5 of the most expensive states to drive

No. 3: Wyoming
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Wyoming has the smallest population in the U.S. while being the 10th-biggest state. As one can imagine, life is a little more spread out there.

Wyoming residents bear a total car ownership cost of $3,938 and drive farther than anyone else in the country. In 2010, the Cowboy State clocked in at 16,948 vehicle miles traveled per person -- the national average was 9,590 vehicle miles traveled per person.

Those long commutes mean drivers need more gasoline and pay for more repairs. And, to top it off, Wyoming charges car owners relatively high taxes and fees. The estimated annual cost of $1,341 in taxes and fees is the 12th-highest in the country.

Sources:; the National Association of Insurance Commissioners;; Kelley Blue Book; the Oil Price Information Service; and the Bureau of Transportation Statistics. The information contained in our index is accurate through 2012 with the exception of insurance data, which is accurate through 2010. All data are subject to change.


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