Low congestion, cheaper car insurance makes Raleigh a top city for commuters

Low congestion, cheaper car insurance makes Raleigh a top city for commuters

RALEIGH – While many employees have a remote work option or a hybrid or flexible schedule, those who commute to an office location in Raleigh can drive safely knowing that the region has one of the best commute systems in the country.

That’s according to a new report van Clever, which analyzed data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the U.S. Department of Transportation Federal Highway Administration and other data sources to rank the regions of the United States that were the best and worst for commuters.

Raleigh ranked 10th in the study, with an average travel time of 27 minutes and annual fuel costs estimated at $778.

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Behind the rankings

One of the reasons why, according to the analysis, is that Raleigh is ranked best in the nation for the cost of an average annual auto insurance premium. The survey found that annual insurance premiums average $2,000 in many cities. In Raleigh, premiums average $952 per year.

And since 2019, the cost of commuting in Raleigh has actually fallen by 6%. Even with rising inflation driven in part by rising energy costs, average commuting costs fell from $7,430 to $6,984 per year, the study found. And the maintenance costs associated with commuting fell from $485 in 2019 to $398 in 2022.

While the residents of Raleigh travel 27 minutes, those are mostly traffic-free, according to the study. The region ranks second overall for the fewest estimated hours lost to traffic, with a total of 6 estimated hours. That’s 81% less than the 32 hours lost in the average metro region, the study said.

Charlotte ranked 22nd in the study, which ranked the top 50 most populous metropolitan statistical areas. The Durham-Chapel Hill metropolitan statistical area was not included in the study.

A 2020 study ranked the Raleigh-Durham region as the third best in the country when it came to commuting.

And commuting could improve for many workers, as a recent survey found that 30% of the region’s jobs fall within a mile of a proposed light rail corridor.

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