Best Cities to Own a Car

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What Cities Are Car Friendly?

Stifling congestion, scant parking, and sky-high insurance and tax rates are a few of the unpleasant realities car owners face in most major cities. Fortunately for those who love the urban jungle but also want the freedom that comes with owning a vehicle, there are some U.S. metropolises where a set of wheels won’t drain your bank account.

Among the top 50 most populous metropolitan areas in the United States, we’ve compiled a list of the 10 best cities in which to own a car. Perhaps unsurprisingly, none are in the Northeast Megalopolis or on the West Coast. Rather, the Midwestern and Southern cities in this slide show have some combination of short commuting times and low gas prices, insurance rates, taxes, and maintenance costs, as well as relatively low population density, which means finding a parking space is less of a burden. We've also incorporated U.S. News' Best Places to Live rankings.

So if you’re a car lover looking to escape the congestion and high prices of New York City or the gridlock traffic of southern California freeways, consider packing up and settling down in one of these car-friendly cities.

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