U.S. Cities Where Drivers Waste the Most Time in Traffic

The average American driver spent more an hour a week stuck in traffic last year.

Congestion cost U.S. drivers nearly $305 billion in 2017, an average of $1,445 per driver, according to the INRIX Global Traffic Scorecard, which analyzes the impact of traffic congestion in 1,360 cities across 38 countries worldwide. The U.S. accounted for 10 of the 25 cities globally with the worst traffic congestion.

Los Angeles topped the list of the world's most gridlocked cities for the sixth straight year, with drivers spending 102 hours in congestion in 2017 during peak times, costing a driver roughly $2,828 from direct costs -- fuel and time wasted -- and indirect costs -- freight and business fees from company vehicles idling in traffic, which are passed on to households through higher prices.

In New York, the I-95 Cross Bronx Expressway is the most congested road in the U.S.

These are the U.S. cities where drivers waste the most time sitting in traffic.

Los Angeles
Los Angeles

Los Angeles

Average hours spent in congestion a year: 102

Worst corridor: I-10 Eastbound is one of the 10 most congested roads in the U.S.

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New York City
New York City

New York City

Average hours spent in congestion a year: 91

New York's I-95 Cross Bronx Expressway is the most congested road in the U.S.

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San Francisco
San Francisco

San Francisco

Average hours spent in congestion a year: 79

Commuters in San Francisco had one of the highest U.S. congestion rates (23%) on arterial and city streets during the peak commute hours.

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Atlanta
Atlanta

Atlanta

Average hours spent in congestion a year: 70

Atlantans spend 10% of their time in traffic, costing them an average of $2,212 a year.

Miami
Miami

Miami

Average hours spent in congestion a year: 64

The cost of traffic to the city of Miami was $6.3 billion in 2017.

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Washington, D.C.
Washington, D.C.

Washington, D.C.

Average hours spent in congestion a year: 63

Traffic costs a commuter in the capital about $2,060 a year.

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Boston
Boston

Boston

Average hours spent in congestion a year: 60

Boston's I-93 southbound is one of the 10 most congested roads in the country. Commuters in Boston had one of the highest U.S. congestion rates on arterial and city streets during the peak commute hours. 

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Chicago
Chicago

Chicago

Average hours spent in congestion a year: 57

Chicago's I-90/I-94 southbound is one of the 10 most congested roads in the country.

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Seattle
Seattle

Seattle

Average hours spent in congestion a year: 55

The traffic congestion cost the city of Seattle $5 billion in 2017.

Dallas
Dallas

Dallas

Average hours spent in congestion a year: 54

Dallas highways improved in 2017: The city saw a 9% reduction in peak hours spent in congestion since the previous year. According to INRIX, in Dallas, more than $1 billion was spent improving the I-35 express and $800 million was spent on fixing the Dallas Horseshoe, where the I-35 and I-30 intersect, affecting almost 500,000 drivers daily.

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Houston
Houston

Houston

Average hours spent in congestion a year: 50

In the 11th worst traffic jams in the country, Houston commuters spent 7% of their time sitting in traffic.

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Portland, Ore.
Portland, Ore.

Portland, Ore.

Average hours spent in congestion a year: 50

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San Diego
San Diego

San Diego

Average hours spent in congestion a year: 48

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Austin, Texas
Austin, Texas

Austin, Texas

Average hours spent in congestion a year: 43

Peak-hour traffic in Austin has improved by 9% since 2016.

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Stamford, Conn.
Stamford, Conn.

Stamford, Conn.

Average hours spent in congestion a year: 41

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Tacoma, Wash.
Tacoma, Wash.

Tacoma, Wash.

Average hours spent in congestion a year: 41

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Minneapolis
Minneapolis

Minneapolis

Average hours spent in congestion a year: 41

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Philadelphia
Philadelphia

Philadelphia

Average hours spent in congestion a year: 37

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Santa Cruz, Calif.
Santa Cruz, Calif.

Santa Cruz, Calif.

Average hours spent in congestion a year: 37

Santa Cruz had the worst overall daytime congestion on arterial and highways, with drivers spending 12% of their days sitting in traffic.

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Honolulu
Honolulu

Honolulu

Average hours spent in congestion a year: 37

In Honolulu, 19% of driving time is spent in congestion, on average, during peak hours on roads within the city. About 9% of driving time is spent in traffic on weekends.

Denver
Denver

Denver

Average hours spent in congestion a year: 36

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San Rafael, Calif.
San Rafael, Calif.

San Rafael, Calif.

Average hours spent in congestion a year: 35

The average driver in this Marin County suburb of San Francisco spent about 35 hours a year in traffic last year.

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Detroit
Detroit

Detroit

Average hours spent in congestion a year: 35

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Santa Barbara, Calif.
Santa Barbara, Calif.

Santa Barbara, Calif.

Average hours spent in congestion a year: 35

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Orlando, Fla.
Orlando, Fla.

Orlando, Fla.

Average hours spent in congestion a year: 34

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Phoenix
Phoenix

Phoenix

Average hours spent in congestion a year: 34

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Nashville
Nashville

Nashville

Average hours spent in congestion a year: 33

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Baton Rouge, La.
Baton Rouge, La.

Baton Rouge, La.

Average hours spent in congestion a year: 32

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Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh

Average hours spent in congestion a year: 32

Pittsburgh's I-376 Eastbound is one of the 10 most congested roads in the U.S.

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Everett, Wash.
Everett, Wash.

Everett, Wash.

Average hours spent in congestion a year: 31

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This article was written by a staff member of TheStreet.

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