Metro Atlanta is home to above-average unemployment and foreclosures.
Now, you can add another unwanted distinction to the list — we’re the nation’s third-worst area for gas guzzling at a time of high pump prices, Forbes reports.
The average Atlanta household drives 21,300 miles a year, using 1050 gallons of gas, Forbes writes. At $4 a gallon, that’s $4,200.
We burn 35 gallons of gas a year sitting in traffic jams, according to the Texas Transportation Institute’s 2010 Urban Mobility Report.
Metro Atlanta follows just two North Carolina areas — Raleigh-Durham-Chapel-Hill and Charlotte — for the top spots in gas guzzling, Forbes reports.
Forbes asked the Center For Neighborhood Technology, a think tank in Chicago, to come up with the numbers. It’s not enough to look at where gas prices are highest — what matters most is how many miles you drive, Forbes writes. The methodology utilizes data gathered by federal and state surveys that come from the odometers of thousands of cars nationwide. Excluded are the miles driven by trucks, buses and travelers just passing through on the highway.
The Research Triangle area of North Carolina is No. 1 because the cities and suburbs are close enough that people don’t think twice about driving from one place to the other, Forbes explained.
On the flip side, the Los Angeles area is not a guzzler, but a gas miser, Forbes reports. That’s because residents of centrally located areas of L.A. don’t have that far to drive to get to work or the beach. As a result, the L.A.-Long Beach area ranks second among the cities that use the least gasoline, Forbes writes.
New York ranks first as a gas miser because of its extensive subway system.
America’s biggest gas-guzzling metro areas
1. Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill
2. Charlotte-Gastonia-Rock Hill
5. Monmouth-Ocean Counties, NJ
6. Greensboro-Winston Salem
7. Middlesex-Somerset-Hunterdon, NJ
9. Washington, D.C.
10. Riverside-San Bernardino
- Henry Unger, The Biz Beat
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