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Oregon Ranked #1 in Country for Road Trips

Monday, June 20, 2016

 

Oregon ranks number 1 in the counter for best road trip states, according to a recent study done by WalletHub. 

Oregon ranks 40th for driving and lodging cots, 5th for road conditions and safety and 2nd for fun and scenic attractions. 

According to WalletHub, Oregon also has the 3rd most scenic byways. 

The Rankings 

Following Oregon is Nevada, Utah, North Carolina and Minnesota at 2 thru 5 respectively. 

Connecticut ranks last. 

For the full rankings see the map below. 

Source: WalletHub

 

The Method 

In order to find the most road trip friendly destinations in the country, WalletHub compared the 50 states across three equally weighted dimensions including driving and lodging costs, road conditions and safety and fun and scenic attractions. 

The categories are made p of a total of 21 relevant metrics and each metric was scored on a 0 to 100 point scale with 100 corresponding to the most favorable conditions for summer road trips. 

WalletHub then calculated the overall score for each state using the weighted average across all metrics and ranked the states accordingly. 

Driving & Lodging Costs – Total Points: 33.33

  • Average Gas Prices: Full Weight (~5.13 Points)
  • Maximum Toll Costs: Full Weight (~5.13 Points)
  • Average Cost of Car Repairs: Half Weight (~2.56 Points)
  • Lowest Price of Three-Star Hotel: Full Weight (~5.13 Points)
  • Lowest Price of Camping: Full Weight (~5.13 Points)
  • Number of Lodging Units (campgrounds, hostels, condominiums, villas, lodges) per 100,000 Residents: Full Weight (~5.13 Points)
  • Cost of Living Index: Full Weight (~5.13 Points)

Road Conditions & Safety – Total Points: 33.33

  • Vehicle Miles Traveled per Capita: Full Weight (~3.60 Points)
  • Population Density: Full Weight (~3.60 Points)
  • Driving Laws Rating: Full Weight (~3.60 Points)
  • Quality of Roads: Full Weight (~3.60 Points)
  • Quality of Bridges: Quarter Weight (~0.90 Points)
  • Number of Fatalities per 100 Million Vehicle Miles Traveled: Triple Weight (~10.81 Points)
  • Number of Car Thefts per 1,000 Residents: Full Weight (~3.60 Points)
  • Violent Crime Rate per 1,000 Residents: Full Weight (~3.60 Points)

Fun & Scenic Attractions – Total Points: 33.33

  • National Park Units per 100,000 Square Mile: Full Weight (~3.70 Points)
  • Number of Attractions (nightlife options excluded): Double Weight (~7.41 Points)
  • Number of Nightlife Options per 100,000 Residents: Full Weight (~3.70 Points)
  • Number of Scenic Byways: Triple Weight (~11.11 Points)
  • WalletHub “Summer Weather” Ranking: Full Weight (~3.70 Points)
  • Accommodation and Food Services Establishments per 1,000 Residents: Full Weight (~3.70 Points)
 

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