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Survey says D.C. is the worst city for drivers — which will not surprise anyone who lives here

Traffic crawls along the Capital Beltway during rush hour, in Greenbelt, Md. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)

As if there weren’t enough bad news for Washington commuters dealing with Metro’s meltdown this summer, the nation’s capital has been ranked the worst city in the United States for drivers in 2016, according to WalletHub.

The financial services website — which apparently spends a lot of time ranking stuff  — says that to compile its 2016 rankings, its whizzes crunched a bunch of data that included average gas prices, vehicle costs, car thefts, time spent in traffic, weather, and the number of car washes [?]. In all, the website used 21 different metrics.

Into the blender those went, and out came Washington as number 100 on an overall ranking of the 100 most populated cities.

Source: WalletHub

Dragging down D.C.’s score was the city’s rank among those with the highest parking costs, highest accident rates relative to the national average, highest average of annual traffic delays, and fewest number of repair shops per capita.

The best the city could do — No. 86 in the rankings — was in the category of automotive maintenance. Its worst ranking by category (97th) was in auto safety, which factors in things such as car theft and accident rates.

But, hey, take it with a dose of skepticism, as with all of these rankings — especially when you consider that Scottsdale, Ariz. walked away with the top prize. Is that even a city?
Here are the website’s lists:

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