New WalletHub Study Reveals the Best and Worst States for Teen Drivers in the U.S.

A new study by WalletHub, a company that offers personal finance tools, reveals the best and worst states for some of the most vulnerable drivers on the road—teen drivers. Based on crash data, teens are at the highest risk for motor vehicle accidents, which are the second leading cause of death among 16 to 19-year-olds.

To come up with the list of the best states for teen drivers, WalletHub analyzed 23 relevant metrics that fall into three categories - safety, economic environment ad driving laws - and graded them with each category being worth a certain number of points. The highest available total score, 100, gave the most favorable condition for a teen driver. The population was also considered.

States from the northeastern U.S. dominated the list's top 10 with New York taking the crown followed by Connecticut (third), Massachusetts (fifth), Maryland (ninth) and New Jersey (tenth). The northwestern portion of the country also performed well seeing Oregon, Washington, and Alaska earn spots in the top quarter of the list.

Some of America's most rural states performed the worst with Montana, South Dakota, Idaho and Wyoming making up the bottom of the list.

The safest states for teen drivers according to the survey are New York, New Jersey and Alaska, coming in first, second and third respectively. New York also ranked first in driving laws with New Jersey and Alaska taking second and third place.

The study also revealed that it's cheapest to add a teen driver to an insurance policy in Hawaii and the most costly in New Jersey. North Dakota has the fewest teen driver fatalities per teen population while Wyoming has the most.

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A new study revealed that teenage drivers are at the highest risk for car crashes. Thomas Barwick/Getty Images

Illinois and Massachusetts see the fewest number of teens charged with driving under the influence (DUI) per their teen population. Montana, Wyoming and South Dakota have the most teen DUI arrests.

It costs less to repair vehicles in Vermont, Ohio and Wisconsin than in the other 50 states. New Jersey, California and Georgia residents have to pay out for the most costly repairs.

Scroll down to see the full results, ranked from best to worst.

  1. New York
  2. Oregon
  3. Connecticut
  4. Alaska
  5. Massachusetts
  6. Michigan
  7. Minnesota
  8. Texas
  9. Maryland
  10. New Jersey
  11. Washington
  12. Illinois
  13. Maine
  14. Ohio
  15. Florida
  16. Kentucky
  17. North Carolina
  18. Oklahoma
  19. Deleware
  20. Rhode Island
  21. North Dakota
  22. Louisiana
  23. Hawaii
  24. Pennsylvania
  25. Wisconsin
  26. West Virginia
  27. Georgia
  28. Virginia
  29. Kansas
  30. Iowa
  31. Utah
  32. Tennessee
  33. Vermont
  34. New Mexico
  35. California
  36. Indiana
  37. Arizona
  38. Colorado
  39. Nevada
  40. Alabama
  41. South Carolina
  42. New Hampshire
  43. Arkansas
  44. Nebraska
  45. Mississippi
  46. Missouri
  47. Montana
  48. South Dakota
  49. Idaho
  50. Wyoming

The study did not include the District of Columbia in its research.

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