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50 most congested cities in America

  • 50 most congested cities in America
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    50 most congested cities in America

    Not only does the word “traffic” make most people cringe, but the actual consequences of the word often compound, making traffic a hard thing to escape. During rush hour, many commuters slow down the traffic stream due to street capacity and overall infrastructure issues.

    Traffic congestion has many negative impacts that harm consumers. Congestion causes delays, wasted fuel that increases air pollution, spillover traffic into side streets, and higher chances of getting into an accident. Many cities are accruing more interest in urban design and trying to fix traffic congestion through grid plans, zoning laws, and transit-oriented development. However, it will be a while before we see massive reductions in congestion.

    Using data from INRIX, a traffic data analytics firm, Stacker analyzed the top 50 most congested cities in the United States for 2018. INRIX incorporates factors such as hours spent in congestion, time spent in traffic during peak hours, and the cost of congestion per driver in its ranking.

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  • #50. St Louis, MO
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    #50. St Louis, MO

    International rank: #200
    Hours lost in congestion: 46
    Cost of congestion per driver: $638
    Inner city travel time: 4 min.
    Inner city last mile speed: 15 mph

  • #49. Kansas City, MO
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    #49. Kansas City, MO

    International rank: #198
    Hours lost in congestion: 47
    Cost of congestion per driver: $659
    Inner city travel time: 3 min.
    Inner city last mile speed: 19 mph

  • #48. Durham, NC
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    #48. Durham, NC

    International rank: #197
    Hours lost in congestion: 55
    Cost of congestion per driver: $764
    Inner city travel time: 5 min.
    Inner city last mile speed: 13 mph

  • #47. Tucson, AZ
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    #47. Tucson, AZ

    International rank: #196
    Hours lost in congestion: 52
    Cost of congestion per driver: $731
    Inner city travel time: 3 min.
    Inner city last mile speed: 23 mph

  • #46. Oklahoma City, OK
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    #46. Oklahoma City, OK

    International rank: #195
    Hours lost in congestion: 51
    Cost of congestion per driver: $716
    Inner city travel time: 4 min.
    Inner city last mile speed: 14 mph

  • #45. Louisville, KY
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    #45. Louisville, KY

    International rank: #194
    Hours lost in congestion: 53
    Cost of congestion per driver: $734
    Inner city travel time: 5 min.
    Inner city last mile speed: 13 mph

  • #44. Albuquerque, NM
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    #44. Albuquerque, NM

    International rank: #192
    Hours lost in congestion: 57
    Cost of congestion per driver: $792
    Inner city travel time: 4 min.
    Inner city last mile speed: 16 mph

  • #43. Norfolk, VA
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    #43. Norfolk, VA

    International rank: #189
    Hours lost in congestion: 56
    Cost of congestion per driver: $781
    Inner city travel time: 4 min.
    Inner city last mile speed: 15 mph

  • #42. Raleigh, NC
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    #42. Raleigh, NC

    International rank: #187
    Hours lost in congestion: 57
    Cost of congestion per driver: $799
    Inner city travel time: 3 min.
    Inner city last mile speed: 20 mph

  • #41. Corpus Christi, TX
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    #41. Corpus Christi, TX

    International rank: #185
    Hours lost in congestion: 66
    Cost of congestion per driver: $928
    Inner city travel time: 3 min.
    Inner city last mile speed: 19 mph

  • #40. San Diego, CA
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    #40. San Diego, CA

    International rank: #184
    Hours lost in congestion: 56
    Cost of congestion per driver: $781
    Inner city travel time: 4 min.
    Inner city last mile speed: 15 mph

  • #39. Jacksonville, FL
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    #39. Jacksonville, FL

    International rank: #179
    Hours lost in congestion: 60
    Cost of congestion per driver: $840
    Inner city travel time: 3 min.
    Inner city last mile speed: 17 mph

  • #38. Indianapolis, IN
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    #38. Indianapolis, IN

    International rank: #177
    Hours lost in congestion: 59
    Cost of congestion per driver: $826
    Inner city travel time: 5 min.
    Inner city last mile speed: 13 mph

  • #37. Milwaukee, WI
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    #37. Milwaukee, WI

    International rank: #171
    Hours lost in congestion: 61
    Cost of congestion per driver: $846
    Inner city travel time: 4 min.
    Inner city last mile speed: 17 mph

  • #36. Cincinnati, OH
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    #36. Cincinnati, OH

    International rank: #169
    Hours lost in congestion: 60
    Cost of congestion per driver: $834
    Inner city travel time: 4 min.
    Inner city last mile speed: 16 mph

  • #35. Madison, WI
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    #35. Madison, WI

    International rank: #164
    Hours lost in congestion: 67
    Cost of congestion per driver: $939
    Inner city travel time: 4 min.
    Inner city last mile speed: 14 mph

  • #34. San Antonio, TX
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    #34. San Antonio, TX

    International rank: #163
    Hours lost in congestion: 60
    Cost of congestion per driver: $832
    Inner city travel time: 4 min.
    Inner city last mile speed: 17 mph

  • #33. El Paso, TX
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    #33. El Paso, TX

    International rank: #162
    Hours lost in congestion: 66
    Cost of congestion per driver: $916
    Inner city travel time: 4 min.
    Inner city last mile speed: 13 mph

  • #32. Cleveland, OH
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    #32. Cleveland, OH

    International rank: #161
    Hours lost in congestion: 62
    Cost of congestion per driver: $869
    Inner city travel time: 4 min.
    Inner city last mile speed: 15 mph

  • #31. Las Vegas, NV
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    #31. Las Vegas, NV

    International rank: #160
    Hours lost in congestion: 63
    Cost of congestion per driver: $883
    Inner city travel time: 4 min.
    Inner city last mile speed: 16 mph

  • #30. Sacramento, CA
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    #30. Sacramento, CA

    International rank: #156
    Hours lost in congestion: 69
    Cost of congestion per driver: $957
    Inner city travel time: 4 min.
    Inner city last mile speed: 15 mph

  • #29. Buffalo, NY
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    #29. Buffalo, NY

    International rank: #151
    Hours lost in congestion: 72
    Cost of congestion per driver: $1,009
    Inner city travel time: 6 min.
    Inner city last mile speed: 11 mph

  • #28. Lexington, KY
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    #28. Lexington, KY

    International rank: #148
    Hours lost in congestion: 79
    Cost of congestion per driver: $1,108
    Inner city travel time: 4 min.
    Inner city last mile speed: 14 mph

  • #27. Detroit, MI
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    #27. Detroit, MI

    International rank: #146
    Hours lost in congestion: 66
    Cost of congestion per driver: $926
    Inner city travel time: 3 min.
    Inner city last mile speed: 18 mph

  • #26. New Orleans, LA
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    #26. New Orleans, LA

    International rank: #137
    Hours lost in congestion: 73
    Cost of congestion per driver: $1,023
    Inner city travel time: 5 min.
    Inner city last mile speed: 12 mph

  • #25. Columbus, OH
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    #25. Columbus, OH

    International rank: #135
    Hours lost in congestion: 71
    Cost of congestion per driver: $990
    Inner city travel time: 4 min.
    Inner city last mile speed: 14 mph

  • #24. Minneapolis, MN
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    #24. Minneapolis, MN

    International rank: #132
    Hours lost in congestion: 70
    Cost of congestion per driver: $971
    Inner city travel time: 4 min.
    Inner city last mile speed: 14 mph

  • #23. Orlando, FL
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    #23. Orlando, FL

    International rank: #127
    Hours lost in congestion: 74
    Cost of congestion per driver: $1,037
    Inner city travel time: 4 min.
    Inner city last mile speed: 15 mph

  • #22. Phoenix, AZ
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    #22. Phoenix, AZ

    International rank: #125
    Hours lost in congestion: 73
    Cost of congestion per driver: $1,013
    Inner city travel time: 4 min.
    Inner city last mile speed: 17 mph

  • #21. Dallas, TX
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    #21. Dallas, TX

    International rank: #122
    Hours lost in congestion: 76
    Cost of congestion per driver: $1,065
    Inner city travel time: 4 min.
    Inner city last mile speed: 17 mph

  • #20. Nashville, TN
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    #20. Nashville, TN

    International rank: #114
    Hours lost in congestion: 87
    Cost of congestion per driver: $1,221
    Inner city travel time: 4 min.
    Inner city last mile speed: 16 mph

  • #19. Denver, CO
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    #19. Denver, CO

    International rank: #112
    Hours lost in congestion: 83
    Cost of congestion per driver: $1,152
    Inner city travel time: 5 min.
    Inner city last mile speed: 13 mph

  • #18. Honolulu, HI
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    #18. Honolulu, HI

    International rank: #111
    Hours lost in congestion: 92
    Cost of congestion per driver: $1,282
    Inner city travel time: 5 min.
    Inner city last mile speed: 12 mph

  • #17. Tampa, FL
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    #17. Tampa, FL

    International rank: #107
    Hours lost in congestion: 87
    Cost of congestion per driver: $1,216
    Inner city travel time: 5 min.
    Inner city last mile speed: 13 mph

  • #16. Charlotte, NC
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    #16. Charlotte, NC

    International rank: #91
    Hours lost in congestion: 95
    Cost of congestion per driver: $1,332
    Inner city travel time: 5 min.
    Inner city last mile speed: 12 mph

  • #15. Baltimore, MD
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    #15. Baltimore, MD

    International rank: #88
    Hours lost in congestion: 94
    Cost of congestion per driver: $1,315
    Inner city travel time: 6 min.
    Inner city last mile speed: 10 mph

  • #14. Austin, TX
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    #14. Austin, TX

    International rank: #84
    Hours lost in congestion: 104
    Cost of congestion per driver: $1,452
    Inner city travel time: 5 min.
    Inner city last mile speed: 13 mph

  • #13. Houston, TX
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    #13. Houston, TX

    International rank: #77
    Hours lost in congestion: 98
    Cost of congestion per driver: $1,365
    Inner city travel time: 4 min.
    Inner city last mile speed: 15 mph

  • #12. Miami, FL
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    #12. Miami, FL

    International rank: #73
    Hours lost in congestion: 105
    Cost of congestion per driver: $1,470
    Inner city travel time: 5 min.
    Inner city last mile speed: 12 mph

  • #11. Atlanta, GA
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    #11. Atlanta, GA

    International rank: #71
    Hours lost in congestion: 108
    Cost of congestion per driver: $1,505
    Inner city travel time: 4 min.
    Inner city last mile speed: 14 mph

  • #10. Portland, OR
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    #10. Portland, OR

    International rank: #70
    Hours lost in congestion: 116
    Cost of congestion per driver: $1,625
    Inner city travel time: 5 min.
    Inner city last mile speed: 13 mph

  • #9. Philadelphia, PA
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    #9. Philadelphia, PA

    International rank: #69
    Hours lost in congestion: 112
    Cost of congestion per driver: $1,568
    Inner city travel time: 6 min.
    Inner city last mile speed: 10 mph

  • #8. San Francisco, CA
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    #8. San Francisco, CA

    International rank: #65
    Hours lost in congestion: 116
    Cost of congestion per driver: $1,624
    Inner city travel time: 6 min.
    Inner city last mile speed: 10 mph

  • #7. Pittsburgh, PA
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    #7. Pittsburgh, PA

    International rank: #59
    Hours lost in congestion: 127
    Cost of congestion per driver: $1,776
    Inner city travel time: 5 min.
    Inner city last mile speed: 13 mph

  • #6. Seattle, WA
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    #6. Seattle, WA

    International rank: #58
    Hours lost in congestion: 138
    Cost of congestion per driver: $932
    Inner city travel time: 6 min.
    Inner city last mile speed: 10 mph

  • #5. Los Angeles, CA
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    #5. Los Angeles, CA

    International rank: #47
    Hours lost in congestion: 128
    Cost of congestion per driver: $1,788
    Inner city travel time: 4 min.
    Inner city last mile speed: 14 mph

  • #4. New York City, NY
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    #4. New York City, NY

    International rank: #40
    Hours lost in congestion: 133
    Cost of congestion per driver: $1,859
    Inner city travel time: 7 min.
    Inner city last mile speed: 9 mph

  • #3. Chicago, IL
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    #3. Chicago, IL

    International rank: #23
    Hours lost in congestion: 138
    Cost of congestion per driver: $1,920
    Inner city travel time: 5 min.
    Inner city last mile speed: 12 mph

  • #2. Washington, DC
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    #2. Washington, DC

    International rank: #19
    Hours lost in congestion: 155
    Cost of congestion per driver: $2,161
    Inner city travel time: 5 min.
    Inner city last mile speed: 11 mph

  • #1. Boston, MA
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    #1. Boston, MA

    International rank: #8
    Hours lost in congestion: 164
    Cost of congestion per driver: $2,291
    Inner city travel time: 6 min.
    Inner city last mile speed: 11 mph

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