WalletHub put together a list for the best and the worst states for driving. Iowa is not only in the top 10, but in the top 5. See where we rank here.

Since driving conditions change constantly, WalletHub had to compare all 50 states across 23 demographics to determine the states with the most positive driving experiences on their commute. The data ranged from Cost of Ownership & Maintenance, Traffic & Infrastructure, Safety, and Access to Vehicles & Maintenance.

Cost of Ownership & Maintenance includes:

  • Gas Prices
  • Insurance Premiums
  • Auto-Maintenance costs

Iowa Ranking: 19

Traffic & Infrastructure includes:

  • Rush-hour Traffic Congestion
  • Number of Days with Precipitation
  • Average Commute time
  • Road and bridge quality
  • Roadway Miles per 1,000 people

Iowa Ranking: 8

Safety includes:

  • Driving Indiscipline (phone use, harsh braking, poor turning, aggravated acceleration, speeding)
  • Fatality Rate
  • Car Theft
  • DUI Punishment

Iowa Ranking: 25

Access to Vehicles & Maintenance includes:

  • Car Dealerships Per Capita
  • Car Washes Per Capita
  • Gas Stations Per Capita
  • Parking Lots & Garages Per Capita

Iowa Ranking: 19

Iowa only came in the top 5 in the category of Lowest percentage of Rush-Hour Traffic. Iowa came in tied for 3rd with Pennsylvania.

Best States for Driving

1. Texas
2. Kansas
3. Nebraska
4. Iowa
5. North Carolina
6. Oregon
7. Georgia
8. Alabama
9. Arkansas
10. Illinois

Worst States for Driving

41. New York
42. New Jersey
43. Rhode Island
44. Massachusetts
45. Alaska
46. Connecticut
47. California
48. Maryland
49. Washington
50. Hawaii