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The decision to move to a different state can be exciting and fulfilling, especially if you’ve done your homework and researched your destination well.

And if you can’t stand the thought of getting stuck in traffic, mingling with unsafe drivers, or you perhaps suffer from driving anxiety, this piece is for you.

Regardless of the reasons you hate driving, you’re not alone. Read on a rundown of some of the best states to consider moving to for a driving-free lifestyle.

Best US States to Live in If You Hate Driving

1. Massachusetts

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An East Coast classic, Massachusetts is ideal for those who hate driving. As a matter of fact, it’s been repeatedly ranked as one of the best US states to move to, thanks to among other things, its favorable cost of living, median rent, household income, and home prices.

With bustling cities like Boston that boast an excellent public transit system and many walkable areas, you’ll have little to worry about when it comes to your commute.

From Cambridge to Salem, cozy communities, historic downtowns, and plenty of amenities are all just a short distance away.

2. Oregon

Oregon is another fabulous state you can consider calling home if driving isn’t your cup of tea.

Being home to many walkable cities like Portland, Eugene, and Corvallis, you won’t have to worry about being stuck in traffic jams on your way home from work or school.

According to a past US News post by Matthew Bandyk, the average commute time in Portland is just a little over 20 minutes.

Most of the cities in the state boast great public transportation systems as well as plenty of amenities within easy walking distance – everything from coffee shops to bookstores!

And if that isn’t tempting enough, they also offer stunning views of the Pacific Ocean and the Cascade Mountains!

3. Washington (D.C.)

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Washington D.C. is the perfect state for someone who hates driving! With a great Metro system and many walkable areas, getting around in the city will be an ease.

Plus, you’ll get to experience all that D.C. has to offer, from world-renowned museums, iconic monuments, and other attractions to excellent amenities such as restaurants, cafés, and boutiques – all within easy access from home or work by foot or train!

The cherry on top? You’ll even catch glimpses of national landmarks like the White House or Lincoln Memorial during your daily commutes!

4. Colorado

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The Mile-High City, Denver in particular, is an ideal place to call home if you feel uncomfortable behind the wheel. Its extensive public transit systems make navigating around town a breeze.

Many of its neighborhoods are also densely populated with restaurants, coffee shops, and other amenities that you can pop into at any time without having to drive.

On top of that, Denver offers beautiful mountain views to enjoy on your commutes, not to mention world-class ski resorts for weekend getaways. Just remember your skis so as not to rely too much on a car.

5. New York State

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Living car-free may even be possible in one of the most populous states in the U.S.! Both upstate and downstate, New York offers many cities, big and small, that have great public transportation networks as well as amenities within walking distance.

From Manhattan to Buffalo, Albany to Rochester, you’ll find plenty of places to call home without sacrificing convenient access across a variety of locations. You won’t have to miss all the exciting attractions that NYC has to offer either!

6. Minnesota

Residents of the Land of 10,000 Lakes don’t need a car to explore all the amazing things this awe-inspiring region has to offer! Major cities like Minneapolis and St. Paul boast great public transportation systems, with plenty of dazzling amenities close by, from galleries, restaurants, cafes, and markets.

This is not to forget stunning riverside trails that are perfect for biking or walking in during warmer months. Plus you’re going to get access to some of the most gorgeous lakes and parks while living here without having to drive!

From the bustling cities of Boston and Portland to DC’s historic monuments, there are plenty of options for those looking to move away from reliance on cars.

Whatever you choose – think walkability first and convenience second – because, after all, who wants to be stuck in traffic all morning?

Megan is an Australian Journalist and award-winning travel writer who has been blogging since 2007. Her husband Mike is the American naturalist and wildlife photographer behind Waking Up Wild; an online magazine dedicated to opening your eyes to the wonders of the wild & natural world.

Having visited 50+ countries across all seven continents, Megan’s travels focus on cultural immersion, authentic discovery and incredible journeys. She has a strong passion for ecotourism, and aims to promote responsible travel experiences.



  1. I’d say that NYC is the best place in the USA to live if you wish not to drive. Public transport is fabulous. Upstate NY is a huge forest so owning a car is the only way to get around. But NYC is easy to traverse with walking, subways and buses.

    • Public transport really is fabulous, was so easy for me to figure out as a newbie tourist!

  2. We really do have beautiful scenery on our walking paths. Also here in Springfield and Eugene we have many bike paths to get around. As does most of the state. Goooo Ducks!!!!

    • Thanks for sharing! There’s so much to be gained from walking and so many beautiful areas :)

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