“D.C. did have a lot of negatives here,” said WalletHub analyst Jill Gonzalez. “There were a few things where it ranked either at the very bottom or close to it.”
The District was followed by Detroit, Oakland and San Francisco.
Baltimore was also a member of the bottom 10 cities on the list, coming in at number 92.
“We looked at safety, access to vehicles, traffic and the cost of ownership,” Gonzalez said.
In all, researchers considered 25 factors, such as annual hours spent in congestion, the likelihood of getting into a crash, gas prices, parking rates and car maintenance costs.
Not only did the District rank high in traffic congestion and vehicle ownership costs but the study also showed that D.C. has relatively few repair shops available.
Drivers are also 33 percent more likely to get into an accident compared to the national average, researchers said.
“There’s a lot of stop and go traffic, so that does play into the likelihood of getting into some type of crash in general,” said Gonzalez. “Another thing is that D.C. is actually quite lenient on things like DUIs, and we counted that against the District.”