 U.S. cities for the most time spent stuck in traffic, according to Inrix. It also ranks 40th for bad traffic out of 1,360 cities around the world.
According to WalletHub, Portland was tied (with Pittsburgh) for cities with the most precipitation. Seattle, Cleveland and Buffalo round out the category's top five.
Portland also was the No. 1 best city for lowest auto maintenance costs, according to WalletHub. El Paso, Memphis, Jacksonville and Laredo round out that category in the survey.
The Top 10 Worst Cities for Drivers
2 San Francisco
7 New York
The Top 10 Best Cities for Drivers
1 Raleigh, N.C.
2 Corpus Christi
5 Plano, Texas
6 Winston-Salem, N.C.
7 Durham, N.C.
8 El Paso
9 Jacksonville, Florida