New York City may be known as one of the most expensive places to try to live and work. Still, at the moment, it’s not the most expensive place to travel, as many can get to the city without using their cars and thus don’t necessarily feel the impact of high gas prices.
The average price per gallon of gasoline in the United States has reached a new high, with AAA reporting an average price of $4.45. Naturally, some states are paying a much higher price than that, and even within states, prices can vary widely based on location and zip code. However, when it comes to breaking down which cities seem to have the most expensive trips at current gas prices, a new study from Clever, an online real estate brokerage service, found that the cities most often associated with with the highest cost of living like New York are not in the top 15.
Using a methodology of different factors for its classification, including the annual cost of traveling to work as a percentage of the average income, the annual fuel cost of a daily commute per resident, the annual hours lost due to traffic and congestion, the annual maintenance cost of commuting, distance traveled, average annual insurance premium, how much potential annual income is lost due to travel, time to work, and average miles per hour achieved during a trip, Clever found that, Unsurprisingly, five of the cities that cracked their list were all in the same state that currently pays the highest price per gallon on average: California.
According to AAA, the average cost of a gallon of gasoline in California right now is $5.93, with the cities of Riverside, Los Angeles, San Diego, San Francisco, and Sacramento making the Top 10 most expensive transportation cities. . Riverside, which is east of Los Angeles and south of San Bernardino, actually ranked first on the list, with Clever estimating that city dwellers spend about $1,225 a year commuting to work. Los Angeles ranked third at a cost of $1,211, while San Diego ranked fifth at a cost of $1,156. San Francisco was ranked #7, with an annual cost of $1,077, and Sacramento rounded out the top 10 with $1,309.
Other states that had the most expensive average gas prices that had cities at the top were Arizona (Phoenix ranked #2 at $1,224), Illinois (Chicago ranked 8th at $1,058), and Washington (Seattle ranked #2 at $1,058). 12th place with a price of $1,058). total cost of $1,001). Washington DC, which also has higher gas prices, also made the list, finishing in 15th place with an annual travel cost of $903.
Other cities that made the list, but were located in states with a lower average price per gallon, were Houston (Number 6 at $1,080), Dallas (Number 9 at $1,055), Nashville (Number 11 at $1,019 ), Detroit (Issue 13 at $1,019). at $989) and Birmingham, Alabama (#14 at #924).
The most surprising ranking came with respect to Atlanta, Georgia, which was ranked number four on the list with an average annual commuting cost of $1,180. However, Georgia is currently the state with the cheapest gasoline in the United States, with an average price of $3.97 a gallon.