Cincinnati not the best or worst city to drive in, but review finds it's pretty unsafe

Cincinnati not the best or worst city to drive in, but review finds it's pretty unsafe
Posted at 2:58 PM, Jul 11, 2018
and last updated 2018-07-11 19:09:58-04

CINCINNATI -- We probably don't need to tell you this: Cincinnati is not the best city to drive in.

That honor belongs to Raleigh, North Carolina.

It's not the worst either, according to a new review from WalletHub. Detroit can claim that (dis)honor.

Still, the review found our hometown is one of America's least-safe cities for traffic.

The rankings, released Tuesday, looked at things like the cost to own and maintain a car, roads and infrastructure, numbers of car dealerships and auto repair shops, and safety.

Cincinnati fell pretty much in the middle of the pack overall, placing 48th out of 100 cities. It was the second-highest Ohio city in the list, just behind Toledo (42nd) and ahead of Columbus (50th).

Source: WalletHub

The Queen City scored fairly high in terms of access to vehicles and maintenance services (16th) and cost to own and maintain a car (27th).

The traffic and infrastructure rank -- which looked at hours spent in congestion, average commute time, quality of roads, weather and other factors -- placed Cincinnati in the middle, at 46th.

But the safety ranking was near the bottom, placing Cincinnati 92nd overall. That looked at things such as your likelihood of being in a crash, the traffic fatality rate, seatbelt usage, hard-braking events, car thefts and more.

As WCPO previously reported, Cincinnati police have pulled back from making traffic stops over the past few years, as the city's crash injury and death rates top Ohio's major cities.

We found Cincinnati had the most crashes, per resident, when compared with Columbus and Cleveland. That trend holds true across nearly every crash type: crashes that involved injuries, crashes that resulted in just property damage and traffic injuries overall (since more than one person could be injured in a single wreck).

Cincinnati also has led in injury crashes per capita since 2012, and total crashes per capita and property damage crashes per capita since 2015.

The only category Cincinnati didn't lead -- deaths. Cleveland had more fatal crashes per capita than Columbus or Cincinnati in 2017.

That's a reversal from the year before, when Cincinnati had the highest deadly crash rate among the three cities.

Lexington ranked higher than Cincinnati in the WalletHub's overall list, placing 33rd, while Louisville was far behind, at 62nd. 

Cleveland, if you wondered, came in at 85th.

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