Table 5-4: Highway, Demographic, and Geographic Characteristics of 30 Largest Urbanized Areas: 2003

Table 5-4: Highway, Demographic, and Geographic Characteristics of 30 Largest Urbanized Areas: 2003

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Federal-aid urbanized area1 State(s) Total roadway miles Total DVMT (thousands) Estimated population (thousands) Net land area (square miles) Persons per square mile Miles of roadway per thousand persons Total DVMT per capita Total estimated freeway lane miles2 Average daily traffic per freeway lane mile
New York-Newark NY, NJ, CT 42,421 290,054 17,717 4,778 3,708 2.4 16.4 7,171 15,695
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Pomona-Ontario CA 26,183 290,018 12,520 2,231 5,612 2.0 23.0 5,843 23,274
Chicago IL, IN 23,849 165,787 7,702 2,730 2,821 3.1 21.5 2,667 19,502
Philadelphia PA, NJ, DE, MD 17,738 102,950 5,287 2,276 2,323 3.4 19.5 2,319 14,608
Miami FL 15,460 121,347 5,104 1,590 3,210 3.0 24.0 1,925 19,056
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington TX 17,759 109,173 4,312 1,727 2,497 4.0 25.0 3,105 16,705
Washington VA, MD, DC 11,385 92,896 4,277 1,305 3,277 2.7 21.7 2,044 18,500
San Francisco-Oakland CA 9,589 91,661 4,120 1,203 3,425 2.0 22.0 2,418 20,259
Boston MA, NH, RI 16,071 89,268 3,988 2,104 1,895 4.0 22.4 2,375 15,707
Detroit MI 14,570 100,791 3,939 1,439 2,737 4.0 26.0 1,914 17,486
Seattle WA 10,384 66,885 2,946 1,185 2,486 4.0 23.0 1,745 17,577
Atlanta GA 13,641 100,457 2,924 1,757 1,664 5.0 34.0 2,234 19,512
Phoenix-Mesa AZ 11,767 68,335 2,907 1,115 2,607 4.0 24.0 1,326 17,803
San Diego CA 6,577 67,998 2,872 733 3,918 2.0 24.0 1,857 20,027
Houston TX 15,538 99,083 2,620 1,476 1,775 6.0 38.0 2,458 19,066
Minneapolis-St. Paul MN 11,013 62,848 2,482 1,192 2,082 4.0 25.0 1,590 17,347
San Juan PR 7,063 31,161 2,279 1,075 2,120 3.0 14.0 746 15,381
Baltimore MD 7,060 51,761 2,076 683 3,040 3.0 25.0 1,529 17,034
St. Louis MO, IL 9,728 62,450 2,067 1,124 1,839 4.7 30.2 1,786 14,636
Tampa-St. Petersburg FL 9,851 58,242 2,057 1,294 1,590 4.8 28.3 673 14,640
Denver-Aurora CO 7,821 47,558 2,050 814 2,518 3.8 23.2 1,142 15,725
Pittsburgh PA 8,885 39,075 1,793 1,215 1,476 5.0 21.8 1,253 9,743
Cleveland OH 7,072 37,927 1,792 897 1,998 3.9 21.2 1,376 12,638
Portland OR, WA 5,918 32,475 1,685 469 3,593 3.5 19.3 714 18,125
Riverside-San Bernardino CA 4,762 36,321 1,666 514 3,241 2.9 21.8 906 21,747
San Jose CA 4,116 39,307 1,664 365 4,559 2.5 23.6 894 18,532
Sacramento CA 4,488 32,436 1,656 383 4,324 2.7 19.6 705 19,435
Cincinnati OH, KY, IN 6,464 39,228 1,606 887 1,811 4.0 24.4 1,167 15,111
Virginia Beach VA 5,796 35,223 1,536 1,812 848 3.8 22.9 939 13,712
Kansas City MO, KS 7,896 42,547 1,434 1,036 1,384 5.5 29.7 1,771 11,399

1 A "federal-aid urbanized area" is an area with 50,000 or more persons that, at a minimum, encompasses the land area delineated as the urbanized area by the U.S. Census Bureau. Areas are ranked by population.

2 Lane miles estimated by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA).

KEY: DVMT = daily vehicle-miles of travel.

SOURCE: U.S. Department of Transportation, Federal Highway Administration, Highway Statistics 2003, Washington, DC: 2004, available at http://www.fhwa.dot.gov/policy/ohpi/hss/index.htm as of Dec. 1, 2004.