By Jim Donovan: Is the cost of owning a car driving you into the poor house? Well just be thankful that you don’t live in Georgia ( any Georgia residents reading this have my sympathy ). Georgia is the most expensive state to operate a motor vehicle. On the flip side, Oregon is the cheapest. That is according to a new Bankrate.com report.
Bankrate factored in the costs of gasoline, insurance, repairs, taxes and fees. In Georgia, a typical driver spends $4,233 per year to operate his or her vehicle. That is almost double the cost in Oregon ($2,204). The national average is $3,201.READ MORE: Philadelphia Students Finding Comfort In Rec Centers Again Amid Gun Violence Epidemic
Fortunately this is one report where the Delaware Valley falls closer to the bottom. In our region New Jersey comes in around the midway mark at #23, in the Garden State the average driver spends $3257 per year. Delaware ranks #38 at $2846 and Pennsylvania is way down at #44, drivers spending around $2764 per year.
So what makes Georgia so expensive? Georgians spend a lot of time in their cars thanks in part to Atlanta’s sprawling communities and a lack of public transportation. Those long commutes lead to above-average gasoline costs and insurance rates. And Georgia has the highest state automobile taxes and fees in the nation. While Oregonians benefit from the absence of a state sales tax as well as relatively low car insurance costs. Plus, the typical Beaver State resident drives 16% fewer miles than the national average.READ MORE: 'I Thought I Was Done': Residents Of Trevose Mobile Home Park Pick Up The Pieces After EF-3 Tornado
California ($3,966), Wyoming ($3,938), Rhode Island ($3,913) and Nevada ($3,886) round out the five most expensive states.
Alaska ($2,227), South Dakota ($2,343), Montana ($2,660) and Indiana ($2,698) join Oregon among the five cheapest states.
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