If you suspect that LA has the worst traffic gridlock of any American metro area, you’d be absolutely correct.
And we have the data to prove it. INRIX, Inc., a transportation analytics firm, has released its newest annual “traffic scorecard” for 2017 that ranks the U.S. cities with the most traffic congestion.
The listing below shows the ten most “challenging” cities for commuters, ranked according to the average time wasted per commuter during 2017.
[“Wasted time” is defined as the amount of time spent in traffic above and beyond what would have been required had traffic been moving at the posted speed limits.]
#1. Los Angeles – 102 hours wasted per commuter in 2017 (average)
#2. New York – 91 hours wasted
#3. San Francisco – 79 hours
#4. Atlanta – 70 hours
#5. Miami – 64 hours
#6. Washington, DC – 63 hours
#7. Boston, MA – 60 hours
#8. Chicago, IL – 57 hours
#9. Seattle, WA – 55 hours
#10. Dallas, TX – 54 hours
Indeed, Los Angeles tops the list with more than 100 hours of time wasted in traffic. That’s the equivalent of two and a half work weeks. Ugh.
Several other cities clock in at exorbitant rates as well, although not as high as LA on the “time wasted” scale.
Having driven or been a vehicular passenger in 9 of these 10 cities, none of these figures comes as a surprise to me personally — although I might have placed DC and Boston above Miami and Atlanta based on my own personal experience.
How about you? Which cities rank as your “personal worst” traffic-wise? And are there any cities which you think should be in INRIX’s “worst of the worst” listing?