The 31 US cities that had the worst traffic in 2019 according to a study

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New York City. Joe Penney/Reuters
  • INRIX, a transportation data firm, has released its yearly ranking of the most congested cities.
  • The organisation measured the average amount of time and money that drivers lose by sitting in traffic across 43 countries and more than 900 cities.
  • INRIX found that, in 2019, the average American spent close to 100 hours in traffic, and lost nearly $US1,400 because of it.
  • Boston had the worst traffic of any US city in 2019, followed by Chicago, Philadelphia, and New York. Los Angeles, known for its heavy traffic, took sixth place.
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Even though the spread of coronavirus is emptying out the streets in some US cities, most urbanites still need to contend with traffic in one way or another.

Transportation analytics outfit INRIX released its annual study of the most congested cities in the world on Monday, quantifying just how much inner-city congestion affects commuters in more than 900 cities across 43 countries.

INRIX ranked urban areas in the US-based on the amount of time and money drivers lost to congestion in 2019. The firm found that the average American lost $US1,377 and 99 hours sitting in traffic last year. Moreover, INRIX noted that from 2017 to 2019 the average time Americans lost to traffic increased by two hours.

Bogota, Colombia took the prize of the most congested city in the world, with drivers spending an average of 191 hours in traffic in 2019.

Scroll down to learn which cities are the most congested in the US.


31. Boulder, Colorado

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Boulder, CO. Jeff Zehnder/Shutterstock

Hours lost in congestion per capita: 37 hours

Cost of congestion per driver: $US548


30. San Antonio, Texas

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San Antonio, TX. Eric Gay/ Associated Press

Hours lost in congestion per capita: 39 hours

Cost of congestion per driver: $US577


29. Detroit, Michigan

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Hours lost in congestion per capita: 39 hours

Cost of congestion per driver: $US577


28. Milwaukee, Wisconsin

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Hours lost in congestion per capita: 41 hours

Cost of congestion per driver: $US607


27. Columbus, Ohio

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Hours lost in congestion per capita: 43 hours

Cost of congestion per driver: $US636


26. Cleveland, Ohio

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Hours lost in congestion per capita: 44 hours

Cost of congestion per driver: $US651


25. San Juan, Puerto Rico

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Hours lost in congestion per capita: 46 hours

Cost of congestion per driver: $US681


24. Charlotte, North Carolina

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Charlotte, NC. AP Photo/Chuck Burton

Hours lost in congestion per capita: 49 hours

Cost of congestion per driver: $US725


23. Minneapolis, Minnesota

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Hours lost in congestion per capita: 52 hours

Cost of congestion per driver: $US770


22. Hartford, Connecticut

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Hours lost in congestion per capita: 61 hours

Cost of congestion per driver: $US903


21. Denver, Colorado

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Hours lost in congestion per capita: 63 hours

Cost of congestion per driver: $US932


20. Dallas, Texas

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Hours lost in congestion per capita: 63 hours

Cost of congestion per driver: $US932


19. Sacramento, California

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Hours lost in congestion per capita: 64 hours

Cost of congestion per driver: $US947


18. Austin, Texas

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Hours lost in congestion per capita: 69 hours

Cost of congestion per driver: $US1,021


17. San Diego, California

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San Diego, CA. Reuters/Mike Blake

Hours lost in congestion per capita: 70 hours

Cost of congestion per driver: $US1,036


16. Providence, Rhode Island

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Hours lost in congestion per capita: 70 hours

Cost of congestion per driver: $US1,036


15. Stamford, Connecticut

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Hours lost in congestion per capita: 74 hours

Cost of congestion per driver: $US1,095


14. Seattle, Washington

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Seattle, WA. Elaine Thompson/AP

Hours lost in congestion per capita: 74 hours

Cost of congestion per driver: $US1,095


13. New Orleans, Louisiana

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Hours lost in congestion per capita: 79 hours

Cost of congestion per driver: $US1,169


12. Miami, Florida

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Miami, FL. Joe Skipper/Reuters

Hours lost in congestion per capita: 81 hours

Cost of congestion per driver: $US1,199


11. Houston, Texas

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Hours lost in congestion per capita: 81 hours

Cost of congestion per driver: $US1,199


10. Atlanta, Georgia

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Hours lost in congestion per capita: 82 hours

Cost of congestion per driver: $US1,214


9. Baltimore, Maryland

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Hours lost in congestion per capita: 84 hours

Cost of congestion per driver: $US1,243


8. Portland, Oregon

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Hours lost in congestion per capita: 89 hours

Cost of congestion per driver: $US1,317


7. San Francisco, California

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Hours lost in congestion per capita: 97 hours

Cost of congestion per driver: $US1,436


6. Los Angeles, California

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Los Angeles, CA. AP Photo/Jae C. Hong

Hours lost in congestion per capita: 103 hours

Cost of congestion per driver: $US1,524


5. Washington, D.C.

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Washington, DC. REUTERS/Jason Reed

Hours lost in congestion per capita: 124 hours

Cost of congestion per driver: $US1,835


4. New York City, New York

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Hours lost in congestion per capita: 140 hours

Cost of congestion per driver: $US2,072


3. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

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Philadelphia, PA. AP Photo/Matt Rourke

Hours lost in congestion per capita: 142 hours

Cost of congestion per driver: $US2,102


2. Chicago, Illinois

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Chicago, IL. Nam Y. Huh/AP

Hours lost in congestion per capita: 145 hours

Cost of congestion per driver: $US2,146


1. Boston, Massachusetts

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Boston, MA. Sean Pavone/Shutterstock

Hours lost in congestion per capita: 149 hours

Cost of congestion per driver: $US2,205