Nobody likes to sit in traffic, and there’s no doubt where you live can determine just how long you may be stuck behind other cars during your commute. So, how bad is traffic in America these days?
Well, INRIX just came out with their annual Global Traffic Scorecard, which analyzed traffic and congestion in 200 cities across 38 countries. The report notes that Americans lose an average of 97 hours a year due to congestion, which translates to costs of close to $87 billion, or $1,348 a person..As for the city with the worst traffic, you may be surprised.
Of the top 60 urban areas analyzed, Boston, Massachusetts was named the city with the worst congestion, with 164 hours lost due to congestion, followed by Washington, DC, which loses 155 hours. Cost wise, that translates to about $2,291 per person, per year in Boston, and $2,161 for those in DC. Shockingly, Los Angeles, which is known for their traffic, lands at five on the list. Although congestion is still bad, folks there only lost about 128 hours last year.
INRIX notes that they aren’t the worst thanks to their “sprawling geography and massive road network."
Top Ten Most Congested Cities In The U.S.(hours in traffic during peak congestion)
#1Boston, MA (164)
#2 Washington, DC (155)
#3 Chicago, IL (138)
#4 Seattle, WA (138)
#5 New York, NY (133)
#6 Los Angeles, CA (128)
#7 Pittsburgh, PA (127)
#8 San Francisco, CA (116)
#9 Philadelphia, PA (112)
#10 Portland, OR (116)
ONE MORE THING! When it comes to international cities, Moscow has the worst congestion, with folks in the Russian city losing 210 hours to congestion, followed by Istanbul (157).