San Diego's Traffic Ranked Among Worst in Nation

It’s no Los Angeles, but San Diego has some of the worst traffic in the nation, according to a new traffic index released by mapping company TomTom.

Our city’s gridlock was ranked the No. 17 worst in the country, when taking into account congestion levels on highways and non-highways and daily delays on a 30-minute commute. The index measured 53 U.S. cities.

The daily delay for someone with a 30-minute commute is 19 minutes, according to TomTom. The congestion level on highways, at 14 percent, was less than non-highways, which was 34 percent.

In total, San Diegans lost 75 hours last year sitting in traffic.

Still, San Diego’s traffic problem is nothing compared to our neighbor of the north. Los Angeles was ranked the No. 1 city in America for having the worst traffic, exceeding New York City, which came in at No. 4.

Interestingly, three California cities including LA made the top 10 most gridlocked cities: San Francisco (No. 2) and San Jose (No. 6) rounded out the list.

Here are the other top 10 cities to be wary of in your car (at least if you’re going on vacation there): Honolulu (No. 3); Seattle (No. 5); Miami (No. 7); Chicago (No. 8), Washington, D.C. (No. 9); and Portland (No. 10).

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