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Wichita well above average as a driving city, says Wallethub

The personal finance website WalletHub released its 2019’s Best & Worst Cities to Drive in and a Kansas city did okay on the survey.

“Wichita was the only one on this ranking,” said analyst Jill Gonzalez. “It actually did pretty well. It ranked 23 out of the 100 or so cities that we looked at.”

Drivers across the country annually spend an average of more than 310 hours on the road.

“We looked at 30 different indicators of driver-friendliness,” said Gonzalez. “That included average gas prices, to annual hours in traffic congestion per commuter, to auto repair shops per capita. Wichita did pretty good across the board.”

The World Economic forum ranks U.S. roads at 11th in quality out of 140 economically developed nations.

“People don’t necessarily think so, but it actually has some of the best roads in the country,” said Gonzalez. “It has a lot fewer that are in disrepair than other cities.”

Kansas’ highway system ranks 6th in the nation in overall cost-effectiveness and condition according to a report released earlier this month by the Reason Foundation.


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