by Kevin Allman
Another day, another subjective-but-entertaining list in which New Orleans is included ...
According to Sperling's Best Places and the manufacturer of a certain brand of nasal strips, the Crescent City is America's third-most congested burg, right behind Oklahoma City, Okla. and Birmingham, Ala. And they're not talking traffic congestion:
Seven categories were taken into consideration when ranking the most stuffed-up cities: pollen count, molds and spores; air pollution; incidence of flu; purchase habits of congestion products; prescriptions of congestion relief drugs; smoking; and climate.
And if you're particularly congested today — this lovely fall weather has also brought out the ragweed, grass and elm pollen; we're almost at a pollen Code Red.
We already knew we were America's most well-endowed city, as well as the country's second-kinkiest city. Why doesn't the New Orleans Convention & Visitors Bureau ever put these sorts of stats on the brochures?
Under the jump: America's Top 20 Congested Cities.
The Top 20 most congested cities, in order:
Oklahoma City, Okla.
New Orleans, La.
San Antonio, Texas
St. Louis, Mo.