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Cars creep along the southbound lanes of the Garden State Parkway in Woodbridge, New Jersey, on May 27, 2005.

Survey reveals cities with least, most courteous drivers

A recent survey by AutoVantage found that everything is indeed bigger in Texas, including incidents of road rage. For 2014, Houston was crowned as the U.S. city having the least courteous drivers, moving up from eighth place in a similar survey taken in 2009. Atlanta and Baltimore placed second and third.

Portland, Oregon, successfully defended its title as the city with the most courteous drivers, finishing first in the 2014 survey. The Rose City also finished first in the same survey taken in 2009. Pittsburgh and St. Louis finished second and third, respectively.

While New York City did not finish in the top five of either list, the survey did reveal that local drivers are becoming more courteous, as the city improved nine spots from the survey taken in 2009.

(LEAST COURTEOUS) 1. HOUSTON

A sign alerts travelers to expect holiday traffic
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A sign alerts travelers to expect holiday traffic on Nov. 20, 2012, for cars heading to George Bush Airport in Houston. A 2014 survey says the city has the least courteous drivers in the United States.

2. ATLANTA

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Traffic stacks up on a highway south of Atlanta in this photo taken May 9, 2006. The city was named one of the five cities with the highest amount of road rage in a recent survey by AutoVantage.

3. BALTIMORE

The Baltimore skyline and Inner Harbor may offer
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The Baltimore skyline and Inner Harbor may offer a peaceful view in this photo taken July 12, 2007, but a 2014 survey says that Baltimore drivers are not so courteous. An AutoVantage survey placed Baltimore as the third least courteous city in America.

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4. WASHINGTON

Drivers on the streets in and around Washington,
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Drivers on the streets in and around Washington, D.C., were ranked as the fourth least courteous in the United States in a survey by AutoVantage. The Capitol Building is seen in this photo taken May 12, 2014.

5. BOSTON

Traffic builds heading south from downtown Boston on
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Traffic builds heading south from downtown Boston on July 3, 2008. A recent survey found the city to have the fifth least courteous drivers in the United States.

(MOST COURTEOUS) 1. PORTLAND, OREGON

Cars and trucks jam a busy Interstate 84
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Cars and trucks jam a busy Interstate 84 in Portland, Oregon, on Dec. 31, 2008. The city held its title as the place with the most courteous drivers for a second year.

2. PITTSBURGH

Pittsburgh, at the confluence of the Allegheny, Monongahela,
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Pittsburgh, at the confluence of the Allegheny, Monongahela, and Ohio rivers, as shown on a clear day on April 8, 2014. The city was found in a 2014 AutoVantage survey to have the second most courteous drivers in the United States.

3. ST. LOUIS

St. Louis has the third most courteous drivers
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St. Louis has the third most courteous drivers in the United States, according to a recent survey by AutoVantage. Shown here is a section of Interstate 70 that passes in front of the Gateway Arch and the grounds of the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial on Aug. 29, 2007.

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4. SAN FRANCISCO

Traffic flows over the Golden Gate Bridge from
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Traffic flows over the Golden Gate Bridge from San Francisco on Nov. 24, 2010, in this view from Sausalito, California. Drivers in San Francisco were found to be the fourth most courteous in America, in a survey.

5. CHARLOTTE

Drivers in Charlotte, North Carolina, were found to
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Drivers in Charlotte, North Carolina, were found to be the fifth most courteous in a recent survey from AutoVantage. The city's skyline is seen on July 17, 2012.

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