Finance: These US cities have the worst congestion

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These cities have the most traffic "hot spots" in the US, according to INRIX, a traffic data firm based in Washington.

Traffic is increasing in cities worldwide, but some have it worse than others.

INRIX, a traffic data firm based in Washington, ranked the 25 US cities with the worst congestion based on the duration, length, and frequency of traffic jams in the city. As part of the ranking, INRIX determined the number of traffic "hot spots" in each city.

INRIX then identified the cost of congestion to each city by evaluating what the overall economic cost to drivers would be if nothing were to change by 2026. That cost was determined based on wasted time, fuel, and emissions.

Scroll down for a closer look at the 25 cities with the worst congestion:

25. Santa Barbara, California

Santa Barbara had 174 traffic hot spots. The worst hot spot was located at US-101 N at San Ysidro Road to La Conchita.

INRIX said the 2026 cost of congestion would be $1.1 billion.

24. Baton Rouge, Louisiana

Baton Rouge had 1,090 traffic hot spots. The worst hot spot was located at I-10 E at College Drive to Port Allen Lock.

INRIX said the 2026 cost of congestion would be $3 billion.

23. Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Pittsburgh had 530,395 traffic hot spots. The worst hot spot was at Lincoln Highway E at Fort Pitt Tunnel to Settlers Ridge.

INRIX said the 2026 cost of congestion would be $4.1 billion.

22. Stamford, Connecticut

Stamford had 777 traffic hot spots. The worst hot spot was located at I-95 S at Route 136 to Stratford Avenue.

INRIX said the 2026 cost of congestion would be $5.7 billion.

21. Minneapolis, Minnesota

Minneapolis had 1,903 traffic hot spots. The worst hot spot was located at I-94 W at State Hwy 128 to 250th Street.

INRIX said the 2026 cost of congestion would be $6.2 billion.

20. Detroit, Michigan

Detroit had 4,284 traffic hot spots. The worst traffic hot spot was located at I-94 W at Inkster Road to Gratiot Avenue.

INRIX said the 2026 cost of congestion would be $7.9 billion.

19. Columbia, Maryland

Columbia had 2,856 traffic hot spots. The worst hot spot was located at I-695 at Baltimore National Pike to Providence Road.

INRIX said the 2026 cost of congestion would be $8.1 billion.

18. Austin, Texas

Austin had 1,727 traffic hot spots. The worst traffic hot spot was located at I-35 N at Stassney Lane to Exit 223.

INRIX said the 2026 cost of congestion would be $8.4 billion.

17. Nashville, Tennessee

Nashville had 2,602 traffic hot spots. The worst hot spot was located at I-24 W at Antioch Pike to Rocky Fork Road.

INRIX said the 2026 cost of congestion would be $8.4 billion.

16. Portland, Oregon

Portland had 2,365 traffic hot spots. The worst hot spot was located at US-26 E at I-405 to NW 185th Avenue.

INRIX said the 2026 cost of congestion would be $9 billion.

15. Phoenix, Arizona

Phoenix had 3,441 traffic hot spots. The worst traffic hot spot was located at I-10 W at Exit 138 to Exit 151.

INRIX said the 2026 cost of congestion would be $9.5 billion.

14. Denver, Colorado

Denver had 2,258 traffic hot spots. The worst traffic hot spot was located at US-36 W / I-270 at Exit 1 to Smith Road.

INRIX said the 2026 cost of congestion would be $9.5 billion.

13. San Diego, California

San Diego had 1,936 traffic hot spots. The worst hot spot was located at I-15 N at Exit I-215 to Gopher Canyon Road.

INRIX said the 2026 cost of congestion would be $12.5 billion.

12. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Philadelphia had 6,232 traffic hot spots. The worst hot spot was located at Mid-County Expressway S at E Rose Valley Road to Pearl Harbor Memorial Bridge.

INRIX said the 2026 cost of congestion would be $14.7 billion.

11. Seattle, Washington

Seattle had 2,675 traffic hot spots. The worst hot spot was located at I-5 S at Pike Street to 128th St/Exit 186.

INRIX said the 2026 cost of congestion would be $15 billion.

10. Boston, Massachusetts

Boston had 4,158 traffic hot spots. The worst hot spot was located at Massachusetts Turnpike E at Boston U Bridge to Oak Street.

INRIX said the 2026 cost of congestion would be $18.9 billion.

9. Miami, Florida

Miami had 6,596 traffic hot spots. The worst one was located at I-95 N at Exit 12A to US-1.

INRIX said the 2026 cost of congestion would be $19.1 billion.

8. Houston, Texas

Houston had 4,417 traffic hot spots. The worst hot spot was located at I-45 S Exit 46A to Exit 63.

INRIX said the 2026 cost of congestion would be $23.8 billion.

7. San Francisco, California

San Francisco had 2,587 traffic hot spots. The worst hot spot was located at I-80 W at Emeryville to CA-4.

INRIX said the 2026 cost of congestion would be $26.9 billion.

6. Chicago, Illinois

Chicago had 7,719 traffic hot spots. The worst hot spot was located at I-90 W at 81A to Exit 56B.

INRIX said the 2026 cost of congestion would be $28.2 billion.

5. Dallas, Texas

Dallas had 6,720 traffic hot spots. The worst hot spot was located at I-20 W at Exit 451 to Exit 466.

INRIX said the 2026 cost of congestion would be $28.3 billion.

4. Atlanta, Georgia

Atlanta had 8,554 traffic hot spots. The worst hot spot was located at I-285 S at I-20 to Route 23.

INRIX said the 2026 cost of congestion would be $28.9 billion.

3. Washington D.C.

Washington D.C. had 6,097 traffic hot spots. The worst hot spot was located at I-95 S at Exit 133A to Fairfax County Parkway.

INRIX said the 2026 cost of congestion would be $29.2 billion.

2. New York, NY

New York had 13,608 traffic hot spots. The worst hot spot was located at Brooklyn Queens Expy E at Exit 28A to W Shore Expressway.

INRIX said the 2026 cost of congestion would be $63.9 billion.

1. Los Angeles, California

Los Angeles actually had fewer traffic hot spots (10,385) than New York. The worst one was located at I-405 N at Exit 43 to Exit 21.

INRIX said the 2026 cost of congestion would be $90.9 billion.

Source: pulse.ng
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