Feb 4, 2024 - News

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traffic on Independence in Charlotte North Carolina

Photo: Katie Peralta Soloff/Axios

Blame it on population growth or the fact that we're heading into the office more often these days: Charlotte drivers are spending more time in traffic.

By the numbers: The average 6-mile trip in Charlotte's city center took 48 seconds more last year compared to 2021, Axios' Alex Fitzpatrick and Kavya Beheraj report from new TomTom data.

  • The journey took 10 minutes and 18 seconds last year, compared to 9 minutes and 30 seconds in 2021.

Zoom out: Car commutes have largely gotten slower across the U.S. since the mid-pandemic era.

Zoom in: Traffic slowed most significantly in Washington, D.C., New York City and Boston between 2021-2023, based on the average time spent traveling 6 miles in their respective city centers — no shock to anybody who's ever driven in any of the three.

  • Traffic actually improved in a handful of cities, including Indianapolis (-39 seconds for a 6-mile trip); Grand Rapids, Michigan (-29 seconds); and Orlando, Florida (-20 seconds).
  • See TomTom's full 2023 traffic index here.
Average travel time by car, 2023


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