Five U.S. cities top list of 10 most congested cities worldwide

By Tyson Fisher, Land Line staff writer | Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Traffic data company Inrix has released its 2015 Traffic Scorecard measuring traffic congestion in U.S. cities, and the usual suspects topped the list. Los Angeles was named the most congested city, followed by Washington, D.C.

According to the report, economic and population growth, higher unemployment rates and declining fuel prices have been factors leading to more congested roads. Nationwide, more than 8 billion extra hours were wasted in traffic, about 50 hours per driver. Five cities with booming economies – Boston, New York, San Francisco, Seattle and Washington, D.C. – accounted for approximately 1.5 billion hours.

The top 10 most congested U.S. cities according to Inrix are (extra hours per year per commuter):

  • Los Angeles – 81 hours
  • Washington, D.C. – 75 hours
  • San Francisco – 75 hours
  • Houston – 74 hours
  • New York – 73 hours
  • Seattle – 66 hours
  • Boston – 64 hours
  • Chicago – 60 hours
  • Atlanta – 59 hours
  • Honolulu – 49 hours

Worldwide, the United States does not fare much better. Of the top 10 most congested cities in the U.S. and Europe, U.S. cities accounted for half. Those cities include:

  • London – 101 hours
  • Los Angeles – 81 hours
  • Washington, D.C. – 75 hours
  • San Francisco – 75 hours
  • Houston – 74 hours
  • New York – 73 hours
  • Stuttgart, Germany – 73 hours
  • Antwerp, Belgium – 71 hours
  • Cologne, Germany – 71 hours
  • Brussels – 70 hours

In terms of individual roads, the U.S. has four of the top 10 most congested corridors worldwide, all four in Los Angeles. Three are in Moscow with the remaining congested corridors in London, Brussels and Munich. Drivers on those roads lost an average of 110 hours per year.

Of the countries studied in the report, the United States took the lead in the list of countries with most hours wasted in traffic. Approximately 50 hours per commuter were wasted in the U.S. last year.

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