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Chicago tops the list of congested American cities, according to a report from Carbuzz.
The average Chicago driver spends 70 hours per year stuck in traffic, at a cost of $1,738. The alarming statistic makes Chicago the most congested city in America, according to a study by Carbuzz.
While not entirely scientific (the site says its staff traveled to cities and gathered facts based on personal experiences), the study places Washington, D.C., Los Angeles, Houston, and San Francisco in the top 5 behind Chicago as the country's most congested urban centers.
Notably, despite their extensive public transportation systems, Chicago and Washington, D.C. lead the list of most congested cities. It stands to reason that, were public transit less prevalent in those cities, traffic jams would be far worse.
Among the distressing facts reported in the study, which examined cities around the world as well as in the U.S.:
- The average U.S. driver spends 2 weeks per year stuck in traffic.
- 47% of those who participated in the survey said that in the last month, they had to cancel a trip they had planned because of anticipated traffic.
- The world's worst traffic jam took place in Paris in 1980. It involved 18 million cars and spanned 109 miles.
See the info graphic below for more statistics from Carbuzz's report.
Oct 6, 2011
Calling these "good statistics" is absurd. The info fails to state what days and times and lengths the "testers'" trips took or what time of year it was. I am a Chicagoan and while not an apologist for that must point out that for the last several years, hundreds of miles of our tollway system (an integral part of our traffic grid) were closed for complete rebuilding, while our "excellent" mass transit system is so dilapidated that several rail routes had to close for days for repairs. Meanwhile, the city's aging infrastructure is in such bad shape that entire SUV's have unexpectedly fallen into water mains that collapsed under normal traffic conditions, and we had two of the snowiest winters in our history. When and where (and for how long) these statistics were taken certainly does matter. Some of your numbers, at least as Chicago is concerned, are probably suspect.
I have lived in Shenzhen and can attest to the traffic congestion there, day and night. Shenzhen has an amazing subway system that carries between 5 and 6 million people daily but the streets are still bumper to bumper with vehicles. In 2010 alone an additional 250,000 vehicles were licensed in Shenzhen. If a Chinese person has a car, he MUST drive it. If I have a car why would I use the subway? Barry
Greetings every one Can i ask you about any statistics in the middle east especially from Iraq about the traffic jams (heavy Traffic Jam) every day we spend more than two hours per day to go to work and house, i will appreciate any support to show to the world our suffering in this country in the world. Thanks, Ahmed
Very good compilation of traffic jam data ,Channtal Fleischfresser. Traffic Jams are very common in every city in developing countries. I have seen in Asia,Africa etc.,The reason is lack of traffic regulations and wide roads.I was in Lagos,Nigeria. From the Airpost to Ota(about 40 km) it took by Car about 3 hours(after 9 pm). Dr.A.Jagadeesh Nellore(AP),India E-mail: email@example.com
I didn't know it was THAT bad. I guess I just don't drive to or from the city during rush hour. That, and you eventually learn how to adapt your route to the traffic bottlenecks.