Hey, we won! And depending on your outlook this can be a good thing or a bad thing.
The Washington DC metropolitan area is now number one in the nation for number of hours spent in traffic in a year.
Yep, we beat perennial favorites Chicago and Los Angeles in being first for spending the most time in our cars commuting to work.
We average 74 hours [a little over 3 days] over the span of a year stuck in traffic. WOW!
Washington Post Article
Now, as awful as these statistics sound, let's look at the bright side. It means our economy, in our part of the US, is doing just fine and there are a lot [A LOT] of people going to work each day.
As annoying as the traffic is, and we have had to factor traffic into all our plans for over two decades, [it is that bad], it is nice to know at least something good can be seen from it.
Then again - we still have one of the highest cost of living indexes in the US. Milk is 5 bucks and gas has not dropped below $3.90 yet. Sigh. And you can forget the housing market. There may be millions of homes in foreclosure, but glad you have a job because a fixer upper dump still costs $350,000.00 USD. Something you would actually want to move into starts at half a mil.
At least there are jobs to be had, eh? Hope y'all have a great Tuesday. See ya' on the flipside.