If you’re a city-dweller, sitting in traffic has likely become an inevitable part of your daily routine. Whether you’re driving to work in the morning, meeting friends for happy hour, or running a mid-day errand, it sometimes is impossible to avoid traffic in big cities.
But when it comes to the most frustrating aspects of our lives, like traffic, it’s nice to know you’re not alone. That others are right there with you, simultaneously facepalming with one hand and queuing up a podcast to tune out their own frustration with the other.
So, the next time you find yourself sitting in traffic, remember that the commuters of the following three cities probably are too.
Los Angeles, CA
Many consider Los Angeles one of the best American cities to live in. From the consistently sunny weather to the never-ending list of places to go and things to do, it’s undeniable that L.A. has a lot to offer. But, contrary to what Keeping up With the Kardashians might lead you to believe about the city, Angelenos do far more than sip on $12 green juices and zip around the city in Bentley’s. Though you might think that Los Angeles locals live life in the fast lane, the truth is, there isn’t really a fast lane in L.A because traffic is truly that unbearable. In fact, a recent survey found it to be both the most stressful city for commuting and on the top 10 list of cities with the highest commute time.
When you think of Dallas, what comes to mind? Tex-Mex? the Cowboys? Demi Lovato? Whatever you associate with the city of Dallas, it probably isn’t traffic.
But, believe it or not, Dallas has traffic too– and a lot of it! With an average round-trip commute time of about 55 minutes, Dallas has the fifth-longest commute time of any city in the U.S.
So, if you’re a northerner thinking of moving down south for sunnier weather and lighter traffic, Dallas might be a good place to work on your tan, but that’s about it. You should look elsewhere if sitting in traffic isn’t one of your favorite past times.
When you think of Raleigh, some of the wonderful aspects of North Carolina’s charming capital might come to mind. From the delicious downtown restaurants, the ever-so-popular state fair, and the prevalent southern accents, Raleigh certainly has it’s endearing qualities.
But, did you know that Raleigh also made the list of worst commuter cities in the U.S.? It’s true. Though mid-day traffic isn’t too bad, rush hour in Raleigh is a nightmare. It’s honestly no wonder that Waze, a community-based traffic and navigation app, is the most popular app in North Carolina.
Needless to say, if you ever find yourself sitting in traffic, that might be a good chance to give your long-lost friend from Raleigh a call. Though you might be hundreds of miles apart, there’s a good chance they’re also knee-deep in traffic and free to talk.