Table 5-4: Highway, Demographic, and Geographic Characteristics of 30 Largest Urbanized Areas: 2004

Table 5-4: Highway, Demographic, and Geographic Characteristics of 30 Largest Urbanized Areas: 2004

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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 42,033 297,930 17,759 4,778 3,717 2.4 16.8 6,978 16,539
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Pomona-Ontario CA 26,284 293,758 12,534 2,231 5,618 2.0 23.0 5,860 23,767
Chicago IL, IN 23,885 170,869 7,702 2,730 2,821 3.1 22.2 2,682 20,113
Philadelphia PA, NJ, DE, MD 19,029 105,839 5,282 2,257 2,340 3.6 20.0 2,328 14,795
Miami FL 16,762 131,852 5,270 1,499 3,516 3.0 25.0 2,064 18,567
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington TX 17,772 113,395 4,439 2,365 1,877 4.0 26.0 3,140 16,612
Washington VA, MD, DC 11,438 94,429 4,206 1,305 3,223 2.7 22.5 2,050 18,633
San Francisco-Oakland CA 9,620 92,009 4,133 1,203 3,436 2.0 22.0 2,451 20,099
Atlanta GA 19,080 125,528 3,988 3,027 1,318 5.0 32.0 2,529 19,569
Boston MA, NH, RI 16,197 90,971 3,977 2,104 1,890 4.0 23.0 2,405 16,101
Detroit MI 14,688 102,234 3,930 1,439 2,731 4.0 26.0 1,913 17,490
Phoenix-Mesa AZ 12,077 73,269 3,131 1,151 2,720 4.0 23.0 1,347 19,803
Seattle WA 10,693 69,593 2,964 1,185 2,501 4.0 24.0 1,806 16,843
San Diego CA 6,751 70,102 2,869 733 3,914 2.0 24.0 1,928 20,128
Houston TX 15,555 97,525 2,694 1,954 1,379 6.0 36.0 2,488 18,341
Minneapolis-St. Paul MN 11,021 63,154 2,482 1,192 2,082 4.0 25.0 1,592 17,210
San Juan PR 7,164 32,602 2,288 1,075 2,128 3.0 14.0 748 15,899
Tampa-St. Petersburg FL 9,727 62,796 2,214 1,072 2,065 4.0 28.0 841 15,437
Baltimore MD 7,076 52,006 2,139 683 3,132 3.0 24.0 1,537 17,135
St. Louis MO, IL 9,963 64,764 2,092 1,135 1,843 4.8 31.0 2,123 13,030
Denver-Aurora CO 7,999 49,754 2,067 814 2,539 4.0 24.0 1,242 14,988
Pittsburgh PA 9,238 38,996 1,785 1,215 1,469 5.0 22.0 1,258 9,936
Cleveland OH 7,219 38,645 1,782 897 1,987 4.0 22.0 1,406 13,068
Portland OR, WA 6,610 34,237 1,696 538 3,152 3.9 20.2 750 17,451
Riverside-San Bernardino CA 4,766 38,415 1,685 514 3,278 3.0 23.0 1,013 21,480
San Jose CA 4,112 37,458 1,673 365 4,584 3.0 22.0 898 18,286
Sacramento CA 4,543 32,999 1,671 383 4,363 3.0 20.0 726 19,507
Cincinnati OH, KY, IN 6,563 39,625 1,612 887 1,817 4.1 24.6 1,192 14,924
Virginia Beach VA 5,853 35,692 1,505 1,812 831 4.0 24.0 937 13,866
Kansas City MO, KS 8,093 41,484 1,447 1,041 1,390 5.6 28.7 1,853 10,892

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 2004, Washington, DC: forthcoming, table HM-72.