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Morning rush hour traffic makes it's way along US 101 near downtown Los Angeles on Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2016. (AP Photo/Richard Vogel)

Los Angeles has the worst traffic in the world. Here's the rest of the top 10.


It's official. Los Angeles has the worst traffic of any city in the world, and the U.S. is the most congested developed nation.

A new report from traffic research organization INRIX found L.A. rush hour traffic cost drivers an average of 104 hours and $2,408 a year. 

However, if you account for all hours and not just rush hour, New York, San Francisco and Boston drivers face more congestion. But Moscow and Bogota, Colombia, have them both beat. Bogota drivers are in slow traffic a whopping 31.8 percent of the time. 

The 10 most congested cities (by hours lost to rush hour traffic per year) 

  1. Los Angeles, 104
  2. Moscow, 91
  3. New York, 89
  4. San Francisco, 83
  5. Bogota, 80
  6. Sao Paulo, 77
  7. London, 73
  8. Atlanta, 71
  9. Paris, 65
  10. Miami, 65
Traffic truly is a double-edged sword.
Bob Pishue, INRIX senior economist

While traffic is generally awful, it's also a sign of good things, like a stable economy, employment growth and low gas prices, said Bob Pishue, senior economist at INRIX. But it also costs nations hundreds of billions of dollars, threatens future growth and pollutes the air.

10 most congested U.S. cities (by hours lost to rush hour traffic per year)

  1. Los Angeles, 104
  2. New York, 89
  3. San Francisco, 83
  4. Atlanta, 71
  5. Miami, 65
  6. Washington, D.C., 61
  7. Dallas, 59
  8. Boston, 58
  9. Chicago, 57
  10. Seattle, 55

10 most congested U.S. roads (by total hours of delay per driver) 

  1. New York, I-95 west 
  2. Chicago, I-90/I-94 north 
  3. New York, I-95 east
  4. Boston, I-93 north 
  5. Los Angeles, I-10 east
  6. Austin, I-35 south
  7. New York, 5th Avenue south
  8. New York, NJ-495 east
  9. Philadelphia, I-76 south
  10. Chicago, I-90/I-94 south
Bangkok traffic.jpg
In this Friday, Jan. 13, 2017, photo, cars and motorcycles wait in traffic at the Rachprasong Intersection across from the Erawan Shrine in Bangkok, Thailand. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

Last year, the U.S. tied for the fourth-worst traffic in the world with Russia. Thailand took the top spot (the above photo shows Bangkok, which ranked 12th this year). This year, the U.S. has 11 of the top 25 most-congested cities.

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