Essay

12 Cities With the Most Agonizing Commutes in America

People detest traffic. It can be stressful to wait in your car for many minutes, or even an hour. Every year, Americans spend days stuck in peak hour traffic. You’re anxious about your morning journey since you could arrive at work late. You get anxious during the afternoon commute because you are eager to get home after a demanding day.

You’ve undoubtedly become accustomed to it if you live in a large city. That’s just the way things are.
Let’s examine the 12 American cities where commuting is the most excruciating. Los Angeles is infamous for its terrible traffic, so you might be shocked to see that it is not on the list (especially with recent road closures). In this list, we’ll also include a few other statistics.

12. Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX

There are 7.3 million people living in the Houston metropolitan region. Since the majority of them work simultaneously, rush hour traffic is undoubtedly extremely hectic. In comparison to many other states in the nation, Texans living in the metro region spend less than $1,000 year on gas. Their commutes, which average around 25 miles per hour, are probably where the majority of the gas is used.

11. San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA

Given that California is the most populous state in the union, it is inevitable that a number of its urban regions will appear on this list. Of the 4.7 million people living in the San Francisco metropolitan region, most attempt to commute to the same location every morning and afternoon. San Franciscans spend an astounding $1,843 on petrol annually, but happily, the cost of gas is going down. San Francisco drivers average about thirty-one miles per hour during rush hour.

10. Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA

On any given weekday, people in the Atlanta metropolitan region spend an astounding 32 minutes traveling in their cars. That’s a long time to drive to work (or to get off work and head home). Sadly, Georgians also need to adjust to the rising cost of gas. Hopefully, they are accustomed to it by now. Drivers spend $1,267 on gas annually on average. Their commutes have an average speed restriction of roughly 29 miles per hour.

9. Cape Coral-Fort Myers, FL

With over 22 million residents, Florida ranks as the third-largest state in the union, hence it seems sense that multiple Florida metropolitan regions would be included in the list. Even with fewer than a million people living in the Cape Coral metropolitan region, the commutes are horrendous. Compared to other metro regions, the average speed limit during rush hour is 27 miles per hour. Regretfully, their excruciating commute is also very unpleasant.

8. Visalia-Porterville, CA

Given that California is the most populous state in the union, it should come as no surprise that five of its major cities are listed here. There are about 450,000 people living in the Visalia metropolitan region, and commuting there takes 27 minutes (one way). The bad news is that, on average, there are 2.2 morning commute crashes annually. In rush hour, the average speed is thirty-one miles per hour.

7. Deltona-Daytona Beach-Ormond Beach, FL

On any given weekday, residents of the Daytona Beach metropolitan area spend a total of 29 minutes traveling by car. To spend so much time in a car to get to and from work is impressive. The good news is that petrol in Florida is less expensive than it is around the nation. An average Florida resident spends $1,136 on petrol annually. Their commutes have an average speed restriction of roughly 27 miles per hour.

6. Port St. Lucie, FL

The Port St. Lucie metro region, the third largest in Florida on this list, is home to just 487,000 people, but they have extremely long commutes. During rush hour, they drive an average of 27 miles per hour and spend 31 minutes each way in the car. Fortunately, the average gas price for Floridians in the Port St. Lucie region is $1,213, significantly less than the average for many major American cities.

5. New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA

With 19.62 million residents, the metropolitan region that includes New York City is the largest in the nation. That it is among the top five most excruciating commutes in America is hardly surprising. The local government has been trying to reduce the 37 minutes that New Yorkers spend in their cars on average during their trips. The average annual gas expenditure for residents of this metro area is $1,616.

4. Modesto, CA

The average travel time in Modesto, a small city in California’s Central Valley, gives the impression that the population is much larger than it actually is. People in Modesto spend a lot of time in rush hour, with an average one-way travel duration of 33 minutes and a pace of 31 miles per hour. They even spend a lot of money—$1,821 on average annually—on gas.

3. Lakeland-Winter Haven, FL

Given that the Lakeland metro region in Florida is home to around 790,000 people, morning and afternoon commuter traffic is very heavy. Even though these vehicles only travel 27 miles per hour on average, accidents involving morning commuters still occur. Every year, there are 2.2 morning commute crashes on average. Fortunately, these Floridians only shell out $1,201 for petrol year.

2. Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA

With 4.58 million residents and still counting, the Riverside metro region is enormous. Inland California is less expensive to live in than its coastal counterpart. Unfortunately, traffic increases with growth. The average commute time and peak hour speed in the Riverside metro area, which ranks second on the list, are 35 minutes and 31 miles per hour, respectively. The even more regrettable aspect is the staggering $1,946 they spend annually on gas!

1. Stockton-Lodi, CA

It should come as no surprise that the top metro area is in California. Despite having a population of about 771,000, the Stockton-Lodi metro region has the longest commute on this list, according to a number of figures, including the average one-way commute, the average speed during rush hour, and the average gas payment of an astounding $1,968 annually. Car insurance is also necessary in California, although the cost of such coverage is exorbitant there.