According to Sperling’s Best Places via the Gwinnett Daily Post:
LAWRENCEVILLE – Metro Atlanta is the most expensive place in the nation for commuters, according to a research firm that studies the “livability” of U.S. cities. Because the region’s sprawl leads to longer commute distances, a family with two workers can expect to pay $5,772 a year for regular-grade gasoline, according to Sperling’s BestPlaces.
Birmingham, Ala.; Orlando, Fla.; Jacksonville, Fla.; and Pensacola, Fla., round out the top five. Wide-ranging growth is what’s putting a dent in driver’s pocketbooks, said the Portland, Ore.-based company’s president, James Sperling. “Basically it’s the number of miles that people drive on a regular basis and the price of gas,” Sperling said.
Despite this horrific news, Atlanta remains the 7th best place to live according to Sperling’s.