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The world’s 20 Worst Cities For Traffic Jams, 2017

According to figures from GPS manufacturer TomTom, the world’s most congested city is by far Mexico City. So, who takes the top (worst) honor?

Mexico City (Mexico) received a score of 66%, meaning it took commuters 66% more time to travel anywhere in the city during peak times than it did when driving in uncongested conditions. That’s a 4% increase from the year before, showing congestion is becoming a bigger issue in the Mexico city.

It ranked 390 cities across 48 countries that have the most traffic congestion in its 2017 Traffic Index and gave each a congestion score out of 100. Each percentage represents how much extra travel time it took on average to make any trip, anywhere in the city. Here’s where you’re most likely to get stuck in a traffic jam.

Here are the 20 most congested cities in the world, 2017:

1. Mexico City, Mexico, received a score of 66%, a 7-point uptick from the year prior.
2. Bangkok, Thailand, secured a score of 61%, a 4 point increase from the year before.
3. Jakarta, Indonesia, got the same score as it did in 2016: 58%, the same as the year prior.

4. Chongqing, China, got a score of 52%, a 14-point increase from 2016.
5. Bucharest, Romania, got a score of 50%, a 2-point increase from 2016.

6. Istanbul, Turkey, got a score of 49%, a 2-point decrease from 2016.
7. Chengdu, China, got a score of 47%, a 6-point increase from the year before.
8. Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, got a score of 47%, the same as the year prior.
9. Tainan, Taiwan, got a score of 46%, a 10-point increase from the year before.
10. Beijing, China, got a score of 46%, a 8-point increase from the year before.

11. Changsha, China, got a score of 45%, a 6-point increase from the year before.
12. Los Angeles, USA, got a score of 45%, a 4-point increase from the year before.
13. Moscow, Russia, got a score of 44%.
14. Guangzhou, China, got a score of 44%, a 7-point increase from the year before.
15. Shenzhen, China, got a score of 44%, a 7-point increase from the year before.

16. Hangzhou, China, got a score of 43%, a 5-point increase from the year before.
17. Santiago de Chile, Chile, got a score of 43%, the same as the year prior.
18. Shijiazhuang, China, got a score of 42%, a 6-point increase from the year before.
19. Buenos Aires, Argentina, got a score of 42%, the same as the year prior.
20. Kaohsiung, Taiwan, got a score of 41%, a 5-point increase from the year before.

Prof. Dr. Amarendra Bhushan Dhiraj
Prof. Dr. Amarendra Bhushan Dhiraj is a media and technology executive, macro-economist, strategic thinker, chair, and chief executive officer of the CEOWORLD magazine, one of the world’s most influential and recognized global news publications. Under Dr. Amarendra's leadership, CEOWORLD magazine has become the world's most iconic news organization, whose rigorous reporting and unsurpassed storytelling connect with millions of business leaders daily. Additionally, he serves as the chair and founding member of the CEOWORLD magazine’s Inclusion Advisory Board.

In his current role, he counsels and collaborates with c-suite executives of large multinational corporations, helping them drive change in their companies to improve their competitiveness. Dr. Amarendra has extensive experience in serving on numerous boards. He leads and supports a globally dispersed team of columnists, correspondents, editors, journalists, reporters, researchers, and industry analysts.

He received his Ph.D. in Finance and Banking from the European Global School, Paris, France. He also received his Doctoral Degree in Chartered Accountancy from the European International University Paris, France, and a Doctorate in Business Administration from Kyiv National University of Technologies and Design (KNUTD), Ukraine. He earned his Master of Business Administration degree in Finance and his master’s degree in Chartered Accountancy (CA) from European Global School Paris. Dr. Amarendra also holds a Master of Business Administration degree in International Relations and Affairs from the American University of Athens, Alabama, United States.

As CEO, he transformed the CEOWORLD magazine into a highly efficient, digital-first, profitable enterprise. Today, CEOWORLD magazine is a standard bearer for modern responsible journalism. Dr. Amarendra retains a strong desire to continuously improve his skills and abilities and believes that the first step to being a true leader is to inspire others to lead with you.


Prof. Dr. Amarendra Bhushan Dhiraj is the CHAIR, CEO, AND EDITORIAL DIRECTOR of the CEOWORLD magazine. Connect with him through LinkedIn.