These are the most congested big cities in the world
Do you spend your commute sitting in traffic? If so, you're not alone. In fact, the average American lost 41 hours of their time to traffic congestion during peak hours in 2017, according to transportation intelligence firm Inrix. Of course, some cities have it much worse than others.
Here are the cities Inrix determined to have the worst traffic in the world, ranked by the average number of hours drivers wasted in traffic during times of peak congestion.
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23 (TIE). Munich, Germany
Munich drivers spent an average of 51 hours each in congestion during peak traffic periods in 2017, according to Inrix.
Here, early morning traffic passes by the BMW headquarters.
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23 (TIE). Rio de Janerio, Brazil
The second-most populated city in Brazil also happens to be the second-worst Brazilian city for traffic, with 51 peak hours' worth of congestion per person in 2017.
Here, a peddler sells candies to drivers stuck at a traffic light in the Belford Roxo area of the city.
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23 (TIE). Zurich, Switzerland
Every August, lovers of techno music flood the streets of Zurich, Switzerland, for the Street Parade, an annual tradition since 1992.
But most days, the streets are clogged with cars instead of people. Traffic on Zurich streets cost drivers 51 hours each at peak times, on average, last year.
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21 (TIE). Dallas
The first U.S. city to crack the top 25, Dallas residents spent an average of 54 hours a piece in peak traffic conditions last year. Inrix estimates that this cost each driver $1,674 in direct (wasted time and fuel) and indirect expenses.
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21 (TIE). St. Petersburg, Russia
Drivers in Russia's second largest city spent an average of 54 hours apiece in peak traffic congestion in 2017.
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Washington's largest city has its own share of traffic problems, with some of the worst appearing on Interstate 5 between North Gate and Union Street. On average, Seattle drivers each lost 55 hours to traffic during peak times in 2017.
Here, protesters take part in a workers' and immigrants' rights march above a congested I-5 in May 2017.
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17 (TIE). Krasnodar, Russia
The southern Russian town of Krasnodar offers some of the worst traffic in the country, with 57 hours of peak congestion per driver last year.
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17 (TIE). Medellin, Colombia
Traffic in Medellin is so bad -- 57 hours of peak congestion per driver in 2017 -- that the city is battling a smog problem. In this 2018 photo, a cyclist wears a face mask during an environmental red alert.
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17 (TIE). Chicago
Congested roadways, including the Kennedy Expressway (pictured) cost the average Chicago commuter 57 hours during peak times in 2017.
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16. Mexico City, Mexico
Drivers in Mexico City lose 58 hours of their time to peak congestion, on average. Here, a Mexico City traffic guard helps manage traffic for pedestrians following a 2018 earthquake.
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15. Istanbul, Turkey
Istanbul has the worst traffic in its region with 59 hours of peak congestion per driver last year.
In this 2016 photo, drivers on the Bosphorus Bridge stop to observe a moment of silence for the founder of the Turkish Republic, Mustafa Ataturk.
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Interstate 93 South is a key contributor to Boston's traffic woes. The average Boston driver lost 60 hours during peak traffic times last year.
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12 (TIE). Washington, D.C.
The nation's capital, often in political gridlock, has plenty of gridlocked roads as well. Last year, drivers lost an average of 63 hours to its congested streets and beltways.
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12 (TIE). Jakarta, Indonesia
A mass of cars and motorcycles both add to the morning rush hour gridlock in Jakarta, seen here in September 2017. Drivers spent 63 hours in Jakarta's peak traffic, helping cement Indonesia's place as the second most congested country in the world.
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10 (TIE). Bangkok, Thailand
Though congestion is bad in Thailand's capital city, with 64 hours spent in traffic last year, it is a serious problem throughout the entire country. Inrix named Thailand the most congested country in the world in 2017.
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10 (TIE). Miami
With more than 6 million people in its metropolitan area, Miami faces significant traffic woes — especially on I-95, seen here. Last year, Miami drivers spent an average of 64 hours apiece sitting in their cars during peak times.
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9. Paris, France
Drivers in the French capital spend 69 hours in traffic during peak periods. Here, you can see a November 2017 jam on Champs-Élysées Avenue near the Arc de Triomphe.
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Atlanta residents will not be surprised to see their city on this list — the Georgia capital has struggled with gridlock for decades. Drivers here lose an average of 70 peak hours a year to congestion.
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7. London, England
London may be famous for its double-decker buses, but it's notorious for traffic. The most congested city in Europe ate up 74 hours of drivers' time during peak conditions last year.
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6. Bogota, Colombia
Not only is Bogota one of the most congested cities in the world (75 hours per driver in 2017), Inrix ranked Colombia the third most congested country.
Here, Bogota police work to manage traffic during a 2007 blackout.
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5. San Francisco
Last year, drivers in San Francisco lost 79 hours each during peak traffic times.
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4. Sao Paulo, Brazil
Brazil is the seventh worst country for traffic worldwide, with 36 hours of congestion. Things are especially bad in Sao Paulo, its most populated city, where peak traffic consumes 86 hours of drivers' time.
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2 (TIE). New York City
With 91 hours of peak congestion, New York City is tied for the second worst city for congestion in the world. Its Cross Bronx Expressway has been named the absolute worst corridor in the world — drivers waste 118 hours a year sitting on it.
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2 (TIE). Moscow, Russia
Founded in the year 1147, the ring-like layout of Moscow streets was not designed for modern traffic. It's not unusual for commutes here to take hours, with the average driver losing 91 hours a year to gridlock.
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1. Los Angeles
Residents of Los Angeles register more than twice as many vehicles as their New York City counterparts — and it shows in the traffic data. Last year, Los Angeles drivers each spent 102 hours in peak congestion, more than in any other city in the world.