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D.C. ranks 6th in nation for worst traffic

Tuesday - 5/22/2012, 8:23am  ET

WASHINGTON - Daily commutes in the Washington area can be brutal. D.C. has fallen to sixth in an annual ranking of the nation's worst traffic cities, a drop from fourth in 2010.

The INRIX study found that the worst time for traffic in Washington is 5:45 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Thursday evenings.

While it may be difficult for commuters to believe, the study also finds that there was a 30 percent drop in traffic congestion across the country in 2011. The drop is attributed to high gas prices and the sluggish economy, according to INRIX.

Here are the 10 worst traffic cities:

1. Honolulu

2. Los Angeles

3. San Francisco

4. New York

5. Bridgeport, Connecticut

6. Washington, D.C.

7. Seattle

8. Austin

9. Boston

10. Chicago

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