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0 Comments | Jun 25, 2018

The Worst Traffic in the US

With over 220 million licensed drivers, the U.S. is the most congested country in the world. Motorists spend an average of 41 hours a year in traffic during peak hours. Keep in mind though that this is only an average. The following 10 cities are all worse than the national average and are what traffic related nightmares are made of:

  1. Los Angeles – 102A Yellow and Black Right Lane Ends Signs
  2. New York City – 91
  3. San Francisco – 79
  4. Atlanta – 70
  5. Miami – 64
  6. Washington, D.C. – 63
  7. Boston – 60
  8. Chicago – 57
  9. Seattle – 55
  10. Dallas – 54

Without a doubt, the most traffic congested city is Los Angeles. To give you a glimpse of how bad LA traffic is, it’s not only the worst city in the U.S., it’s also the worst of 1,360 cities evaluated worldwide! Despite billions of dollars being poured into rail transit and being a hotbed of alternative transportation, there’s clearly plenty of room for improvement when it comes to urban mobility.

As horrible as L.A. traffic is, it’s not much better in New York City. Motorists in NYC spend an average of 91 hours battling peak hour gridlock. Congestion speeds are a crawling 7.4 miles per hour. This is somehow worse than the 9.9 mph traffic speeds of LA.

Ironically enough, anyone who has spent time in either of these cities will attest that the majority of traffic stems from how much road construction occurs simultaneously. No matter how much it will improve congestion in the future, it’s a somber feeling when you see Traffic Signs indicating that you’re entering a road work area.

If you live in one of the cities mentioned above, this list probably serves as a grim reminder of how bad traffic can be. On the other hand though, if you don’t see your city listed above, at least you can remind yourself that traffic can always be worse.