Low congestion and cheaper auto insurance make Raleigh a top city for commuters

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RALEIGH- While many workers may have a remote work option or a hybrid or flexible schedule, those commuting to an office in Raleigh can drive safely knowing that the area has one of the best transportation systems in the country. .

That’s according to a new report from 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 which parts of the U.S. were the best. and the worst for commuters.

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

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Behind the ranking

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

And, since 2019, the cost of travel in Raleigh has actually dropped by 6%. Even with rising inflation due in part to rising energy costs, average transportation costs rose from $7,430 to $6,984 per year, according to the study. And maintenance costs associated with travel have risen from $485 in 2019 to $398 in 2022.

While residents of the Raleigh area have 27-minute commutes, those are mostly traffic-free, according to the study. The region ranked second overall for the fewest estimated hours lost due to traffic, with an estimated 6 total hours. That’s 81% less than the 32 hours lost in the average metropolitan area, the study notes.

Charlotte ranked 22nd in the study, which ranked the 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 area third in the nation for travel.

And commuting could improve for many workers, as a recent study found that 30% of jobs in the region are within one mile of a light rail corridor project.

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