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Table 5-5: Highway Congestion in the 50 Largest Urban Areas: 2014

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Urban area Rank Population (thousands) Hours of delay (thousands) Hours of delay per commuter Cost of congestion
($ millions)
Cost of congestion per commuter ($)
Washington DC-VA-MD 1 4,920 204,375 82 4,560 1,834
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim CA 2 12,635 622,509 80 13,318 1,711
San Francisco-Oakland CA 3 3,480 146,013 78 3,143 1,675
New York-Newark NY-NJ-CT 4 19,040 628,241 74 14,712 1,739
San Jose CA 5 1,950 104,559 67 2,230 1,422
Boston MA-NH-RI 6 4,440 153,994 64 3,363 1,388
Seattle WA 7 3,325 139,842 63 3,294 1,491
Chicago IL-IN 8 8,700 302,609 61 7,222 1,445
Houston TX 8 5,000 203,173 61 4,924 1,490
Riverside-San Bernardino CA 10 2,020 99,058 59 2,201 1,316
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington TX 11 5,485 186,535 53 4,202 1,185
Miami FL 12 5,860 195,946 52 4,444 1,169
Detroit MI 12 3,825 155,358 52 3,514 1,183
Atlanta GA 12 4,500 148,666 52 3,214 1,130
Portland OR-WA 12 1,990 72,341 52 1,763 1,273
Austin TX 12 1,500 51,116 52 1,140 1,159
Phoenix-Mesa AZ 17 3,925 155,730 51 3,641 1,201
Denver-Aurora CO 19 2,615 91,479 49 2,061 1,101
Oklahoma City OK 19 1,000 45,652 49 1,030 1,110
Bridgeport-Stamford CT-NY 19 955 37,119 49 898 1,174
Philadelphia PA-NJ-DE-MD 22 5,560 157,183 48 3,669 1,112
Minneapolis-St. Paul MN-WI 23 2,815 99,710 47 2,196 1,035
Baltimore MD 23 2,600 87,620 47 2,075 1,115
Las Vegas-Henderson NV 27 1,975 63,693 46 1,375 984
Orlando FL 27 1,615 52,723 46 1,207 1,044
Virginia Beach VA 29 1,460 48,274 45 1,020 953
New Orleans LA 29 975 39,159 45 1,014 1,161
Nashville-Davidson TN 29 1,200 38,977 45 1,013 1,168
San Antonio TX 33 1,935 64,328 44 1,462 1,002
St. Louis MO-IL 35 2,200 69,350 43 1,637 1,020
San Juan PR 35 2,055 60,301 43 1,605 1,150
Sacramento CA 35 1,810 60,220 43 1,334 958
Indianapolis IN 35 1,555 46,435 43 1,142 1,060
Memphis TN-MS-AR 35 1,085 37,824 43 939 1,080
Providence RI-MA 35 1,180 37,809 43 846 951
Louisville-Jefferson County KY-IN 35 1,110 35,622 43 860 1,048
Charlotte NC-SC 35 1,200 34,153 43 770 963
San Diego CA 43 3,090 79,412 42 1,658 887
Tampa-St. Petersburg FL 45 2,540 71,628 41 1,589 907
Cincinnati OH-KY-IN 45 1,640 48,485 41 1,159 989
Columbus OH 45 1,455 40,025 41 921 933
Buffalo NY 49 945 26,851 40 620 918
Kansas City MO-KS 51 1,600 45,570 39 1,085 933
Pittsburgh PA 51 1,765 44,758 39 1,030 889
Cleveland OH 55 1,765 45,051 38 1,046 887
Milwaukee WI 55 1,410 37,659 38 984 987
Jacksonville FL 55 1,085 29,680 38 659 842
Salt Lake City-West Valley City UT 66 1,100 26,925 37 779 1,059
Richmond VA 77 1,000 26,104 34 558 729
Raleigh NC 77 965 23,128 34 504 734

NOTES: Ranked by annual hours of delay per commuter. TTI's methodology changes periodically. When changes do occur, the methods are applied to all years, resulting in changes possibly over the entire period of data available. Consequently, the most recently published figures may not be comparable to those in past editions.

SOURCE: Texas A&M University, Texas Transportation Institute, Urban Mobility Report 2015, available at mobility.tamu.edu/ums as of August 2015.

Updated: Saturday, May 20, 2017