Los Angeles tops list of cities most congested by traffic in new analysis

The City of Angels can apparently go by another, less poetic moniker: The City of Traffic Congestion.

The metro area of more than 15 million people topped the list of gridlocked cities, with drivers spending 102 hours sitting in traffic congestion during peak time periods last year, according to the 2017 traffic scorecard by INRIX, a leader in transportation analytics and connected car services.

Los Angeles took the title for the sixth consecutive year, beating out 1,360 cities in 38 countries around the globe. INRIX calculated the results of its eleventh annual report by combining anonymous, real-time global positioning system probe data from 300 million connected cars and devices with real-time traffic flow data and other criteria, such as construction and road closures.

The report notes that "congestion is a significant and growing burden on our cities," and it chalks growing congestion up to population and economic growth combined with continued urbanization.

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10. Dallas

54 peak hours in congestion

9. Seattle

55 peak hours in congestion

8. Chicago

57 peak hours in congestion

7. Boston

60 peak hours in congestion

6. Washington D.C.

63 peak hours in congestion

5. Miami

64 peak hours in congestion

4. Atlanta

70 peak hours in congestion

3. San Francisco

79 peak hours in congestion

2. New York City

91 peak hours in congestion

1. Los Angeles

41 percent extra travel time

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Traffic congestion doesn't come cheap. INRIX estimates that such congestion costs U.S. drivers nearly $305 billion in 2017, or $1,445 per driver. Those costs come directly and indirectly from sources like wasted time, fuel and productivity.

The 10 Most Congested Cities in the United States in 2017:

Congestion RankMetro AreaStatePeak Hours in Congestion
1Los AngelesCalifornia102
2New York CityNew York91
3San FranciscoCalifornia79
4AtlantaGeorgia70
5MiamiFlorida64
6WashingtonDistrict of Colombia63
7BostonMassachusetts60
8ChicagoIllinois57
9SeattleWashington55
10DallasTexas54


But traffic isn't unique to the U.S. It's a global phenomenon, with drivers across the 1,360 cities studied spending an average of 9 percent of their travel time in bumper-to-bumper traffic.

Globally, five U.S. cities rank among the 10 most-traffic-congested cities in the world, but Moscow; Sao Paulo; Bogota, Colombia; London; and Paris join the U.S. in mixing up the global ranking.

The 10 Most Congested Cities in the World in 2017:

Congestion RankMetro Area

Country

Hours Spent in Congestion
1Los AngelesUnited States102
2 (tie)MoscowRussia91
2 (tie)New York CityUnited States

91

4Sao PauloBrazil86
5San FranciscoUnited States79
6BogotaColombia

75

7LondonUnited Kingdom74
8AtlantaUnited States70
9ParisFrance69
10MiamiUnited States64

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10. Miami, Florida

64 hours spent in congestion

9. Paris, France

69 hours spent in congestion

8. Atlanta, Georgia

70 hours spent in congestion

7. London, United Kingdom

74 hours spent in congestion

6. Bogota, Colombia

75 hours spent in congestion

5. San Francisco, CA

79 hours spent in congestion

4. Sao Paulo, Brazil

86 hours spent in congestion

2 (tied). New York City, USA

91 hours spent in congestion

2 (tied). Moscow, Russia

91 hours spent in congestion

1. Los Angeles, USA

102 hours spent in congestion

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