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The USA's Most Expensive (and Cheapest) Cities for Rental Cars

Every now and then, the rental car booking site CheapCarRental.net aggregates the price quotes it's been seeing and comes up with a list of the best and worst American cities for affordable car rentals.

The last time the site released a survey, in June, Cincinnati and Cleveland were found to have the most expensive rentals. 

Now that we're deep in the summer travel season, new towns have emerged to seize that dubious title. 

The survey canvassed 50 of the most popular U.S. destinations for prices for a week's rental, and found that—no surprise—prices are significantly cheaper this summer than in 2019. Quotes across the board are down about 15% from what they were last year at this time, although some cities, such as Boston and Seattle, have seen prices plunge 40%.

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In Detroit—home of the country's priciest rental rates—drivers will be hit for $446 per week, on average, for the most affordable rental cars. Memphis ($425) and Philadelphia ($406) came in second and third for the steepest rates. 

The cheapest cities for renting a car right now? Los Angeles, at $130 a week, and Orlando, where so many tourists are staying away that rates are just $120 for a week.

Orlando, which always has a huge fleet of rental cars ready for visitors, was also the cheapest city in the previous survey.

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Here are the full results for the most and least expensive U.S. cities for car rentals:

1. Detroit: $446
2. Memphis: $425
3. Philadelphia: $406
4. Kansas City: $385
5. Pittsburgh: $352
6. Indianapolis: $331
7. Sacramento: $329
8. New York City: $326
9. Anchorage: $325
10. Albuquerque: $316
11. Omaha: $317
12. Charlotte: $312
13. Seattle: $312
14. New Orleans: $302
15. Chicago: $295
16. Minneapolis: $291
17. Raleigh: $287
18. Washington, D.C.: $273
19. Oklahoma City: $268
20. Dallas: $259
21. Austin: $254
22. Seattle: $251
23. Portland: $253
24. Baltimore: $253
25. Louisville: $252
26. Cleveland: $251
27. Atlanta: $250
28. El Paso: $245
29. San Diego: $241
30. Boston: $240
31. Fresno: $239
32. Milwaukee: $235
33. Phoenix: $234
34. Houston: $234
35. Nashville: $233
36. San Jose: $224
37. Honolulu: $214
38. Cincinnati: $214
39. Tucson: $213
40. Jacksonville: $200
41. Oakland: $200
42. St. Louis: $199
43. San Francisco: $198
44. San Diego: $197
45. Las Vegas: $149
46. Columbus: $168
47. Miami: $163
48. Tampa: $157
49. Los Angeles: $130
50. Orlando: $120
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