What's The Most Congested City In America? In Europe?

By Blake Z. Rong | October 18, 2012
What's the most congested city in America? How about in Europe, in case you're planning your grand Roman Holiday? (Both cities are on the list, in case you're wondering.) GPS maker TomTom has released its biannual Congestion Index, compiles anonymous travel time data from consumers in order to understand traffic flow. Remember that "least traffic" option on your navigation system? That's what TomTom is looking into, as well as real-time traffic updates that almost every modern GPS unit has. And from its data, it's no surprise that Los Angeles is the most congested city in America, because nobody walks in LA. Next up is Vancouver, followed by San Francisco, Montreal, and Toronto round out the rest. (Unsurprisingly, the top vie are comprised of Canada's biggest cities and California's two biggest metropolitan areas.) Washington is number six, followed by Seattle, New York (as depicted above), Chicago, and Miami. TomTom also found that Houston, San Francisco, and Minneapolis are slowly increasing in congestion, while Edmonton, Ottawa, and Washington are on their way down—but in the latter's case, that might not be fast enough. And in Europe, things look even worse: Istanbul leads with 57 percent congestion—which TomTom explains as the difference in travel times when there's no traffic versus during rush hour. During the evening commute, the time it takes to go home in Istanbul is 125 percent greater than when there's no traffic. Warsaw is the next city, followed by two cities each from France, Italy and Germany. Paris, Rome and Stuttgart all fall victim to heavy congestion, with the latter presumably filled with old Benzes.
See the results and read the full report for both continents at TomTom's website. Source: TomTom