# The Cost Per Mile For Driving, Taxiing, and Public Transport in America

With the gas vs EV (Electric Vehicles) argument being discussed continuously due to fluctuating gasoline prices, the need for more information on automobile related costs remains high.

Taking that into consideration, this study has investigated how much it costs drivers across the U.S. to drive, taxi, or travel by public transport a total of one mile in each city.

By analyzing operating and ownership costs alongside public transportation fees, using local data for the 50 most populated cities in the U.S. [1] World Population Review - The 300 Largest Cities in the United States by Population 2023 https://worldpopulationreview.com/us-cities, the study has determined the vast difference in travel costs per mile geographically. Read on to discover transportation costs per mile in your city.

## Key findings

**Residents in Nashville, Tennessee, pay the most per mile for transportation**across America. The study based this off an average $2.66 per mile for cars, $9.01 for a 1 mile cab ride including starting fee, and $3.69 for a one-way trip on public transport.- Those in
**Kansas City, Missouri, pay the least of all U.S. cities per mile for transportation**, with car travel costing $2.61 per mile, $5.05 for a one mile cab ride with starting fee, and $1.50 for a one-way trip on public transport. **Long Beach, California, and Las Vegas, Nevada, are the most expensive cities for car travel**at $2.79 per mile, whereas**Portland, Oregon, is the most affordable**at $2.56.- An average
**one mile cab ride will cost $9.63 in Charlotte**,**North Carolina**, the highest across the U.S with**Elso Paso, Texas cab rides costing $3.90**on average, the lowest. **Arlington, Texas residents benefit from the cheapest public transport costs per mile**of $0.84, compared to Nashville where a one mile trip will set you back an average $3.69.

## Nashville is the most expensive city to travel per mile

To create the cost per mile index the below was investigated:

- Car ownership and operating cost per mile
- Cab price for one mile plus starting fee
- One way public transport per mile

The analysis of car travel costs, cab fares and public transport across America identified a clear divide in the cost of getting around the country. Nashville was shown to be the most expensive city to travel per mile out of the 50 cities reviewed.

The city’s average car cost per mile came to $2.66, this is made up of the average operating and ownership cost per mile. This is based on running a Ford F-150 as America’s most popular car to provide a fair comparison across each city. [2] Motor Biscuit - How Many Years Has the Ford F-150 Been the Best-Selling Truck? https://www.motorbiscuit.com/how-many-years-has-the-ford-f-150-been-the-best-selling-truck/

A one mile cab ride plus the standard starting fee was found to cost people a hefty $9.01 on average according to data from Numbeo. [3] Numbeo - Cost of Living https://www.numbeo.com/cost-of-living The cost of a one way trip on public transport per mile was shown to be $3.69 on average.

With a potential score of 10 given to each data point, with higher figures scoring higher, and then an average taken from all three scores, Nashville scored the highest overall figure of 7.89 out of a possible 10 points.

San Francisco followed closely with an overall score of 7.78 out of 10, scoring highly for the city’s high cab total cost per mile ($7.13) and public transport costs ($2.95 per mile).

Long Beach, Sacramento and Oakland made up the rest of the top five most expensive U.S. cities respectively for transport per mile costs.

### U.S. transport costs per mile

Rank | U.S. city | Car cost per mile | Cab fare total per mile plus starting fee | One way local transport per mile | Average score out of 10 |
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Rank1 | U.S. cityNashville | Car cost per mile$2.66 | Cab fare total per mile plus starting fee$9.01 | One way local transport per mile$3.69 | Average score out of 107.89 |

Rank2 | U.S. citySan Francisco | Car cost per mile$2.78 | Cab fare total per mile plus starting fee$7.13 | One way local transport per mile$2.95 | Average score out of 107.78 |

Rank3 | U.S. cityLong Beach | Car cost per mile$2.79 | Cab fare total per mile plus starting fee$9.47 | One way local transport per mile$1.50 | Average score out of 107.61 |

Rank4 | U.S. citySacramento | Car cost per mile$2.77 | Cab fare total per mile plus starting fee$7.00 | One way local transport per mile$2.75 | Average score out of 107.37 |

Rank5 | U.S. cityOakland | Car cost per mile$2.77 | Cab fare total per mile plus starting fee$7.00 | One way local transport per mile$2.75 | Average score out of 107.35 |

Rank6 | U.S. cityLas Vegas | Car cost per mile$2.79 | Cab fare total per mile plus starting fee$6.72 | One way local transport per mile$2.50 | Average score out of 107.13 |

Rank7 | U.S. citySan Jose | Car cost per mile$2.78 | Cab fare total per mile plus starting fee$6.75 | One way local transport per mile$2.50 | Average score out of 107.05 |

Rank8 | U.S. cityPhiladelphia | Car cost per mile$2.68 | Cab fare total per mile plus starting fee$9.19 | One way local transport per mile$2.50 | Average score out of 106.99 |

Rank9 | U.S. cityNew York City | Car cost per mile$2.72 | Cab fare total per mile plus starting fee$7.50 | One way local transport per mile$2.75 | Average score out of 106.93 |

Rank10 | U.S. cityWashington | Car cost per mile$2.71 | Cab fare total per mile plus starting fee$7.16 | One way local transport per mile$2.75 | Average score out of 106.61 |

Rank11 | U.S. cityBaltimore | Car cost per mile$2.74 | Cab fare total per mile plus starting fee$8.00 | One way local transport per mile$1.90 | Average score out of 106.58 |

Rank12 | U.S. citySan Diego | Car cost per mile$2.78 | Cab fare total per mile plus starting fee$5.80 | One way local transport per mile$2.50 | Average score out of 106.56 |

Rank13 | U.S. citySeattle | Car cost per mile$2.70 | Cab fare total per mile plus starting fee$6.85 | One way local transport per mile$2.75 | Average score out of 106.32 |

Rank14 | U.S. cityLos Angeles | Car cost per mile$2.78 | Cab fare total per mile plus starting fee$6.75 | One way local transport per mile$1.75 | Average score out of 106.25 |

Rank15 | U.S. cityChicago | Car cost per mile$2.70 | Cab fare total per mile plus starting fee$6.89 | One way local transport per mile$2.50 | Average score out of 106.15 |

Rank16 | U.S. cityMiami | Car cost per mile$2.73 | Cab fare total per mile plus starting fee$6.00 | One way local transport per mile$2.50 | Average score out of 105.96 |

Rank17 | U.S. cityCharlotte | Car cost per mile$2.58 | Cab fare total per mile plus starting fee$9.63 | One way local transport per mile$2.45 | Average score out of 105.91 |

Rank18 | U.S. cityBakersfield | Car cost per mile$2.77 | Cab fare total per mile plus starting fee$5.75 | One way local transport per mile$1.75 | Average score out of 105.67 |

Rank19 | U.S. cityMilwaukee | Car cost per mile$2.60 | Cab fare total per mile plus starting fee$8.00 | One way local transport per mile$2.50 | Average score out of 105.47 |

Rank20 | U.S. cityMinneapolis | Car cost per mile$2.67 | Cab fare total per mile plus starting fee$6.25 | One way local transport per mile$2.50 | Average score out of 105.32 |

Rank21 | U.S. cityFresno | Car cost per mile$2.76 | Cab fare total per mile plus starting fee$5.85 | One way local transport per mile$1.50 | Average score out of 105.29 |

Rank22 | U.S. cityAtlanta | Car cost per mile$2.67 | Cab fare total per mile plus starting fee$6.12 | One way local transport per mile$2.50 | Average score out of 105.29 |

Rank23 | U.S. cityJacksonville | Car cost per mile$2.74 | Cab fare total per mile plus starting fee$5.65 | One way local transport per mile$1.75 | Average score out of 105.1 |

Rank24 | U.S. cityBoston | Car cost per mile$2.66 | Cab fare total per mile plus starting fee$6.00 | One way local transport per mile$2.40 | Average score out of 105.07 |

Rank25 | U.S. cityFort Worth | Car cost per mile$2.67 | Cab fare total per mile plus starting fee$5.40 | One way local transport per mile$2.50 | Average score out of 104.98 |

Rank26 | U.S. cityTulsa | Car cost per mile$2.59 | Cab fare total per mile plus starting fee$7.50 | One way local transport per mile$2.50 | Average score out of 104.97 |

Rank27 | U.S. cityHouston | Car cost per mile$2.66 | Cab fare total per mile plus starting fee$7.98 | One way local transport per mile$1.25 | Average score out of 104.85 |

Rank28 | U.S. cityDetroit | Car cost per mile$2.72 | Cab fare total per mile plus starting fee$5.00 | One way local transport per mile$2.00 | Average score out of 104.84 |

Rank29 | U.S. cityDallas | Car cost per mile$2.67 | Cab fare total per mile plus starting fee$4.60 | One way local transport per mile$2.75 | Average score out of 104.83 |

Rank30 | U.S. cityColumbus | Car cost per mile$2.63 | Cab fare total per mile plus starting fee$6.75 | One way local transport per mile$2.10 | Average score out of 104.69 |

Rank31 | U.S. cityMesa | Car cost per mile$2.69 | Cab fare total per mile plus starting fee$5.34 | One way local transport per mile$2.00 | Average score out of 104.67 |

Rank32 | U.S. cityWichita | Car cost per mile$2.69 | Cab fare total per mile plus starting fee$4.25 | One way local transport per mile$2.50 | Average score out of 104.56 |

Rank33 | U.S. cityDenver | Car cost per mile$2.60 | Cab fare total per mile plus starting fee$5.25 | One way local transport per mile$3.00 | Average score out of 104.51 |

Rank34 | U.S. cityIndianapolis | Car cost per mile$2.67 | Cab fare total per mile plus starting fee$6.07 | One way local transport per mile$1.72 | Average score out of 104.48 |

Rank35 | U.S. cityPhoenix | Car cost per mile$2.68 | Cab fare total per mile plus starting fee$5.10 | One way local transport per mile$2.00 | Average score out of 104.36 |

Rank36 | U.S. cityOmaha | Car cost per mile$2.65 | Cab fare total per mile plus starting fee$7.15 | One way local transport per mile$1.25 | Average score out of 104.26 |

Rank37 | U.S. cityOklahoma City | Car cost per mile$2.59 | Cab fare total per mile plus starting fee$7.00 | One way local transport per mile$2.00 | Average score out of 104.22 |

Rank38 | U.S. cityRaleigh | Car cost per mile$2.57 | Cab fare total per mile plus starting fee$7.50 | One way local transport per mile$1.62 | Average score out of 103.86 |

Rank39 | U.S. cityPortland | Car cost per mile$2.56 | Cab fare total per mile plus starting fee$6.00 | One way local transport per mile$2.50 | Average score out of 103.85 |

Rank40 | U.S. cityMemphis | Car cost per mile$2.66 | Cab fare total per mile plus starting fee$5.15 | One way local transport per mile$1.75 | Average score out of 103.82 |

Rank41 | U.S. citySan Antonio | Car cost per mile$2.65 | Cab fare total per mile plus starting fee$5.65 | One way local transport per mile$1.50 | Average score out of 103.76 |

Rank42 | U.S. cityAlbuquerque | Car cost per mile$2.60 | Cab fare total per mile plus starting fee$7.78 | One way local transport per mile$1.00 | Average score out of 103.68 |

Rank43 | U.S. cityVirginia Beach | Car cost per mile$2.59 | Cab fare total per mile plus starting fee$5.90 | One way local transport per mile$2.00 | Average score out of 103.62 |

Rank44 | U.S. cityTucson | Car cost per mile$2.65 | Cab fare total per mile plus starting fee$5.00 | One way local transport per mile$1.62 | Average score out of 103.5 |

Rank45 | U.S. cityAurora | Car cost per mile$2.60 | Cab fare total per mile plus starting fee$6.20 | One way local transport per mile$1.50 | Average score out of 103.48 |

Rank46 | U.S. cityAustin | Car cost per mile$2.66 | Cab fare total per mile plus starting fee$5.00 | One way local transport per mile$1.38 | Average score out of 103.41 |

Rank47 | U.S. cityColorado Springs | Car cost per mile$2.58 | Cab fare total per mile plus starting fee$5.30 | One way local transport per mile$2.00 | Average score out of 103.26 |

Rank48 | U.S. cityEl Paso | Car cost per mile$2.67 | Cab fare total per mile plus starting fee$3.90 | One way local transport per mile$1.50 | Average score out of 103.07 |

Rank49 | U.S. cityArlington | Car cost per mile$2.67 | Cab fare total per mile plus starting fee$5.16 | One way local transport per mile$0.84 | Average score out of 103.04 |

Rank50 | U.S. cityKansas City | Car cost per mile$2.61 | Cab fare total per mile plus starting fee$5.05 | One way local transport per mile$1.50 | Average score out of 102.87 |

At the other end of the scale the results showed that Kansas City offers the most affordable travel per mile across the 50 U.S. cities analyzed.

The cost of owning a car per mile on average is $2.61, with a one mile cab ride plus the standard starting fee in the city coming to $5.05. A one way trip on public transport for a mile came in at $1.50. This resulted in Kansas City scoring the lowest overall figure of 2.87 out of a possible 10 points.

Arlington was shown to be the second most affordable city to travel in. Car costs came to $2.67 per mile, a one mile cab ride plus starting fee costs $5.16 on average and a one way trip on public transport comes to just $0.84.

El Paso, Colorado Springs, and Austin made up the remaining top five most affordable U.S. cities to travel in respectively.

## Car costs per mile across America

To calculate car ownership costs in the 50 cities studied a number of datapoints were analyzed. These include:

- Sales tax rate
- Sales tax amount
- Cost of Ford F-150 XL
- Depreciation amount
- Maintenance costs

This provided a total price of car ownership in each city. The Ford F-150 XL was used in the calculations as this was shown to be the most popular car in America. In fact data from Motor Biscuit shows that Ford sold more than 640,000 F-series trucks in 2022, making it America’s best-selling truck for 46 consecutive years, and the best-selling vehicle of any type for 41 years. [4] Motor Biscuit - How Many Years Has the Ford F-150 Been the Best-Selling Truck? https://www.motorbiscuit.com/how-many-years-has-the-ford-f-150-been-the-best-selling-truck/

The below was also taken into consideration:

- Gasoline costs (1 Liter)
- Number of gallons needed
- Miles driven

This provided a total gas price and the average cost per mile in each city. This identified the total operating costs.

Cost per mile was calculated by adding the ownership and operating costs together and dividing by the average miles driven. Research from the Federal Highway Association shows that the average American drives 13,476 miles per year. [5] U.S Department of Transportation Federal Highways Administration https://highways.dot.gov/

The total car cost includes the cost of the car plus annual figures like tax, insurance and operating figures including fuel.

Long Beach was shown to be the most costly city to drive in with a total annual cost of owning a car at $37,633, giving it the maximum score of 10 out of 10 in the 50 cities studied.

Las Vegas was shown to be the second most expensive city with the total cost of owning and operating the car in the city coming to $37,563.

San Diego, San Jose, and Los Angeles made up the remaining top five most expensive cities to own and run a car respectively.

### U.S. cost per mile for cars

Rank | U.S. city | Total price of car ownership | Total operating cost | Cost per mile total | Total cost to own a car | Average score out of 10 |
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Rank1 | U.S. cityLong Beach | Total price of car ownership$34,402 | Total operating cost$3,231 | Cost per mile total$2.79 | Total cost to own a car$37,633 | Average score out of 1010.00 |

Rank2 | U.S. cityLas Vegas | Total price of car ownership$34,918 | Total operating cost$2,645 | Cost per mile total$2.79 | Total cost to own a car$37,563 | Average score out of 109.80 |

Rank3 | U.S. citySan Francisco | Total price of car ownership$34,402 | Total operating cost$3,099 | Cost per mile total$2.78 | Total cost to own a car$37,500 | Average score out of 109.63 |

Rank4 | U.S. citySan Diego | Total price of car ownership$34,402 | Total operating cost$3,042 | Cost per mile total$2.78 | Total cost to own a car$37,444 | Average score out of 109.47 |

Rank5 | U.S. citySan Jose | Total price of car ownership$34,402 | Total operating cost$3,042 | Cost per mile total$2.78 | Total cost to own a car$37,444 | Average score out of 109.47 |

Rank6 | U.S. cityLos Angeles | Total price of car ownership$34,402 | Total operating cost$3,023 | Cost per mile total$2.78 | Total cost to own a car$37,425 | Average score out of 109.41 |

Rank7 | U.S. cityBakersfield | Total price of car ownership$34,402 | Total operating cost$2,966 | Cost per mile total$2.77 | Total cost to own a car$37,368 | Average score out of 109.25 |

Rank8 | U.S. citySacramento | Total price of car ownership$34,402 | Total operating cost$2,966 | Cost per mile total$2.77 | Total cost to own a car$37,368 | Average score out of 109.25 |

Rank9 | U.S. cityOakland | Total price of car ownership$34,402 | Total operating cost$2,947 | Cost per mile total$2.77 | Total cost to own a car$37,349 | Average score out of 109.20 |

Rank10 | U.S. cityFresno | Total price of car ownership$34,402 | Total operating cost$2,796 | Cost per mile total$2.76 | Total cost to own a car$37,198 | Average score out of 108.77 |

Rank11 | U.S. cityBaltimore | Total price of car ownership$34,094 | Total operating cost$2,834 | Cost per mile total$2.74 | Total cost to own a car$36,928 | Average score out of 108.01 |

Rank12 | U.S. cityJacksonville | Total price of car ownership$34,628 | Total operating cost$2,229 | Cost per mile total$2.74 | Total cost to own a car$36,858 | Average score out of 107.81 |

Rank13 | U.S. cityMiami | Total price of car ownership$34,628 | Total operating cost$2,116 | Cost per mile total$2.73 | Total cost to own a car$36,744 | Average score out of 107.49 |

Rank14 | U.S. cityDetroit | Total price of car ownership$34,236 | Total operating cost$2,418 | Cost per mile total$2.72 | Total cost to own a car$36,655 | Average score out of 107.24 |

Rank15 | U.S. cityNew York City | Total price of car ownership$34,201 | Total operating cost$2,437 | Cost per mile total$2.72 | Total cost to own a car$36,638 | Average score out of 107.19 |

Rank16 | U.S. cityWashington | Total price of car ownership$34,077 | Total operating cost$2,418 | Cost per mile total$2.71 | Total cost to own a car$36,495 | Average score out of 106.79 |

Rank17 | U.S. cityChicago | Total price of car ownership$33,773 | Total operating cost$2,645 | Cost per mile total$2.70 | Total cost to own a car$36,418 | Average score out of 106.57 |

Rank18 | U.S. citySeattle | Total price of car ownership$33,694 | Total operating cost$2,645 | Cost per mile total$2.70 | Total cost to own a car$36,339 | Average score out of 106.35 |

Rank19 | U.S. cityMesa | Total price of car ownership$33,567 | Total operating cost$2,702 | Cost per mile total$2.69 | Total cost to own a car$36,268 | Average score out of 106.15 |

Rank20 | U.S. cityWichita | Total price of car ownership$34,156 | Total operating cost$2,078 | Cost per mile total$2.69 | Total cost to own a car$36,234 | Average score out of 106.05 |

Rank21 | U.S. cityPhoenix | Total price of car ownership$33,567 | Total operating cost$2,513 | Cost per mile total$2.68 | Total cost to own a car$36,079 | Average score out of 105.61 |

Rank22 | U.S. cityPhiladelphia | Total price of car ownership$33,784 | Total operating cost$2,267 | Cost per mile total$2.68 | Total cost to own a car$36,051 | Average score out of 105.53 |

Rank23 | U.S. cityDallas | Total price of car ownership$33,880 | Total operating cost$2,154 | Cost per mile total$2.67 | Total cost to own a car$36,033 | Average score out of 105.48 |

Rank24 | U.S. cityFort Worth | Total price of car ownership$33,880 | Total operating cost$2,154 | Cost per mile total$2.67 | Total cost to own a car$36,033 | Average score out of 105.48 |

Rank25 | U.S. cityIndianapolis | Total price of car ownership$33,646 | Total operating cost$2,343 | Cost per mile total$2.67 | Total cost to own a car$35,989 | Average score out of 105.36 |

Rank26 | U.S. cityArlington | Total price of car ownership$33,880 | Total operating cost$2,078 | Cost per mile total$2.67 | Total cost to own a car$35,958 | Average score out of 105.27 |

Rank27 | U.S. cityEl Paso | Total price of car ownership$33,880 | Total operating cost$2,078 | Cost per mile total$2.67 | Total cost to own a car$35,958 | Average score out of 105.27 |

Rank28 | U.S. cityAtlanta | Total price of car ownership$34,058 | Total operating cost$1,908 | Cost per mile total$2.67 | Total cost to own a car$35,967 | Average score out of 105.29 |

Rank29 | U.S. cityMinneapolis | Total price of car ownership$33,862 | Total operating cost$2,059 | Cost per mile total$2.67 | Total cost to own a car$35,922 | Average score out of 105.17 |

Rank30 | U.S. cityBoston | Total price of car ownership$33,549 | Total operating cost$2,343 | Cost per mile total$2.66 | Total cost to own a car$35,892 | Average score out of 105.08 |

Rank31 | U.S. cityHouston | Total price of car ownership$33,880 | Total operating cost$1,984 | Cost per mile total$2.66 | Total cost to own a car$35,863 | Average score out of 105.00 |

Rank32 | U.S. cityAustin | Total price of car ownership$33,880 | Total operating cost$1,965 | Cost per mile total$2.66 | Total cost to own a car$35,844 | Average score out of 104.95 |

Rank33 | U.S. cityMemphis | Total price of car ownership$33,743 | Total operating cost$2,040 | Cost per mile total$2.66 | Total cost to own a car$35,783 | Average score out of 104.78 |

Rank34 | U.S. cityNashville | Total price of car ownership$33,743 | Total operating cost$2,040 | Cost per mile total$2.66 | Total cost to own a car$35,783 | Average score out of 104.78 |

Rank35 | U.S. citySan Antonio | Total price of car ownership$33,880 | Total operating cost$1,852 | Cost per mile total$2.65 | Total cost to own a car$35,731 | Average score out of 104.63 |

Rank36 | U.S. cityOmaha | Total price of car ownership$33,334 | Total operating cost$2,343 | Cost per mile total$2.65 | Total cost to own a car$35,676 | Average score out of 104.47 |

Rank37 | U.S. cityTucson | Total price of car ownership$33,567 | Total operating cost$2,097 | Cost per mile total$2.65 | Total cost to own a car$35,664 | Average score out of 104.44 |

Rank38 | U.S. cityColumbus | Total price of car ownership$33,260 | Total operating cost$2,154 | Cost per mile total$2.63 | Total cost to own a car$35,414 | Average score out of 103.73 |

Rank39 | U.S. cityAurora | Total price of car ownership$32,871 | Total operating cost$2,229 | Cost per mile total$2.60 | Total cost to own a car$35,100 | Average score out of 102.85 |

Rank40 | U.S. cityKansas City | Total price of car ownership$33,179 | Total operating cost$1,927 | Cost per mile total$2.61 | Total cost to own a car$35,106 | Average score out of 102.86 |

Rank41 | U.S. cityMilwaukee | Total price of car ownership$33,098 | Total operating cost$2,003 | Cost per mile total$2.60 | Total cost to own a car$35,101 | Average score out of 102.85 |

Rank42 | U.S. cityDenver | Total price of car ownership$32,871 | Total operating cost$2,173 | Cost per mile total$2.60 | Total cost to own a car$35,044 | Average score out of 102.69 |

Rank43 | U.S. cityAlbuquerque | Total price of car ownership$32,873 | Total operating cost$2,116 | Cost per mile total$2.60 | Total cost to own a car$34,989 | Average score out of 102.53 |

Rank44 | U.S. cityOklahoma City | Total price of car ownership$32,924 | Total operating cost$1,965 | Cost per mile total$2.59 | Total cost to own a car$34,889 | Average score out of 102.25 |

Rank45 | U.S. cityVirginia Beach | Total price of car ownership$32,902 | Total operating cost$1,965 | Cost per mile total$2.59 | Total cost to own a car$34,867 | Average score out of 102.19 |

Rank46 | U.S. cityTulsa | Total price of car ownership$32,924 | Total operating cost$1,927 | Cost per mile total$2.59 | Total cost to own a car$34,851 | Average score out of 102.14 |

Rank47 | U.S. cityColorado Springs | Total price of car ownership$32,871 | Total operating cost$1,946 | Cost per mile total$2.58 | Total cost to own a car$34,817 | Average score out of 102.05 |

Rank48 | U.S. cityCharlotte | Total price of car ownership$32,528 | Total operating cost$2,173 | Cost per mile total$2.58 | Total cost to own a car$34,701 | Average score out of 101.72 |

Rank49 | U.S. cityRaleigh | Total price of car ownership$32,528 | Total operating cost$2,116 | Cost per mile total$2.57 | Total cost to own a car$34,644 | Average score out of 101.56 |

Rank50 | U.S. cityPortland | Total price of car ownership$31,783 | Total operating cost$2,664 | Cost per mile total$2.56 | Total cost to own a car$34,446 | Average score out of 101.00 |

Portland was identified as the least expensive city of the 50 studied to run a car with total ownership and operating costs coming to $34,446.47 scoring just one point of a possible ten in the index.

Raleigh took the second spot for the most affordable city to drive in with a total cost of $34,644.41.

Charlotte, Colorado Springs and Tulsa made up the remaining top five most cost effective cities to drive respectively.

## Cab fares by city

Getting around in a city can be made so much easier by taking a cab instead of driving. However, how much can you expect to pay per mile, including the city’s starting fee? Let’s find out.

The study into cab fares per mile in addition to the starting fee, the charge automatically added when you get in the cab, shows that Charlotte is the priciest city to travel around.

The average one mile cab ride will cost $9.63 in Charlotte, the highest across the U.S with El Paso cab rides costing $3.90 on average, the lowest of all 50 cities analyzed.

Philadelphia was shown to have the highest starting fee of $5.50, with Dallas having the lowest at $1.80.

### U.S. cab fares in cities per mile

Rank | U.S. city | Average cab fare | Average starting fee | Average cab fare total per mile plus starting fee |
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Rank1 | U.S. cityCharlotte | Average cab fare$5.00 | Average starting fee$4.63 | Average cab fare total per mile plus starting fee$9.63 |

Rank2 | U.S. cityLong Beach | Average cab fare$5.62 | Average starting fee$3.85 | Average cab fare total per mile plus starting fee$9.47 |

Rank3 | U.S. cityPhiladelphia | Average cab fare$3.69 | Average starting fee$5.50 | Average cab fare total per mile plus starting fee$9.19 |

Rank4 | U.S. cityNashville | Average cab fare$7.00 | Average starting fee$2.01 | Average cab fare total per mile plus starting fee$9.01 |

Rank5 | U.S. cityBaltimore | Average cab fare$4.00 | Average starting fee$4.00 | Average cab fare total per mile plus starting fee$8.00 |

Rank6 | U.S. cityMilwaukee | Average cab fare$4.50 | Average starting fee$3.50 | Average cab fare total per mile plus starting fee$8.00 |

Rank7 | U.S. cityHouston | Average cab fare$2.99 | Average starting fee$4.99 | Average cab fare total per mile plus starting fee$7.98 |

Rank8 | U.S. cityAlbuquerque | Average cab fare$2.95 | Average starting fee$4.83 | Average cab fare total per mile plus starting fee$7.78 |

Rank9 | U.S. cityNew York City | Average cab fare$3.00 | Average starting fee$4.50 | Average cab fare total per mile plus starting fee$7.50 |

Rank10 | U.S. cityRaleigh | Average cab fare$3.75 | Average starting fee$3.75 | Average cab fare total per mile plus starting fee$7.50 |

Rank11 | U.S. cityTulsa | Average cab fare$5.00 | Average starting fee$2.50 | Average cab fare total per mile plus starting fee$7.50 |

Rank12 | U.S. cityWashington | Average cab fare$5.00 | Average starting fee$2.16 | Average cab fare total per mile plus starting fee$7.16 |

Rank13 | U.S. cityOmaha | Average cab fare$3.50 | Average starting fee$3.65 | Average cab fare total per mile plus starting fee$7.15 |

Rank14 | U.S. citySan Francisco | Average cab fare$4.00 | Average starting fee$3.13 | Average cab fare total per mile plus starting fee$7.13 |

Rank15 | U.S. cityOakland | Average cab fare$3.50 | Average starting fee$3.50 | Average cab fare total per mile plus starting fee$7.00 |

Rank16 | U.S. citySacramento | Average cab fare$4.00 | Average starting fee$3.00 | Average cab fare total per mile plus starting fee$7.00 |

Rank17 | U.S. cityOklahoma City | Average cab fare$5.00 | Average starting fee$2.00 | Average cab fare total per mile plus starting fee$7.00 |

Rank18 | U.S. cityChicago | Average cab fare$3.50 | Average starting fee$3.39 | Average cab fare total per mile plus starting fee$6.89 |

Rank19 | U.S. citySeattle | Average cab fare$4.00 | Average starting fee$2.85 | Average cab fare total per mile plus starting fee$6.85 |

Rank20 | U.S. cityColumbus | Average cab fare$3.50 | Average starting fee$3.25 | Average cab fare total per mile plus starting fee$6.75 |

Rank21 | U.S. citySan Jose | Average cab fare$3.75 | Average starting fee$3.00 | Average cab fare total per mile plus starting fee$6.75 |

Rank22 | U.S. cityLos Angeles | Average cab fare$4.00 | Average starting fee$2.75 | Average cab fare total per mile plus starting fee$6.75 |

Rank23 | U.S. cityLas Vegas | Average cab fare$3.59 | Average starting fee$3.13 | Average cab fare total per mile plus starting fee$6.72 |

Rank24 | U.S. cityMinneapolis | Average cab fare$3.75 | Average starting fee$2.50 | Average cab fare total per mile plus starting fee$6.25 |

Rank25 | U.S. cityAurora | Average cab fare$3.50 | Average starting fee$2.70 | Average cab fare total per mile plus starting fee$6.20 |

Rank26 | U.S. cityAtlanta | Average cab fare$2.62 | Average starting fee$3.50 | Average cab fare total per mile plus starting fee$6.12 |

Rank27 | U.S. cityIndianapolis | Average cab fare$3.62 | Average starting fee$2.45 | Average cab fare total per mile plus starting fee$6.07 |

Rank28 | U.S. cityBoston | Average cab fare$3.00 | Average starting fee$3.00 | Average cab fare total per mile plus starting fee$6.00 |

Rank29 | U.S. cityMiami | Average cab fare$3.50 | Average starting fee$2.50 | Average cab fare total per mile plus starting fee$6.00 |

Rank30 | U.S. cityPortland | Average cab fare$3.50 | Average starting fee$2.50 | Average cab fare total per mile plus starting fee$6.00 |

Rank31 | U.S. cityVirginia Beach | Average cab fare$3.50 | Average starting fee$2.40 | Average cab fare total per mile plus starting fee$5.90 |

Rank32 | U.S. cityFresno | Average cab fare$4.00 | Average starting fee$1.85 | Average cab fare total per mile plus starting fee$5.85 |

Rank33 | U.S. citySan Diego | Average cab fare$2.80 | Average starting fee$3.00 | Average cab fare total per mile plus starting fee$5.80 |

Rank34 | U.S. cityBakersfield | Average cab fare$3.00 | Average starting fee$2.75 | Average cab fare total per mile plus starting fee$5.75 |

Rank35 | U.S. citySan Antonio | Average cab fare$3.12 | Average starting fee$2.53 | Average cab fare total per mile plus starting fee$5.65 |

Rank36 | U.S. cityJacksonville | Average cab fare$3.50 | Average starting fee$2.15 | Average cab fare total per mile plus starting fee$5.65 |

Rank37 | U.S. cityFort Worth | Average cab fare$2.25 | Average starting fee$3.15 | Average cab fare total per mile plus starting fee$5.40 |

Rank38 | U.S. cityMesa | Average cab fare$2.99 | Average starting fee$2.35 | Average cab fare total per mile plus starting fee$5.34 |

Rank39 | U.S. cityColorado Springs | Average cab fare$2.05 | Average starting fee$3.25 | Average cab fare total per mile plus starting fee$5.30 |

Rank40 | U.S. cityDenver | Average cab fare$3.00 | Average starting fee$2.25 | Average cab fare total per mile plus starting fee$5.25 |

Rank41 | U.S. cityArlington | Average cab fare$3.00 | Average starting fee$2.16 | Average cab fare total per mile plus starting fee$5.16 |

Rank42 | U.S. cityMemphis | Average cab fare$2.00 | Average starting fee$3.15 | Average cab fare total per mile plus starting fee$5.15 |

Rank43 | U.S. cityPhoenix | Average cab fare$3.00 | Average starting fee$2.10 | Average cab fare total per mile plus starting fee$5.10 |

Rank44 | U.S. cityKansas City | Average cab fare$2.75 | Average starting fee$2.30 | Average cab fare total per mile plus starting fee$5.05 |

Rank45 | U.S. cityAustin | Average cab fare$2.50 | Average starting fee$2.50 | Average cab fare total per mile plus starting fee$5.00 |

Rank46 | U.S. cityTucson | Average cab fare$2.75 | Average starting fee$2.25 | Average cab fare total per mile plus starting fee$5.00 |

Rank47 | U.S. cityDetroit | Average cab fare$3.00 | Average starting fee$2.00 | Average cab fare total per mile plus starting fee$5.00 |

Rank48 | U.S. cityDallas | Average cab fare$2.80 | Average starting fee$1.80 | Average cab fare total per mile plus starting fee$4.60 |

Rank49 | U.S. cityWichita | Average cab fare$2.25 | Average starting fee$2.00 | Average cab fare total per mile plus starting fee$4.25 |

Rank50 | U.S. cityEl Paso | Average cab fare$1.65 | Average starting fee$2.25 | Average cab fare total per mile plus starting fee$3.90 |

Average cab fares and average starting fees were sourced from Numbero for each city. [6] Numbeo - Cost of Living https://www.numbeo.com/cost-of-living

## Public transportations costs in the U.S.

Those looking to share their journey with others may choose to travel using public transportation. Analysis of city-wide local transport cost data on Numbero [7] Numbeo - Cost of Living https://www.numbeo.com/cost-of-living/ has helped identify the U.S. cities where doing so will set you back more than others.

Those in Nashville will pay an average of $3.69 for a one mile trip, meanwhile Arlington residents benefit from the most affordable public transport costs per mile of $0.84.

### U.S. public transport costs per mile

Rank | U.S. city | Average one way local transport per mile cost |
---|---|---|

1 | Nashville | $3.69 |

2 | Denver | $3.00 |

3 | San Francisco | $2.95 |

4 | Sacramento | $2.75 |

5 | Oakland | $2.75 |

6 | New York City | $2.75 |

7 | Washington | $2.75 |

8 | Seattle | $2.75 |

9 | Dallas | $2.75 |

10 | Las Vegas | $2.50 |

11 | San Jose | $2.50 |

12 | Philadelphia | $2.50 |

13 | San Diego | $2.50 |

14 | Chicago | $2.50 |

15 | Miami | $2.50 |

16 | Milwaukee | $2.50 |

17 | Minneapolis | $2.50 |

18 | Atlanta | $2.50 |

19 | Fort Worth | $2.50 |

20 | Tulsa | $2.50 |

21 | Wichita | $2.50 |

22 | Portland | $2.50 |

23 | Charlotte | $2.45 |

24 | Boston | $2.40 |

25 | Columbus | $2.10 |

26 | Detroit | $2.00 |

27 | Mesa | $2.00 |

28 | Phoenix | $2.00 |

29 | Oklahoma City | $2.00 |

30 | Virginia Beach | $2.00 |

31 | Colorado Springs | $2.00 |

32 | Baltimore | $1.90 |

33 | Los Angeles | $1.75 |

34 | Bakersfield | $1.75 |

35 | Jacksonville | $1.75 |

36 | Memphis | $1.75 |

37 | Indianapolis | $1.72 |

38 | Raleigh | $1.62 |

39 | Tucson | $1.62 |

40 | Long Beach | $1.50 |

41 | Fresno | $1.50 |

42 | San Antonio | $1.50 |

43 | Aurora | $1.50 |

44 | El Paso | $1.50 |

45 | Kansas City | $1.50 |

46 | Austin | $1.38 |

47 | Houston | $1.25 |

48 | Omaha | $1.25 |

49 | Albuquerque | $1.00 |

50 | Arlington | $0.84 |

## Methodology

U.S. cities analyzed were taken from the top 50 most populated cities in America according to World Population Review. [1] World Population Review - The 300 Largest Cities in the United States by Population 2023 https://worldpopulationreview.com/us-cities

Gasoline costs for 1 liter of fuel (volume reported in liters by Numbeo instead of gallons), taxi fares and start fees and the average cost of one way trips on public transport for a journey of a mile in each of the 50 cities were collected from Numbeo on November 24th 2022. [3] Numbeo - Cost of Living https://www.numbeo.com/cost-of-living Numbeo’s data is self-reported and data quality varies city-by-city. Numbeo does use proprietary algorithms and ‘*heuristic technology to maintain data quality, and regularly removes statistically improbable or incorrect data using existing data as a benchmark.’*

The Ford F-150 [8] Edmunds - Most Popular Cars in America https://www.edmunds.com/most-popular-cars/ has been the best-selling truck (and vehicle) in the United States for more than 40 years according to multiple sources including Edmunds [9] Ford -2022 F-150® XL https://www.ford.com/trucks/f150/2022/models/f150-xl/, therefore this car was chosen for the analysis. City and state specific sales taxes were then applied.

Cost per mile figures were calculated by taking the total ownership cost, adding the operating cost and dividing by the national annual average miles driven. The research used 13,476 miles per year to be the average miles driven, according to the Federal Highway Administration. [10] U.S Department of Transportation Federal Highways Administration - Average Annual Miles per Driver by Age Group https://www.fhwa.dot.gov/ohim/onh00/bar8.htm

Depreciation figures [11] CarEdge - Ford F-150 Depreciation https://caredge.com/ford/f-150/depreciation?y=2&p=%2431%2C520.00&o=2&m=21000 and maintenance costs [12] CarEdge - Ford F-150 Maintenance Costs https://caredge.com/ford/f-150/maintenance for the Ford F-150 were sourced from Care Edge. Depreciation is based on the difference between new-vehicle purchase price and estimated trade-in value. For example, a Ford F-150 will depreciate 13% after 4 years and have a 4 year resale value of $29,608.

National data for average miles driven in the USA were taken from the United States Department of Transportation - Federal Highway Administration. [13] U.S Department of Transportation Federal Highways Administration - Average Annual Miles per Driver by Age Group https://www.fhwa.dot.gov/ohim/onh00/bar8.htm

Average insurance costs were calculated using data taken from Bankrate. [14] Bankrate - Average Cost if Car Insurance By State https://www.bankrate.com/insurance/car/average-cost-of-car-insurance/#by-state Two million quotes for Premium full coverage and Premium minimum coverage were analyzed and averaged to give an overall cost. The average cost of insurance can vary greatly from state to state and depends on a variety of rating factors such as your age, driving history, and insurance status.

Registration costs and fees by state for 2022 were taken from World Population Review. [15] World Population Review - Car Registration Fees By State https://worldpopulationreview.com/state-rankings/car-registration-fees-by-state

Personal Property Tax and Vehicle License Fee information was sourced from Compare.com. [16] Compare.com -Vehicle Title, Tax, Insurance & Registration Costs https://www.compare.com/auto-insurance/coverage/vehicle-costs Some states require you to pay an annual tax on the value of your vehicle, while others charge different rates depending on your city. Vehicle property tax for each state is reviewed.

Cents per mile were calculated using this method. Cents per mile = Total Gas price/ Avg miles driven in the USA

Number of gallons needed were calculated using this method. Number of gallons needed = Miles driven per licensed driver /27. According to Mechanic Base the average new car gets 27 miles per gallon combined. [17] Mechanic Base - How Many Miles Per Gallon of Gas? https://mechanicbase.com/cars/how-many-miles-per-gallon-of-gas/

Total gas prices were calculated using this method. Total gas price = gasoline (1 Gallon) * Number of gallons needed.

Sales Tax rates by state were collected from Find The Best Car Price. [18] Find The Best Car Price - Car Sales Tax By State https://www.findthebestcarprice.com/car-sales-tax-by-state/#Car_Sales_Tax_by_State The minimum sales tax varies from state to state. Some have no sales tax, while some states have high sales tax rates above 10%. The amount you pay in sales tax will depend on where the car is registered, not where it was purchased.

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