Table 5-5: Highway Congestion in the 50 Largest Urban Areas: 2002

Table 5-5: Highway Congestion in the 50 Largest Urban Areas: 2002

(Ranked by hours of delay per person)

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Urban area Rank Population (thousands) Hours of delay (thousands) Hours of delay per person Cost of congestion ($ millions) Cost of congestion per person ($)
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Santa Ana CA 1 12,775 625,063 49 11,231 879
San Francisco-Oakland CA 2 4,120 153,196 37 2,779 675
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington TX 3 4,150 147,482 36 2,603 627
Washington DC-VA-MD 4 3,790 126,626 33 2,274 600
Houston TX 5 3,720 123,547 33 2,178 586
Atlanta GA 6 2,995 97,219 32 1,716 573
Riverside-San Bernardino CA 7 1,610 49,800 31 904 561
Chicago IL-IN 8 8,115 237,849 29 4,221 520
Miami FL 9 5,000 144,823 29 2,558 512
San Jose CA 10 1,680 48,015 29 871 518
Detroit MI 11 4,035 109,056 27 1,939 481
Boston MA-NH-RI 12 3,030 81,105 27 1,440 475
Denver-Aurora CO 13 2,030 54,123 27 954 470
Orlando FL 14 1,260 34,579 27 613 486
San Diego CA 15 2,825 72,126 26 1,314 465
Baltimore MD 16 2,295 59,761 26 1,069 466
Austin TX 17 840 21,831 26 387 461
Phoenix AZ 18 2,950 72,148 24 1,289 437
Seattle WA 19 2,700 65,276 24 1,175 435
Charlotte NC-SC 20 720 17,094 24 303 420
New York-Newark NY-NJ-CT 21 17,305 394,709 23 7,080 409
Tampa-St. Petersburg FL 22 2,025 45,776 23 808 399
Philadelphia PA-NJ-DE-MD 23 4,815 105,527 22 1,871 389
Minneapolis-St. Paul MN 24 2,440 54,607 22 971 398
Nashville-Davidson TN 25 700 15,374 22 273 390
Cincinnati OH-KY-IN 26 1,325 27,917 21 500 378
St. Louis MO-IL 27 2,065 40,481 20 719 348
Portland OR-WA 28 1,605 32,705 20 589 367
Indianapolis IN 29 1,035 20,852 20 369 357
Louisville KY-IN 30 845 16,967 20 302 357
Sacramento CA 31 1,505 28,772 19 526 349
San Antonio TX 32 1,260 24,456 19 434 344
Providence RI-MA 33 1,235 21,505 17 384 311
Salt Lake City UT 34 910 15,490 17 277 304
Jacksonville FL 35 905 15,004 17 269 296
Bridgeport-Stamford CT-NY 36 850 14,150 17 256 301
Oxnard-Ventura CA 37 565 9,419 17 172 305
Memphis TN-MS-AR 38 980 16,092 16 285 290
Virginia Beach VA 39 1,530 23,261 15 412 270
Las Vegas NV 40 1,370 20,089 15 364 266
Columbus OH 41 1,055 16,241 15 291 276
Tucson AZ 42 710 10,754 15 191 269
Albuquerque NM 43 575 8,677 15 154 267
Raleigh-Durham NC 44 780 10,717 14 191 244
Birmingham AL 45 675 9,425 14 168 248
Milwaukee WI 46 1,445 17,747 12 318 220
Omaha NE-IA 47 635 7,758 12 138 217
Colorado Springs CO 48 475 5,776 12 102 215
Charleston-North Charleston SC 49 465 5,427 12 95 205
New Haven CT 50 545 6,255 11 113 207

SOURCE: Texas Transportation Institute, The 2003 Urban Mobility Study, College Station, TX: 2004, available at http://mobility.tamu.edu/ums/ as of Nov. 19, 2004.