Chicago is one of the top 10 worst cities to drive in: Forbes

Forbes Advisor compared the 47 most populous US cities and how bad driving is there. See where Chicago ranks.

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CHICAGO – Chicago is among the top 10 worst U.S. cities to drive in, thanks in part to traffic jams, rush hour traffic and other factors, according to a new ranking from Forbes.

To determine which cities are the worst to drive in, Forbes Advisor compared the 47 most populous U.S. cities with available data on 15 metrics in four key categories: driving experience, safety, cost of car ownership and access to car maintenance.


Statistics include hours lost in traffic jams, commute time, average speed during rush hour, fatal car accidents and more.

Of the top 10 worst cities, Chicago came in at number 7, according to the rankings. Out of a possible score of 100, Chicago received 84.92.

Forbes Advisor determined the city’s overall score by assigning a certain number of points to each metric. The higher the score, the worse the driving is in a given city.

Oakland, California, topped the list of worst cities to drive in, followed by Miami, San Francisco and Philadelphia. Oakland received a “perfect” score of 100.

Meanwhile, Boston ranked worst for driving experience, while Albuquerque was the worst city for driving safety. New York City was the most expensive city to own a car, and drivers in Memphis had the worst access to car maintenance.

Here are the top 10 worst cities to drive in, according to the rankings:

  1. Oakland: 100 points
  2. Miami: 98.74
  3. San Francisco: 96.57
  4. Houston: 96.52
  5. Philadelphia: 96.33
  6. New York City: 92.64
  7. Chicago: 84.92
  8. Atlanta: 84.87
  9. Dallas: 84
  10. Portland: 80.83

View the full rankings online.