Rush hour traffic is the worst, am I right?
It may not come as a surprise that Seattle cracked the top five for the worst gridlock in the country, coming in at No. 4, according to an annual traffic index by navigation system maker, TomTom.
Seattle, which ranked after Los Angeles, San Francisco, and New York overall, was listed second in the nation for evening peak congestion, with a 75 percent increase in travel times compared to free flow traffic.
The index looks at traffic in 295 cities around the world and ranks them by overall congestion level and by evening rush hour.
For the second year in a row, Los Angeles topped the list for the worst congestion in the U.S. Drivers in the city of angels see overall congestion at about 40%. That number doubles during evening rush hour.
The top four cities also each went up in congestion from last year, according to Nick Cohn, a senior traffic expert at TomTom.
“We noticed that cities that went up significantly are also employment hot spots,” Cohn said.
He notes that the economic recovery hasn’t been uniform across the United States, with areas seeing the biggest increases in traffic predominately falling on the East and West Coast.
And while your evening commute may seem like it's getting worse, if you're in the top 10 cities in the U.S., average congestion remained about the same as last year, at 31%, according to the report. Drivers in Las Vegas, Denver, Tucson, St. Louis, Detroit, Minneapolis and Milwaukee also saw a reduction in traffic congestion from last year's report.
Dallas-Fort Worth's ranking was not nearly as bad as many of us would have guessed. D/FW comes in at No. 34 -- nearly right in the middle of 71 U.S. cities with populations over 800,000.
Houston just missed the top ten, coming in at 11th worst in the U.S., while Austin was No. 21 and San Antonio was just in front of DFW at No. 32. El Paso rounded out the Texas cities on the list at No. 51.
Here's a look at the top 10 worst cities for traffic in the U.S.:
- Los Angeles
- San Francisco
- New York City
- San Jose
- Washington, D.C.
- Portland, Ore.
Good luck out there.