Los Angeles traffic is a very real factor in corporate decision-making. A new report measuring roadway congestion from Newmark Knight Frank ranks Los Angeles fifth in the nation for traffic, behind Boston, Washington DC, Chicago and New York. In the tight labor market, traffic is becoming a major concern for companies, with 41% employees choosing to leave a position because of commute times.

“Traffic congestion and employee drive times continue to be a very real factor in corporate decision making with respect to physical office locations throughout L A,” Alex Bergeson, managing director at NKF, tells GlobeSt.com. “Many of the companies who have recently made decisions to grow and expand in Culver City are going to be vacating locations in the beach cities—mainly Santa Monica—because the connectivity to the entertainment world, based in Hollywood, is being hindered by traffic patterns. With a more central location in a submarket like Culver City, employers can pull from the labor force in the beach cities, while still being in proximity to Hollywood and the entertainment markets.”

While ranking at the top of this list isn’t enviable, L.A.’s fifth place ranking could be considered good news, considering the market’s reputation for traffic. However, Bergeson says that the city’s sprawling geography could have played a role in the ranking. “[I was surprised], although the four cities ahead of L.A. have a metropolis/CBD that is more concentrated, so it’s understandable that the traffic just in those CBD areas is worse,” he says. “I would imagine that L.A. still has generally worse traffic over a much wider geographic area than those first four cities do.”

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Kelsi Maree Borland

Kelsi Maree Borland is a freelance journalist and magazine writer based in Los Angeles, California. For more than 5 years, she has extensively reported on the commercial real estate industry, covering major deals across all commercial asset classes, investment strategy and capital markets trends, market commentary, economic trends and new technologies disrupting and revolutionizing the industry. Her work appears daily on GlobeSt.com and regularly in Real Estate Forum Magazine. As a magazine writer, she covers lifestyle and travel trends. Her work has appeared in Angeleno, Los Angeles Magazine, Travel and Leisure and more.

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