This State Has the Rudest Drivers in the U.S.

Sarah Crow
·3 mins read

Everyone's had their less-than-stellar moments behind the wheel, whether you're honking impatiently at someone who hasn't noticed that the light's turned green or gesturing in a decidedly impolite way at a fellow driver. And while you might have your guesses about where in the U.S. you're apt to find a particularly impolite brand of road warrior, a new study reveals that there's one state in particular where you'll find the rudest drivers on the road. Spoiler alert: It's not New York or New Jersey.

A 2020 study from car insurance website Insurify analyzed a database of more than 2.5 million car insurance applications, tabulating disclosures from the applicants regarding failure to yield violations, failure to stop violations, tailgating, passing where prohibited, improper backing, street racing, and hit-and-run accidents. The data scientists measured the number of applicants guilty of at least one of these violations in areas with more than 50,000 residents, and cities with the largest number of drivers with one or more of these infractions were ranked as ruder than those with fewer violators.

The researchers found that, on average, 23.1 of every 1,000 U.S. drivers have been cited for one of these rude behaviors on the road. They also took into account factors like the number of police officers in each location, noting that having more law enforcement officers in a specific city didn't actually increase the per capita number of rude driving infractions.

So, which state had the rudest drivers overall? Well, looking at Insurify's findings by city, it's clear Virginia has the rudest drivers, with nine of the state's cities making the company's 20-city list. But another state wasn't too far behind with four cities in the top 20. Wondering if your area made the list? Read on to discover where you'll find the rudest drivers in the U.S. And for some other states where the sun doesn't seem to shine, check out This Is the Unfriendliest State in the U.S.

20

Dayton, Ohio

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social distancing sign in dayton ohio

Rude drivers per 1,000 residents: 40.6

And if you're worried about your safety, This Is the Most Dangerous State in the U.S.

19

Virginia Beach, Virginia

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virginia beach virginia

Rude drivers per 1,000 residents: 40.9

18

Manchester, New Hampshire

Manchester is the largest city in the state of New Hampshire and the largest city in northern New England. Manchester is known for its industrial heritage, riverside mills, affordability, and arts & cultural destination.
Manchester is the largest city in the state of New Hampshire and the largest city in northern New England. Manchester is known for its industrial heritage, riverside mills, affordability, and arts & cultural destination.

Rude drivers per 1,000 residents: 43.5

17

Newport News, Virginia

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wooden bridge and beach in newport news, virginia

Rude drivers per 1,000 residents: 43.7

16

Richmond, Virginia

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Richmond Virgina

Rude drivers per 1,000 residents: 44.8

And if you're looking for a pristine travel destination, you won't find one in The Dirtiest State in the U.S.

15

Athens, Georgia

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athens georgia skyline

Rude drivers per 1,000 residents: 45.0

14

Jamaica, New York

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city street in jamaica queens

Rude drivers per 1,000 residents: 45.1

And if you're looking for a fun destination for your next road trip, steer clear of The Most Boring State in the U.S.

13

Racine, Wisconsin

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downtown racine, WI

Rude drivers per 1,000 residents: 45.1

12

Hampton, Virginia

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beach in hampton, virginia

Rude drivers per 1,000 residents: 45.5

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11

Idaho Falls, Idaho

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snake river at idaho falls

Rude drivers per 1,000 residents: 45.5

10

Ashburn, Virginia

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lake in ashburn virginia

Rude drivers per 1,000 residents: 45.7

9

Greeley, Colorado

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courthouse in greeley colorado

Rude drivers per 1,000 residents: 45.9

8

Boise, Idaho

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boise idaho

Rude drivers per 1,000 residents: 46.3

7

Logan, Utah

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aerial view of logan utah

Rude drivers per 1,000 residents: 46.5

6

Woodbridge, Virginia

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state park woodbridge virginia

Rude drivers per 1,000 residents: 47.0

5

Roanoke, Virginia

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roanoke virginia skyline

Rude drivers per 1,000 residents: 48.1

4

Portsmouth, Virginia

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porsmouth virginia historic homes

Rude drivers per 1,000 residents: 50.9

3

Alexandria, Virginia

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old town alexandria row of homes, useless facts

Rude drivers per 1,000 residents: 52.8

2

Caldwell, Idaho

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public park in caldwell, idaho

Rude drivers per 1,000 residents: 53.8

1

Pocatello, Idaho

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street scene in downtown pocatello idaho

Rude drivers per 1,000 residents: 58.4

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