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50 most congested cities in America

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    50 most congested cities in America

    Traffic is a word with a pretty negative connotation for most people. Not only does the word make people cringe, but the actual consequences of traffic often compound making it hard to escape. During rush-hour, many commuters slow down the traffic stream due to street capacity and overall infrastructure organization.

    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 awhile before we see massive reductions in congestion.

    Using data from INRIX factors like: international ranking, hours spent in congestion, time spent in traffic during peak hours, Stacker has analyzed the top 50 most congested cities in the United States. Yes, New York City and Los Angeles are on top of the list. But, some places will surprise like San Rafael, California and Woodbridge, Virginia where there have rising rates in congestion.

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    #50: New Orleans, LA

    International Rank: 320

    2017 Hours Spent in Congestion: 24

    INRIX Congestion Index: 4.30

    Time Spent in Traffic during Peak Hours: 11%

    Time Spent in Traffic during Daytime Hours: 5%

    Overall Percent of Time Spent in Congestion: 7%

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    #49: Escondido, CA

    International Rank: 318

    2017 Hours Spent in Congestion: 24

    INRIX Congestion Index: 3.90

    Time Spent in Traffic during Peak Hours: 14%

    Time Spent in Traffic during Daytime Hours: 6%

    Overall Percent of Time Spent in Congestion: 7%

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    #48: Las Vegas, NV

    International Rank: 314

    2017 Hours Spent in Congestion: 24

    INRIX Congestion Index: 4.80

    Time Spent in Traffic during Peak Hours: 11%

    Time Spent in Traffic during Daytime Hours: 7%

    Overall Percent of Time Spent in Congestion: 8%

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    #47: Annapolis, MD

    International Rank: 312

    2017 Hours Spent in Congestion: 24

    INRIX Congestion Index: 4.10

    Time Spent in Traffic during Peak Hours: 14%

    Time Spent in Traffic during Daytime Hours: 7%

    Overall Percent of Time Spent in Congestion: 8%

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    #46: Dublin, CA

    International Rank: 309

    2017 Hours Spent in Congestion: 24

    INRIX Congestion Index: 4.80

    Time Spent in Traffic during Peak Hours: 14%

    Time Spent in Traffic during Daytime Hours: 10%

    Overall Percent of Time Spent in Congestion: 9%

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    #45: Dana Point, CA

    International Rank: 308

    2017 Hours Spent in Congestion: 24

    INRIX Congestion Index: 5.40

    Time Spent in Traffic during Peak Hours: 15%

    Time Spent in Traffic during Daytime Hours: 12%

    Overall Percent of Time Spent in Congestion: 13%

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    #44: Sacramento, CA

    International Rank: 303

    2017 Hours Spent in Congestion: 25

    INRIX Congestion Index: 4.40

    Time Spent in Traffic during Peak Hours: 11%

    Time Spent in Traffic during Daytime Hours: 6%

    Overall Percent of Time Spent in Congestion: 7%

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    #43: Lowell, MA

    International Rank: 301

    2017 Hours Spent in Congestion: 25

    INRIX Congestion Index: 4.20

    Time Spent in Traffic during Peak Hours: 14%

    Time Spent in Traffic during Daytime Hours: 6%

    Overall Percent of Time Spent in Congestion: 9%

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    #42: San Antonio, TX

    International Rank: 297

    2017 Hours Spent in Congestion: 25

    INRIX Congestion Index: 4.30

    Time Spent in Traffic during Peak Hours: 10%

    Time Spent in Traffic during Daytime Hours: 5%

    Overall Percent of Time Spent in Congestion: 6%

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    #41: Monterey, CA

    International Rank: 293

    2017 Hours Spent in Congestion: 25

    INRIX Congestion Index: 4.60

    Time Spent in Traffic during Peak Hours: 14%

    Time Spent in Traffic during Daytime Hours: 8%

    Overall Percent of Time Spent in Congestion: 10%

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    #40: North Charleston, SC

    International Rank: 292

    2017 Hours Spent in Congestion: 25

    INRIX Congestion Index: 3.60

    Time Spent in Traffic during Peak Hours: 15%

    Time Spent in Traffic during Daytime Hours: 3%

    Overall Percent of Time Spent in Congestion: 6%

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    #39: Fairfield, CA

    International Rank: 277

    2017 Hours Spent in Congestion: 26

    INRIX Congestion Index: 5.00

    Time Spent in Traffic during Peak Hours: 15%

    Time Spent in Traffic during Daytime Hours: 10%

    Overall Percent of Time Spent in Congestion: 10%

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    #38: Cincinnati, OH

    International Rank: 262

    2017 Hours Spent in Congestion: 26

    INRIX Congestion Index: 4.60

    Time Spent in Traffic during Peak Hours: 13%

    Time Spent in Traffic during Daytime Hours: 6%

    Overall Percent of Time Spent in Congestion: 7%

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    #37: Framingham, MA

    International Rank: 259

    2017 Hours Spent in Congestion: 26

    INRIX Congestion Index: 4.30

    Time Spent in Traffic during Peak Hours: 16%

    Time Spent in Traffic during Daytime Hours: 6%

    Overall Percent of Time Spent in Congestion: 8%

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    #36: Baltimore, MD

    International Rank: 252

    2017 Hours Spent in Congestion: 27

    INRIX Congestion Index: 4.90

    Time Spent in Traffic during Peak Hours: 11%

    Time Spent in Traffic during Daytime Hours: 6%

    Overall Percent of Time Spent in Congestion: 7%

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    #35: Woodbridge, VA

    International Rank: 249

    2017 Hours Spent in Congestion: 27

    INRIX Congestion Index: 5.60

    Time Spent in Traffic during Peak Hours: 16%

    Time Spent in Traffic during Daytime Hours: 11%

    Overall Percent of Time Spent in Congestion: 12%

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    #34: Concord, CA

    International Rank: 236

    2017 Hours Spent in Congestion: 27

    INRIX Congestion Index: 4.40

    Time Spent in Traffic during Peak Hours: 15%

    Time Spent in Traffic during Daytime Hours: 6%

    Overall Percent of Time Spent in Congestion: 8%

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    #33: Tampa, FL

    International Rank: 228

    2017 Hours Spent in Congestion: 28

    INRIX Congestion Index: 4.60

    Time Spent in Traffic during Peak Hours: 13%

    Time Spent in Traffic during Daytime Hours: 5%

    Overall Percent of Time Spent in Congestion: 7%

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    #32: Kaneohe, HI

    International Rank: 223

    2017 Hours Spent in Congestion: 28

    INRIX Congestion Index: 5.50

    Time Spent in Traffic during Peak Hours: 16%

    Time Spent in Traffic during Daytime Hours: 10%

    Overall Percent of Time Spent in Congestion: 11%

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    #31: Columbia, MD

    International Rank: 176

    2017 Hours Spent in Congestion: 31

    INRIX Congestion Index: 5.30

    Time Spent in Traffic during Peak Hours: 18%

    Time Spent in Traffic during Daytime Hours: 7%

    Overall Percent of Time Spent in Congestion: 10%

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    #30: Everett, WA

    International Rank: 169

    2017 Hours Spent in Congestion: 31

    INRIX Congestion Index: 5.30

    Time Spent in Traffic during Peak Hours: 21%

    Time Spent in Traffic during Daytime Hours: 7%

    Overall Percent of Time Spent in Congestion: 11%

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    #29: Pittsburgh, PA

    International Rank: 160

    2017 Hours Spent in Congestion: 32

    INRIX Congestion Index: 5.40

    Time Spent in Traffic during Peak Hours: 19%

    Time Spent in Traffic during Daytime Hours: 8%

    Overall Percent of Time Spent in Congestion: 10%

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    #28: Baton Rouge, LA

    International Rank: 158

    2017 Hours Spent in Congestion: 32

    INRIX Congestion Index: 5.60

    Time Spent in Traffic during Peak Hours: 18%

    Time Spent in Traffic during Daytime Hours: 9%

    Overall Percent of Time Spent in Congestion: 10%

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    #27: Nashville, TN

    International Rank: 150

    2017 Hours Spent in Congestion: 33

    INRIX Congestion Index: 5.70

    Time Spent in Traffic during Peak Hours: 19%

    Time Spent in Traffic during Daytime Hours: 9%

    Overall Percent of Time Spent in Congestion: 11%

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    #26: Phoenix, AZ

    International Rank: 140

    2017 Hours Spent in Congestion: 34

    INRIX Congestion Index: 5.80

    Time Spent in Traffic during Peak Hours: 9%

    Time Spent in Traffic during Daytime Hours: 4%

    Overall Percent of Time Spent in Congestion: 6%

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    #25: Orlando, FL

    International Rank: 139

    2017 Hours Spent in Congestion: 34

    INRIX Congestion Index: 6.40

    Time Spent in Traffic during Peak Hours: 11%

    Time Spent in Traffic during Daytime Hours: 6%

    Overall Percent of Time Spent in Congestion: 7%

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    #24: Santa Barbara, CA

    International Rank: 130

    2017 Hours Spent in Congestion: 35

    INRIX Congestion Index: 6.20

    Time Spent in Traffic during Peak Hours: 20%

    Time Spent in Traffic during Daytime Hours: 10%

    Overall Percent of Time Spent in Congestion: 13%

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    #23: Detroit, MI

    International Rank: 127

    2017 Hours Spent in Congestion: 35

    INRIX Congestion Index: 6.00

    Time Spent in Traffic during Peak Hours: 10%

    Time Spent in Traffic during Daytime Hours: 5%

    Overall Percent of Time Spent in Congestion: 6%

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    #22: San Rafael, CA

    International Rank: 124

    2017 Hours Spent in Congestion: 35

    INRIX Congestion Index: 5.70

    Time Spent in Traffic during Peak Hours: 21%

    Time Spent in Traffic during Daytime Hours: 9%

    Overall Percent of Time Spent in Congestion: 11%

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    #21: Denver, CO

    International Rank: 120

    2017 Hours Spent in Congestion: 36

    INRIX Congestion Index: 6.50

    Time Spent in Traffic during Peak Hours: 13%

    Time Spent in Traffic during Daytime Hours: 7%

    Overall Percent of Time Spent in Congestion: 8%

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    #20: Honolulu, HI

    International Rank: 116

    2017 Hours Spent in Congestion: 37

    INRIX Congestion Index: 6.70

    Time Spent in Traffic during Peak Hours: 17%

    Time Spent in Traffic during Daytime Hours: 10%

    Overall Percent of Time Spent in Congestion: 11%

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    #19: Santa Cruz, CA

    International Rank: 109

    2017 Hours Spent in Congestion: 37

    INRIX Congestion Index: 6.90

    Time Spent in Traffic during Peak Hours: 22%

    Time Spent in Traffic during Daytime Hours: 12%

    Overall Percent of Time Spent in Congestion: 14%

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    #18: Philadelphia, PA

    International Rank: 108

    2017 Hours Spent in Congestion: 37

    INRIX Congestion Index: 6.80

    Time Spent in Traffic during Peak Hours: 12%

    Time Spent in Traffic during Daytime Hours: 7%

    Overall Percent of Time Spent in Congestion: 8%

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    #17: Minneapolis, MN

    International Rank: 85

    2017 Hours Spent in Congestion: 41

    INRIX Congestion Index: 6.50

    Time Spent in Traffic during Peak Hours: 14%

    Time Spent in Traffic during Daytime Hours: 5%

    Overall Percent of Time Spent in Congestion: 7%

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    #16: Tacoma, WA

    International Rank: 83

    2017 Hours Spent in Congestion: 41

    INRIX Congestion Index: 7.00

    Time Spent in Traffic during Peak Hours: 20%

    Time Spent in Traffic during Daytime Hours: 10%

    Overall Percent of Time Spent in Congestion: 11%

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    #15: Stamford, CT

    International Rank: 81

    2017 Hours Spent in Congestion: 41

    INRIX Congestion Index: 7.20

    Time Spent in Traffic during Peak Hours: 23%

    Time Spent in Traffic during Daytime Hours: 12%

    Overall Percent of Time Spent in Congestion: 13%

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    #14: Austin, TX

    International Rank: 72

    2017 Hours Spent in Congestion: 43

    INRIX Congestion Index: 7.40

    Time Spent in Traffic during Peak Hours: 20%

    Time Spent in Traffic during Daytime Hours: 8%

    Overall Percent of Time Spent in Congestion: 11%

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    #13: San Diego, CA

    International Rank: 45

    2017 Hours Spent in Congestion: 48

    INRIX Congestion Index: 7.70

    Time Spent in Traffic during Peak Hours: 19%

    Time Spent in Traffic during Daytime Hours: 7%

    Overall Percent of Time Spent in Congestion: 10%

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    #12: Portland, OR

    International Rank: 40

    2017 Hours Spent in Congestion: 50

    INRIX Congestion Index: 8.10

    Time Spent in Traffic during Peak Hours: 21%

    Time Spent in Traffic during Daytime Hours: 9%

    Overall Percent of Time Spent in Congestion: 11%

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    #11: Houston, TX

    International Rank: 37

    2017 Hours Spent in Congestion: 50

    INRIX Congestion Index: 8.40

    Time Spent in Traffic during Peak Hours: 13%

    Time Spent in Traffic during Daytime Hours: 5%

    Overall Percent of Time Spent in Congestion: 7%

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    #10: Dallas, TX

    International Rank: 28

    2017 Hours Spent in Congestion: 54

    INRIX Congestion Index: 9.30

    Time Spent in Traffic during Peak Hours: 11%

    Time Spent in Traffic during Daytime Hours: 5%

    Overall Percent of Time Spent in Congestion: 6%

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    #9: Seattle, WA

    International Rank: 26

    2017 Hours Spent in Congestion: 55

    INRIX Congestion Index: 9.60

    Time Spent in Traffic during Peak Hours: 22%

    Time Spent in Traffic during Daytime Hours: 11%

    Overall Percent of Time Spent in Congestion: 12%

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    #8: Chicago, IL

    International Rank: 22

    2017 Hours Spent in Congestion: 57

    INRIX Congestion Index: 10.30

    Time Spent in Traffic during Peak Hours: 17%

    Time Spent in Traffic during Daytime Hours: 9%

    Overall Percent of Time Spent in Congestion: 10%

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    #7: Boston, MA

    International Rank: 19

    2017 Hours Spent in Congestion: 60

    INRIX Congestion Index: 10.60

    Time Spent in Traffic during Peak Hours: 23%

    Time Spent in Traffic during Daytime Hours: 12%

    Overall Percent of Time Spent in Congestion: 14%

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    #6: Washington, DC

    International Rank: 18

    2017 Hours Spent in Congestion: 63

    INRIX Congestion Index: 10.80

    Time Spent in Traffic during Peak Hours: 20%

    Time Spent in Traffic during Daytime Hours: 9%

    Overall Percent of Time Spent in Congestion: 11%

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    #5: Miami, FL

    International Rank: 14

    2017 Hours Spent in Congestion: 64

    INRIX Congestion Index: 11.80

    Time Spent in Traffic during Peak Hours: 13%

    Time Spent in Traffic during Daytime Hours: 7%

    Overall Percent of Time Spent in Congestion: 9%

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    #4: Atlanta, GA

    International Rank: 10

    2017 Hours Spent in Congestion: 70

    INRIX Congestion Index: 12.30

    Time Spent in Traffic during Peak Hours: 17%

    Time Spent in Traffic during Daytime Hours: 9%

    Overall Percent of Time Spent in Congestion: 10%

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    #3: San Francisco, CA

    International Rank: 5

    2017 Hours Spent in Congestion: 79

    INRIX Congestion Index: 13.70

    Time Spent in Traffic during Peak Hours: 21%

    Time Spent in Traffic during Daytime Hours: 10%

    Overall Percent of Time Spent in Congestion: 12%

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    #2: New York City, NY

    International Rank: 3

    2017 Hours Spent in Congestion: 91

    INRIX Congestion Index: 17.40

    Time Spent in Traffic during Peak Hours: 19%

    Time Spent in Traffic during Daytime Hours: 11%

    Overall Percent of Time Spent in Congestion: 13%

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    #1: Los Angeles, CA

    International Rank: 1

    2017 Hours Spent in Congestion: 102

    INRIX Congestion Index: 18.30

    Time Spent in Traffic during Peak Hours: 21%

    Time Spent in Traffic during Daytime Hours: 11%

    Overall Percent of Time Spent in Congestion: 12%

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