Worst Cities to Own a Car

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Washington DC

Our nation’s capital sits in 8th place in the Best Places to Live rankings, but if you’re going to live in the DC area, be prepared to sit in enraging traffic twice per day. The average one-way commute time in Washington is 34.3 minutes, which is among the longest of any U.S. city.

Even if you get up early to beat the morning rush, you’ll still have to contend with gas prices that are 9 percent higher than the national average and annual insurance premiums that are 34 percent more expensive than the norm for the country. A trip to a mechanic in the District is also likely to cost you more than it would in most other cities.

Commuters in the DC area will be better off ditching the car and biking into work using the Capital Bikeshare program, which has 350 pickup and drop-off locations in DC, Virginia, and Maryland. If you can’t afford to get sweaty on your way to work, hop on a Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority bus or train. While this mass transit system has its problems, it will generally get you to where you need to be.

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