Best Drivers by State and City

A state or city’s average weather and nightlife activities are useful to know before traveling. But what about the quality of its drivers? This data is available as a city’s average years between collisions. More years between car crashes indicate better drivers. Yet, the range of years between accidents in the U.S.’s most populated cities is as wide as the open road.

For example, a driver in the worst city gets in a car accident once every 4.19 years, on average. Compared to the U.S.’s national average (one accident every 10.57 years), that’s pretty bad. On the other hand, some cities have average car crash frequencies closer to just once every 14.95 years. If you could decide whether to get in a car accident once every 4.19 years or once every 14.95 years, which would you choose? It all comes down to which U.S. states and cities are home to the best drivers (on average) versus the places that should consider mandating monthly driver’s ed.

View Best and Worst Drivers in a full screen map

The driving data of 200 U.S. cities used to create the map was obtained from Allstate’s 2019 best drivers report. The report took into account accident claims from major U.S. cities and compared them to the national average (one accident every 10.57 years). The map can help help you steer clear of the cities with the worst drivers, but let’s first draw attention to some of the best.

10 Cities With the Best Drivers

Out of the 200 cities on the map, 10 stand out. These cities are where drivers go longer between car crashes than the national average (10.57 years) and any other city in the nation. The more years between car accidents, the better the average driver, so the following 10 cities must be the best in the country:

  1. Brownsville, Texas (14.95 years)
  2. Boise, Idaho (13.65 years)
  3. Huntsville, Alabama (13.39 years)
  4. Kansas City, Kansas (13.21 years)
  5. Laredo, Texas (13.02 years)
  6. Olathe, Kansas (12.66 years)
  7. Fort Collins, Colorado (12.6 years)
  8. Overland Park, Kansas (12.44 years)
  9. McAllen, Texas (12.42 years)
  10. Cape Coral, Florida (12.24 years)

Brownsville, Texas’s place as the #1 city with the best drivers is unquestionable for two reasons. First, Brownsvillians only get into accidents every 14.95 years. That’s 4.38 years longer between accidents than the national average. It’s also an entire 1.3 years longer between collisions than even the next best city. Secondly, Brownsville held the first place spot two years in a row. That’s right, Brownsville was also the #1 best driving city in 2018. Plus, it ranked at #2 back in 2017. No one can deny that Brownsville is home to some of the nation’s best drivers.

The second best driving city is Boise, Idaho. Drivers in this city only get in accidents every 13.65 years, on average. Boise moved up to #2 from third place the year prior. Kansas City (the current #4) may not be too happy about that seeing as Kansas City used to be #2. The city is now relegated to fourth place with drivers crashing every 13.21 years, on average.

Like Kansas City, there are other cities hovering around the top 10 that were bumped up or down in 2019. None may be as bummed about their placement as Madison, Wisconsin (#11). Madison dropped several spots from 2018 to 2019. Previously #5, the city narrowly missed the top 10 in 2019 as its residents collide on average every 12.18 years. It should be noted though that drivers in Madison still go much longer between crashes when compared to the national average of 10.57 years. The only other member of 2018’s top 10 to fall in the ranks in 2019 is Cape Coral, Florida. Previously #8, Cape Coral still resides in the top 10 in 2019.

On the other hand, Olathe, Kansas, which was #11 in 2018, rose five spots in 2019, easily making the top 10. It’s drivers get in accidents every 12.66 years, on average. Similarly, Overland Park, Kansas, which ranked at #13 in 2018, also rose up five spots to make it to #8. To discover how your city ranks, use the search bar on the map.

Now, if you were to adjust for factors like population density and rainfall totals by city, you’d end up with a different top ten. Group the map by these categories (“Ranking Standardized for Population Density” or “Ranking Standardized for Annual Precipitation”) to see how Brownsville and Boise fare when these are factored in.

Overall, the top 10 is comprised of one city from Idaho, Alabama, Colorado, and Florida. Kansas and Texas are then home to three top driving cities each (including Laredo, Texas, which is also the U.S. city with the most twin towns and sister cities. That means 60% of the top 10 are from one of two states. Does that make Kansas and Texas the safest states to drive? Let’s find out.

Safest States to Drive in the U.S.

Photo of Brownsville, Texas drivers by De88

Americans get into car accidents once every 10.57 years on average. However, some states are home to several cities that go longer between collisions. We zeroed in on the cities doing better than the national average and identified the states where many of these cities are located.

Arizona is home to the most cities with better than average collision frequencies: six. These include Scottsdale and Mesa (years between collisions of 11.63 and 11.6, respectively), Chandler (11.21 years), Peoria (10.84), Tucson (10.75), and Gilbert (10.75). Texas is also where five cities with better than average collision frequency are located. The #1-ranking Brownsville (14.95 years between collisions) is in good company with Laredo (13.02 years), McAllen (12.42), Corpus Christi (11.53), and Amarillo (11.49).

Other notable states with plenty of safe cities to drive in are Kansas and Colorado; each have four cities where drivers go longer between collisions than the national average. Three cities each in Alabama, Florida, and North Carolina are also better than average. Tennessee, Missouri, and Nebraska each have two better than average cities while Nevada, Alaska, Kentucky, Illinois, Oregon, Indiana, Iowa, and Ohio have one each.

Biggest Safe Driving Changes Overtime

While the following cities may not be in the top 10 of best drivers nor be located in one of the safest states, they are pressing on the gas to rise in the ranks of best drivers. On the other hand, some cities are crashing and burning in the ranks.

Cities that took a slight detour in the best driving ranks include multiple cities in California, namely Pomona, Escondido, Fresno, and Elk Grove. Pomona previously ranked as the 112th best driving city but in 2019, the city dropped 38 points and now sits at #150. Both Escondido (previously #98) and Fresno (previously #117) saw a 25 point-difference in their rankings for 2019. Escondido’s rank in 2019 is #123 while Fresno is at #142. Elk Grove was #81 in 2018 but resides at #104 on 2019’s list, a 23 point drop.

On a more positive note, there were also many cities that rose in the ranks in 2019. For example, Little Rock, Arkansas sat at #158 on the list of America’s best drivers in 2018. But this year, Little Rock earned the #112 spot. Vancouver, Washington also rose through the ranks from #151 to #114 while Syracuse, New York cracked the top 100, going from #121 in 2018 to #85 in 2019.

Cities With Bad Drivers

We’ve focused on the 10 cities with the best drivers, the safest states in which to drive, and the places that rose in the ranks or took a slight tumble in 2019. Now it’s time to note the cities with the bad drivers. But you better watch out, they’re coming in fast (and likely without a turn signal).

  1. Baltimore, Maryland (4.19 years)
  2. Washington, District of Columbia (4.36 years)
  3. Boston, Massachusetts (4.89 years)
  4. Worcester, Massachusetts (5.14 years)
  5. Glendale, California (5.31 years)
  6. Los Angeles, California (5.81 years)
  7. Springfield, Massachusetts (5.82 years)
  8. Providence, Rhode Island (6.19 years)
  9. Alexandria, Virginia (6.22 years)
  10. Oakland, California (6.31 years)

Coming in dead last are the drivers of Baltimore, Maryland. These speed racers get into accidents more frequently (every 4.19 years, on average) than any other city in the U.S. Not only was Baltimore ranked last in 2019, but the city was in the same spot in 2018. Safe to say drivers in Baltimore can expect to swerve quite often.

Washington, D.C. drivers also frequently collide: every 4.36 years on average, to be exact. Three Massachusetts cities face similarly increased rates of crashing: Boston, Worcester, and Springfield. Drivers in these places must ask themselves why there are so many bad drivers daily. To learn more about the rest of America’s bad drivers, including the three cities in California in the bottom ten, sort the map by “Average Years Between Collisions” and select the two lowest ranges: “4.36-4.19” and “7.33-4.89”.

We can’t wait to see which U.S. city rises in the ranks or drops a point or two next year. In the meantime, you can plan your road trip of Route 66 and the historic locations you can still find or make your own map with BatchGeo today.

How to Share Your Maps on Social Media

There are many custom maps you can make online, such as a neighborhood garage sale map or even a Google Maps store locator without code. While maps made for your eyes only can be helpful, they become even more powerful tools when shared. Whether you want to share your custom maps on social media via the web or on a mobile device, it’s easy to do with BatchGeo. Just obtain an image of your map—a screenshot or the high-resolution file you get with BatchGeo Pro will suffice.

Once you have your image, you’ll want to ensure it fits the ideal dimensions of your preferred social media platforms (we cover the sizing requirements below). Then, you’re ready to share the image of your map and the link to your website or map with your friends and fans on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter.

The top social media platforms don’t permit users to embed HTML within posts. This means that when you share your maps on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter, users won’t be able to interact with your map the same way they can when they see it on BatchGeo or embedded in your website. While we check in with Mark Zukerberg and co. about this, you have several options to get your location data in front of friends and followers on the world’s largest social media platforms through the use of image posts. Your options include taking a screenshot of your map or downloading a high-resolution PNG image (a BatchGeo Pro feature).

Take a Screenshot of Your Map

The first way to get an image of your map suitable to share on social media is also the most customizable: take a screenshot of your map. Use the built-in screenshot feature of your computer to grab a portion of your screen: Windows + Shift + S on Windows 10 or Command + Shift + 4 on Mac. On Windows, you’ll be directed to the Snipping Tool or the newer Snip & Sketch. On Mac, you’ll need to drag the crosshairs cursor across the area of the map you wish the include in your screenshot. Once you have your desired area covered, simply let go of your mouse to take your screenshot.

You can also take a screenshot of your map via your Android or Apple smartphone. On an iPhone 8 or earlier, press the Top or Side button and the Home button at the same time and quickly release both buttons. On an iPhone X or later, press the Side button and the Volume up button at the same time and quickly release both buttons. For any Android phone, locate your device here to learn how to take a screenshot.

Taking a screenshot of a specific area on your map—whether on a computer or mobile device—allows you to control and customize the area of your map you’d like to share. You can zoom in and out of BatchGeo maps on both a web browser or mobile device. You may choose to zoom in on one location, making it the focal point of your image, or zoom out to capture your map as a whole.

Download BatchGeo Pro’s High-Resolution PNG Image

The second way to get an image of your map to share on social media is by utilizing a BatchGeo Pro high resolution, printable PDF or PNG file. To make use of this feature, right-click on your map within the BatchGeo web browser. Click Export PDF / Image and select PNG Image and High Res 11” x 17” Printout. A clear, high-quality PNG image of your map will be downloaded on your computer. You either can upload the image from your computer into a social media post via a web browser or, if you’d like to do so on a mobile device, send the image to your phone and upload accordingly.

Resize Your Images to Look Their Best

Each of the three top social media platforms has their own ideal sizing dimensions when it comes to sharing images. We’ll list the specifics for each platform below so that you can adjust your screenshot or high-res image to fit those dimensions. Another option is to use a tool like Sprout Social’s free Social Media Image Resizer to ensure your social media posts always look their best.

Ideal Image Sizing for Facebook

Facebook’s ideal image dimensions are 1,200 pixels wide and 630 pixels tall. Once you have resized your photo, select Photo/Video on your Facebook feed and select the image. To share an image via the Facebook mobile app, send the optimally-sized image from your computer to your phone. Then, open up the Facebook mobile app and upload the image.

Whether you plan to share a screenshot of your map or the high-res image BatchGeo Pro provides, be sure to include a status that links back to your own website or map so users can easily click over to the interactive version.

Instagram’s Ideal Image Sizes

Instagram users expect high-quality images when browsing on the app. We can use the same methods we used to obtain a screenshot of your map or use BatchGeo Pro to download an automatic high-resolution, printable PNG image. You’ll just need to adjust the dimensions before you share your map in an Instagram story or post.

Instagram Story

The ideal dimensions for sharing a map in an Instagram story are 1,080 x 1,920 pixels. You can manually edit your screenshot or high-res image to fit those dimensions, or you can use a social media image resizer tool. Once you have the image of your map in the correct size, send it to your phone. To add it to your Instagram story, click the Camera button on the top left corner of Instagram and select it from your camera roll.

Of course, as with Facebook, it’s important to share your image with a link to either your website or to the map itself so users can view the interactive version. As Instagram only allows you to post direct links in your stories if you have over 10,000 followers or you’re a verified user, you can add the link to your bio (which is clickable for everyone) and point users there for easy navigation.

Instagram Post

Instagram posts have different ideal dimensions than their story counterparts. To share an optimal-sized screenshot or high-res image of your map in an Instagram post:

  1. Adjust the size to be 1,080 x 1,080 pixels for a square photo, 1,080 x 566 pixels for a horizontal image, or 1,080 x 1,350 pixels for a vertical post
  2. Or, upload the image to a social media image resizer
  3. Then, share the image to your phone and post it on Instagram by clicking at the bottom of the screen → Library (iOS) or Gallery (Android) at the bottom of the screen and select the photo of your map you’d like to share
  4. Add a hashtag or two, such as #batchgeo just like these other BatchGeo users did.

Once again, it’s always important to share a link either to your website or to the map itself so users can view the interactive version of your map’s image. Yet, Instagram also prevents clickable links in your captions. Stick it in your bio instead and let your followers know you did so.

Ideal Image Sizing for Twitter

To share your map on Twitter, use a screenshot, or high-res image. Ensure the image will look it’s best on Twitter’s platform by re-sizing it to Twitter’s recommended size dimensions of 1024 x 512 pixels. Then, upload your image using Twitter in your web browser or on your mobile device.

It’s time to share your maps with friends or fans use either using a screenshot or the printable, high-res images you get with BatchGeo Pro. Share to Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Tumblr, or even Pinterest using the same methods as described above: obtain a screenshot or high-quality image and post to the social media platform with a link to your website or map. Knowing the right dimensions for each platform, or letting an online tool do it for you, will ensure your personal or business social media profile looks great 100% of the time you share your maps.

Rainfall Totals by City

For those who like the wind, the best place to live would be Chicago, also known as the Windy City. Those of us who enjoy basking in nature’s greenery should be visiting the Emerald City of Seattle at least twice a year. And those who like fruit? Perhaps the Big Apple of New York City.

But where are rain-lovers (or haters) supposed to go? Perhaps those who love it should move to Portland, Oregon whereas those who hate the rain should steer clear of cities in the Pacific Northwest altogether. But is what immediately comes to mind when we think of cities and rain true? Do cities in the PNW actually get the most rainfall? As a map of the rainfall total by city shows us, maybe not. Prepare to be stupefied by which U.S. city gets the most rainfall, the place that gets the least, the rainiest region of the country, and the months of the year that see the most rainfall. We’ve got all the rainfall data you cirrus-ly seek.

View Rainfall Totals by City in a full screen map

The map depicts rainfall data of 282 cities like the rainfall totals of Kansas City, Iowa city rainfall, and the annual rainfall of New York City between 1981 and 2010. The precipitation data is from the National Centers for Environmental Information or NOAA. Precipitation, in this case, indicates “the liquid water equivalent of snowfall” and is in inches.

Which U.S. City Gets the Most Rainfall?

Of the rainfall rates of 282 cities in the U.S., Puerto Rico, and the Pacific Islands you can explore on the map, one stands out. The U.S. city that gets the most rainfall is the non-continental U.S. island of Pohnpei. Pohnpei is one of the Senyavin Islands, which is part of the Caroline Islands. It received an average of 181.22 inches of rain yearly between 1981-2010. Pohnpei tends to receive the most rain throughout May (18.35 inches). It’s least rainy month, February still receives 10.02 inches of rain, which is more than many cities receive in an entire year.

Pohnpei’s rain clouds clearly work in overdrive as the island even receives 24 inches more than the second rainiest place: Hilo, Hawaii. Learn more about Hilo and the other places in and near the U.S. that receive lots of rain on the table below.

HILO HI 156.79
KOROR PC 147.64

Note that the first (and only) city to appear on the list of top ten rainiest places located in the continental U.S. is Quillayute, Washington. Fans of the Twilight saga may be familiar with this city as the Quileute tribe of werewolves were often seen running in the rain. At least Twilight portrayed accurate meteorology.

Which U.S. City Gets the Least Rainfall?

Pohnpei, Hilo, and Quillayute may receive nearly unbelievable levels of rain, but Yuma, Arizona, may be the most impressive place on the map. The city received an average of zero inches of rain throughout all twelve months of the year, from 1981-2010. Other uber-dry cities include Barrow, Arkansas, which you can see on the table below.


The table contains three cities in Arizona with less than nine inches of rain yearly, two cities in California and Nevada, and one city in Arkansas, Colorado, and Washington. Yakima, Washington’s presence on the least rainy list may be shocking as we just finished telling you about how Quillayute, Washington is the first (and only) city to appear on the list of top ten rainiest places in the continental U.S.

What the Map Tells Us: The Rainiest Region

As is often the case, a map allows us to visually identify trends in data that may not be possible to pinpoint in an Excel spreadsheet. The map is grouped by the average annual rainfall of each of the 282 places in the U.S., Puerto Rico, and the Pacific Islands. Looking at the overall map, we can see that the southeastern United States appears to receive more inches of rain than the much dryer West. Let’s narrow down the rainiest region by selecting different ranges of the average annual rainfall.

When selecting the largest range (181.22-51.03), we see the majority of markers are located in the non-continental U.S. or down South. Just one city in both Oregon and Washington, along with one city each in Massachusetts and New Hampshire give us northern representation in the continental U.S. for the largest rain range. Several cities in Texas, Florida, and the entire South seem to be rainier than most cities in Oregon and Washington.

Let’s continue adding additional ranges, such as the next largest (50.95-43.21). We see a similar geographical pattern; cities in the northeast and midwest regions of the U.S. don’t pop up until you get to the 43.08-37.72 range. As we veer into 37.57 inches and below, we just start to see Western representation. A majority of Western cities see under 27.74 inches of rain per year, as compared to a majority of the southeast, which is by far the rainiest region with an upwards of 51.03 inches per year.

Mark Your Calendars For the Rainiest Months of the Year

The map’s default grouping is annual precipitation in inches, but we can see the other groupable categories by clicking the dropdown arrow in the bottom lefthand corner of the map. We’re curious about the truth behind common phrases like “June Gloom” and “April showers bring May flowers.”

When averaged, the month of June is typically the rainiest month of the year. The average June rainfall of all of the 282 cities is 3.55 inches. Compare that to February, which typically sees the least rain of the year with just over 2.55 inches. That’s an entire inch difference.

Here is the exact order of the rainiest months of the year:

  • June (3.55 inches)
  • July (3.50 inches)
  • August (3.43 inches)
  • September (3.41 inches)
  • May (3.32 inches)
  • October (3.21 inches)
  • November (3.18 inches)
  • December (3.10 inches)
  • April (2.93 inches)
  • January (2.78 inches)
  • February (2.56 inches)

While Southern California’s “June Gloom” was proven true, May tends to bring even more rain than April, which debunks “April showers bring May flowers.”

So, what’ll it be: the island of Pohnpei — or any of the Caroline Islands for that matter — or Yuma, Arizona? While you ponder that, see how you can put your own Excel data on the map:

You can use our free mapping tool to visualize the locations in your Excel data.