How Austin traffic compares to other US cities

How bad is Austin’s traffic, exactly?

The Pennybacker Bridge as seen from an overlook

Austin traffic is ranked No. 18 most-congested in the country.

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Ask an Austinite what their biggest gripes about their city are, and there’s a good chance at least one of those answers is traffic.

But how bad is traffic in Austin, exactly? A recent report from transportation analytics company INRIX may offer some insight. Here’s what we learned:

  • Austin is ranked the No. 18 most-congested city in the US — just behind Denver — and No. 80 in the world.
  • That said, Dallas and Houston both have substantially higher rates of congestion: Houston ranked No. 9 in the US, and Dallas ranked No. 14. (Chicago took the No. 1 spot nationally, with London, England topping the list internationally.)
  • In 2022, Austinites lost ~53 hours in traffic — a 23% decrease from 2019 — at an estimated cost of $892 per driver.
  • The cities with the most similar traffic scorecards to Austin are Grenoble, France, and Plymouth, England.

Learn more and see a map of Austin’s commute patterns.

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