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Cities With the World’s Worst Traffic Congestion

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One Russian city, residents spent the equivalent of almost nine days in 2018 stuck in traffic. Moscow commuters lose nearly nine days a year sitting in city traffic, a new report finds.

With drivers spending an average of 210 hours in peak rush hour periods last year, Moscow was the most traffic-congested city in the world in 2018, according to an annual scorecard by INRIX, a data analytics company that delivers insight into how people move around the world.

Istanbul, Bogota, Mexico City and Sao Paulo rounded out the top 5 most congested cities worldwide.

The 2018 traffic scorecard analyzed the per capita time spent in congestion, as well as its severity, in more than 200 cities across 38 countries. Rankings were based on the total number of hours lost in traffic during peak commute periods compared to free-flow periods as well as the average speed and the time it took to travel one mile into a city’s business district during rush hour.

“Congestion is an indiscriminate global phenomenon that is dramatically impacted by population, the economy, infrastructure and the proliferation of rideshare and delivery services,” the report says. “It also imposes massive costs both economically and socially.”

At about 272 hours on average, drivers in Colombia’s capital lost the most hours due to traffic congestion in 2018, according to the report.

The 10 Most Congested Cities in the World in 2018:

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Congestion Rank : 1
Metro Area : Moscow
Country : Russia
Hours Lost to Congestion : 210

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Congestion Rank : 2
Metro Area : Istanbul
Country : Turkey
Hours Lost to Congestion : 157

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Congestion Rank : 3
Metro Area : Bogota
Country : Colombia
Hours Lost to Congestion : 272

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Congestion Rank : 4
Metro Area : Mexico City
Country : Mexico
Hours Lost to Congestion : 218

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Congestion Rank : 5
Metro Area : Sao Paulo
Country : Brazil
Hours Lost to Congestion : 154

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Congestion Rank : 6
Metro Area : London
Country : United Kingdom
Hours Lost to Congestion : 227

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Congestion Rank : 7
Metro Area : Rio de Janeiro
Country : Brazil
Hours Lost to Congestion : 199

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Congestion Rank : 8
Metro Area : Boston
Country : United States
Hours Lost to Congestion : 164

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Congestion Rank : 9
Metro Area : Saint Petersburg
Country : Russia
Hours Lost to Congestion : 200

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Congestion Rank : 10
Metro Area : Rome
Country : Italy
Hours Lost to Congestion : 254

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