Arizona has five of the best cities for driving; the nation’s capital ranks last

If you need to drive your car in Arizona, chances are you’ll have a great experience.

Five Arizona cities made it onto the top 10 list of best cities for driving by WalletHub, a personal finance website. WalletHub looked at commuting times, gridlock, auto repair shops per capita and gas prices of the 100 most populated cities in the U.S.

The website ranked the cities from one to 100, with one being the best and 100 the worst. Scottsdale, Arizona ranked as the number one best city while the nation’s capitol ranked as the worst at 100.

Besides Scottsdale, the other Arizona communities that ranked within the top 10 included Tucson in second place, Gilbert in fourth, Mesa in fifth and Chandler in sixth. Nevada and Texas also had two cities each that placed in the top 10. In Texas, Corpus Christi ranked third and Laredo ranked eighth. In Las Vegas, Reno ranked seventh and Las Vegas ranked ninth.

Rounding out the top 10 list was Tampa, Florida.

On the flip side, on the top 10 worst cities California had two cities to receive the dubious recognition with San Francisco ranking third and Oakland as seventh.

The other cities that made it as the worst in the nation were Washington, D.C. in first place; Detroit, Michigan in second place; Chicago, Illinois in fourth; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in fifth; Baltimore, Maryland in sixth; New York, New York in eighth; Seattle, Washington in ninth; and Boston, Massachusetts.

WalletHub also compared some of the best to the worst in specific categories to see how they stack up against each other.

For example, 12th-ranked Lubbock, Texas had the fewest average annual hours of traffic delays per car commuter at 12, which is about seven times fewer than Washington, D.C., data from WalletHub indicated.

When looking at car thefts, two California cities were polar opposites. Irvine, which ranked in the middle of the pack at 63, had the lowest rate of thefts per 1,000 residents, or 0.52, which is 31 times lower than Oakland, which was the highest at 15.90.

For average gas prices, motorists saw the best deal in Tulsa, Oklahoma, which ranked at 51. In Tulsa, the lowest average gas price was $2.04, which is about 1.5 times lower than Chicago’s, which had the highest at $3.02 per gallon, data from WalletHub Indicated.

Visit WalletHub’s website to view the 100 cities and where they ranked.

Source: WalletHub

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