9. Toronto, Canada
While the U.S. was spared from making the list, Canada wasn’t so lucky. At number-9 is Toronto, the largest city in the country. With over 2.6 million residents, Toronto is the fifth most populous city in North America and last year was ranked the highest in Canada for cost of living. Even more surprising is that Toronto is the fourth most congested area in North America – even ahead of New York in terms of traffic. Part of the issue is that 70-percent of its residents commute back and forth to work each day with their personal vehicle.
“Our 80-minute-average round-trip journey to work merits us a ‘D’ and even lags behind the legendary Los Angeles by 24 minutes,” said Carol Wilding, president and CEO of Toronto Board of Trade.