Are you totally obsessed with cars? Do you want to live somewhere where everyone else shares your enthusiasm?
In the US, there are some great places for car lovers to live, and, there are some pretty terrible ones.
So, where should you go live if you love cars, and where should you avoid? Read on to learn about the best and worst cities for car lovers to live in America.
Let’s start with the good news first – the best cities for car lovers.
1. Colorado Springs
If you’re looking to take breathtaking road trips through mountain scenery whenever you want, then Colorado Springs is the place to go.
The snowpack melts off in the early spring, which means you get to see waterfalls running off the mountains during the summer months.
Honestly, your biggest problem here will probably be keeping your eyes off the amazing scenery and on the road.
Plus, if you own multiple cars, you’ll be right at home here. Colorado ranks second when it comes to states with the most three-vehicle garages or larger.
2. Salt Lake City, Utah
Due to its Mormon population, world-class skiing, and craft beer, Salt Lake City often slips under the radar when it comes to car culture.
However, living in Salt Lake gives you the opportunity to experience some of the best driving routes in the nation.
3. Dayton, Ohio
Cars are in the blood of those who live in Dayton, Ohio.
In fact, the very first battery-operated car ignition was invented here a little over 100 years ago. Even the country’s first speeding ticket was issued in Dayton!
While it doesn’t boast the mountainous scenery that Utah and Colorado do, you will find world-class car expos here nearly every month.
Now, let’s check out the worst cities for car lovers.
1. New York
It probably comes as no surprise that the Big Apple is not a car-friendly city.
With 5 times as much traffic congestion as Colorado Springs, cars really just aren’t a priority here. Most people opt for Ubers, subways, or bikes.
If you’re looking to live here but feel like you can’t part with your car, get ready for some expensive parking spot fees. These normally range from 300 to $1000 per month.
2. Miami, FL
Drivers in Miami get a bad rap – and probably for a good reason. Miami consistently ranks at the top for cities with the worst and rudest drivers.
Combine terrible drivers with high car insurance premiums, low car ownership rate, and constant congestion, and this place is pretty much a car lover’s nightmare.
However, NASCAR is big here. So if you are forced to relocate here, you could at least watch others enjoy driving their cars…
3. San Francisco
Don’t let the scenic road trips of San Francisco fool you – this city is also a car lover’s nightmare.
In exchange for picturesque drives, you’ll pay an extremely high price. Not only will you be paying a fortune in housing here, but you’ll also be paying a fortune at the pump. Plus, the congestion levels here rank only slightly better than those in New York and LA.
Luckily, they have a great transportation system to make up for it.
So, there you have it – the best and worst cities for car lovers. We hope this list helps you if you’re considering a move or a second home.