Photos: 25 most congested North American cities -- and where Denver falls

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Think Denver traffic is bad? You're right -- although there are plenty of other places that have it worse. INRIX.com tracks traffic across a broad spectrum of communities, and its scorecard for the 25 most congested cities in North America includes the Mile High City.

Where's Denver fall? We've compiled the top 25, complete with photos and data showing how many hours drivers in each place have wasted in the past year, the past month and the current month. Count them down below.

Number 25: Dallas

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Hours wasted in congestion trailing 12 months: 22.0 hours
Hours wasted in congestion current month: 1.6 hours
Hours wasted in congestion month last year: 1.7 hours

Number 24: Tampa

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Hours wasted in congestion trailing 12 months: 21.6 hours
Hours wasted in congestion current month: 1.9 hours
Hours wasted in congestion month last year: 1.9 hours

Number 23: Atlanta

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Hours wasted in congestion trailing 12 months: 26 hours
Hours wasted in congestion current month: 2.6 hours
Hours wasted in congestion month last year: 1.9 hours

Number 22: Baltimore

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Hours wasted in congestion trailing 12 months: 26.7 hours
Hours wasted in congestion current month: 2.2 hours
Hours wasted in congestion month last year: 2.2 hours

Number 21: Denver

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Hours wasted in congestion trailing 12 months: 24.0 hours
Hours wasted in congestion current month: 2.4 hours
Hours wasted in congestion month last year: 1.7 hours

Continue to keep counting down the 25 most congested North American cities.

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43 comments
Steve Potts
Steve Potts

Westword starring as Captain Obvious!

Lawrence Sena
Lawrence Sena

Only because of the construction. I have to go 2 miles to leave my neighborhood which otherwise would take about a quarter mile. The Knox Street bridge needs to be finished ASAP thank you.

Margaux Milchen
Margaux Milchen

Katie Clow..I know all the ins and outs but still get stuck in rush hour no matter which side street I take...so bullfeathers.

Katie Pollard
Katie Pollard

I would blame the fact that no one bothers to learn their way around - it is SUPER easy to get around the nonsense if you actually know the city.

Brent Labb
Brent Labb

Denver is right next to Atlanta? I'm calling bs on whoever conducted this study

Ray Marquez
Ray Marquez

Every day I sit at green lights for at least five seconds because the person in front of me decides to check his/her phone and post on Facebook or whatever it is they're doing. When it finally turns red again, at least three people will run the light. Every damn day.

Robbie Ratay
Robbie Ratay

Yall ask some stupid fucking questions. Of course the traffic is getting worse

Brian Martinez
Brian Martinez

The metro north light rail needs to get built yesterday.

Amy Forrest
Amy Forrest

Of course it's getting worse...we are all in a damn hurry!

Matthew Munn
Matthew Munn

Today's traffic has sucked all the dicks.

Monte Aaron
Monte Aaron

I was just thinking the last two weeks in particular have been unusually bad. 70% of my job is driving and I haven't seen it so bad in years.

Susan Zimbelman Flory
Susan Zimbelman Flory

Really Atlanta #23...???? I would think it would be at least in the top 10...

AJ Cleland
AJ Cleland

Try Topeka, KS @ 5:15pm. Oh holy hell nightmare traffic.

Skye Cameron
Skye Cameron

Dallas drivers area kamakazi...they'll take you out but they'll go out with you. Denver drivers are entitled...each and every one believes they own the road. I've lived in several major cities but these are the two that always strike me as most dangerous and those are my thoughts behind the subject.

Joseph Powell
Joseph Powell

It's funny. After having lived in at least five cities all over the country, every single one of them has had the worst traffic and drivers. Who knew?

Ross McAfee
Ross McAfee

I'd be much more interested to see it compared to even one year ago here. It's crazy how much worse it's gotten year to year lately.

Dollie Hendrix
Dollie Hendrix

Being from Atlanta and living there, i would say Denver's traffic is worse, only because the road systems are out dated and can't handle the constant growth.

Dan Rib
Dan Rib

Los Angeles is the worst. Trying to get east of the 405 at rush hour tops any city.

Kevin Doyle
Kevin Doyle

No way Denver is worse than Atlanta or Dallas. Not in my experience.

davebarnes
davebarnes topcommenter

Guess I will never know as the list is broken into many parts for NO GOOD REASON.

michael.roberts
michael.roberts moderator editortopcommenter

Just got back from visiting California, and I got stuck in a couple of brutal LA traffic jams. Thanks for posting, Katie.

michael.roberts
michael.roberts moderator editortopcommenter

Good point, Julian. Thanks for weighing in.

michael.roberts
michael.roberts moderator editortopcommenter

Funny post, Joseph. Thanks.

michael.roberts
michael.roberts moderator editortopcommenter

A lot of readers agree with you, Ross. Thanks for posting.

michael.roberts
michael.roberts moderator editortopcommenter

Thanks for the post, Dollie. We're going to feature it as an upcoming Comment of the Day. Much appreciated.

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