10 Worst Traffic Cities in the U.S.
With the economy on an upswing, more jobs are being filled and more cars are on the road. An increase in traffic means more wasted hours and more
car accidents. If you’re one of the millions upon millions of people who commute to and from work every day, you’ll need a great deal of patience and, of course, car insurance. Here are the 10 worst traffic cities in the U.S.:
- Los Angeles, CA: Los Angeles may be known as the “City of Angels,” but there is nothing angelic about this town’s traffic. Los Angeles commuters spend an average of 63 hours a year in traffic. Drivers will find the most congestion near the bottleneck area of Hollywood Freeway/U.S. 101 Northbound at Los Angeles St., which accounts for about 85 hours of weekly congestion. Here, drivers go an average of 14 mph on the way to their destination. When in LA, be sure to avoid the roads during its peak travel hour on Thursdays at 5 p.m.
- New York, NY: New York City has some of the worst traffic in the nation. On average, a New York commuter will spend 42 hours a year sitting in traffic. When cruising around New York, be sure to avoid the notoriously congested bottleneck, called the Cross Bronx Expressway Westbound/Interstate 95 Southbound at Bronx River Parkway/Exit 4B. Here, commuters spend an average of 94 hours per week moving at speeds of 11.4 mph just trying to get to their destination. The worst peak travel hour in New York is Friday at 5 p.m.
- Chicago, IL: Chicago may be referred to as the “Second City,” but it certainly doesn’t lag when it comes to having the biggest and worst traffic in the nation. On average, a Chicago commuter will spend about 70 hours in traffic every year. Most of the congestion takes place on the Dan Ryan Expressway/Interstate 90/Interstate 94 Westbound at Canalport Ave./Cermak Rd./Exit 53, which accounts for 83 hours of weekly congestion at an average speed of 11.1 mph. The worst peak travel hour for cruising though Chicago is Friday at 5 p.m.
- Dallas-Fort Worth, TX: The massive Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex encompasses 12 counties within the North Texas region and is home to some of the busiest and most congested roads in the country. Dallas-Fort Worth commuters spend an average of 48 hours in traffic every year. Most drivers experience gridlock near the bottleneck area of Loop 820/Interstate 820 Westbound at Rufe Snow Dr./Exit 20, which accounts for 43 hours of weekly congestion. Here, commuters move at speeds of 20.1 mph.
- Washington, DC: Washington, DC, is at the center of all important things happening in the world, but it can’t seem to shake one of worst traffic situations in the country. The nation’s capital is tied with Chicago for the longest average time a commuter will sit in traffic each year – 70 hours. The greatest amount of congestion occurs at the Custis Memorial Parkway/Interstate 66 Eastbound at Virginia 267/Exit 67 bottleneck within the Washington-Arlington-Alexandria metropolitan area. Here, commuters will spend an average of 32 hours a week in traffic, moving at speeds of 14 mph.
- San Francisco-Oakland, CA: Commuters aren’t in for a San Francisco treat when cruising around the Bay Area on Thursdays at 5 p.m., or any time there is a potential for traffic. San Francisco-Oakland commuters spend an average of 49 hours a year sitting in gridlock. The most traffic occurs at the bottleneck area of Interstate 238 Northbound at California 185/14th St./Mission Blvd. Here, drivers move at speeds of 19.6 mph and spend a weekly average of 68 hours in traffic.
- Houston, TX: If you didn’t already know that Houston is the fourth-largest city in the nation, just try to drive around during rush hour and you’ll see for yourself. Houston commuters spend an average of 58 hours a year sitting in traffic, where they burn an estimated 52 gallons of gas annually. Most of the city’s congestion occurs at the Loop 610/Interstate 610 Northbound at Farm Rd. 1093/Westheimer Rd./Exit 8 bottleneck. Commuters spend an average of 22 hours per week sitting in this traffic, where they move at an average speed of 13.2 mph. The worst peak travel hour in Houston is Thursday at 5 p.m.
- Boston, MA: Boston has a long and lively history, including years and years of bad traffic! Boston commuters spend an average of 48 hours in gridlock every year. Most of the city’s congestion takes place at the Boston-Cambridge-Quincy area of Southeast Expressway/Interstate 93 Northbound at Morrissey Blvd./Neponset Ave. Those traveling through this bottleneck spend an average of 43 hours in traffic, moving at speeds of 16.7 mph. When in Boston, try to avoid the roads during its worst peak travel hour: Friday at 5 p.m.
- Atlanta, GA: Those who commute to “Hotlanta” are sweating more than the heat. Atlanta is a hotbed for traffic congestion, especially along the city’s Brookwood Interchage/I-75 at I-85 interchange, Spaghetti Junction/I-85 at I-285 and the I-285 and I-75 interchange, which all account for millions of hours of delay every year. On average, Atlanta commuters will spend 44 hours stuck in traffic each year, and spend a yearly average of $5,772 per household on gas, which is more than anyone else spends in the country.
- Seattle, WA: Seattle may be known for its delicious coffee, but the city’s traffic will definitely leave a bad taste in your mouth. Every year, Seattle commuters spend an average of 44 hours sitting in gridlock. Most of the traffic occurs in the Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue Washington area at the 520 Westbound at Bellevue Way/Lake Washington Blvd. bottleneck. Here, commuters will spend an average of 33 hours a week in traffic, moving at speeds of 11.2 mph. The worst time to travel through Seattle is Friday at 4 p.m.