Worst Cities to Own a Car

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Moving to the Pacific Northwest, Seattle has many of the same attractive qualities as San Francisco, and it’s ranked seventh in the Best Places to Live report. High costs and congested roadways make driving a hassle in the Emerald City, however.

Repair costs and gas prices in Seattle are a bit lower than the California cities, but they’re still considerably more expensive than the national average. The city’s geography (it’s wedged between the Puget Sound and Lake Washington) mean that the few bridges there are to get out of town are regularly packed with motorists, creating a frustrating commute.

Many residents brave the hilly terrain and bike to work. Those looking for a less physically demanding mode of transportation can ride a public bus or use the relatively new Sound Transit light rail system. Currently, this train only runs from the University of Washington just north of downtown to the SeaTac International Airport 18 miles to the south, with 21 stations in between. Residents of the city’s eastern suburbs will have to wait until service is expanded in that direction.

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