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15 cities with the most expensive commutes, based on gas prices


Gas prices have risen to an all-time high in the U.S., with prices for gas reaching an all time record. $4.43 per gallonSome commuters might feel a pinch worse on Friday than others.

Location matters when it comes to gas prices: Gas expenses vary for drivers who drive to the major cities in America. This can add up to $651 per year, according to an a recent studyClever is an online brokerage company that specializes in real estate.

Riverside, California is the most costly place to drive to work. The average cost for a gallon of gas per year in Riverside is $1,225. New Orleans ranks second with an average annual gas price of $574.

Based on average gas prices, these are the 15 most costly metro areas to commute to.

  1. Riverside, California: $1,225
  2. Phoenix: $1,224
  3. Los Angeles: $1,211
  4. Atlanta: $1,180
  5. San Diego: $1,156
  6. Houston: $1,080
  7. San Francisco: $1,077
  8. Chicago: $1,058
  9. Dallas: $1,055
  10. Sacramento, California: $1,039
  11. Nashville, Tennessee: $1,019
  12. Seattle: $1,001
  13. Detroit: $989
  14. Birmingham, Alabama: $924
  15. Washington, D.C.: $903

Using government data, the study calculated the price of gas in the 50 most populous U.S. metro areas by dividing the average distance to work by the average gas mileage across all light-duty vehicles — 22.9 miles per gallon — then multiplied that by the average gas price per gallon in March.

Average annual fuel costs for commutes in all metropolitan areas are $867 Notable is the fact that these figures do not reflect all costs associated with driving and only include commutes to work.

Driving costs an average of $2,100 per household annually. according to 2019 dataThis account for about 3.3% of total driver budgets. Due to rising gas prices, however, the number may be much higher.

Cost of commute can be affected by many factors, including the availability and cost of public transportation. The factors include the amount of urban sprawl and availability of public transportation. Gas is typically more expensive in close proximity to oil refineries.

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Mike Robinson
Mike covers the financial, utilities and biotechnology sectors for Street Register. He has been writing about investment and personal finance topics for almost 12 years. Mike has an MBA in Finance from Wake Forest University.