Table 5-4: Highway, Demographic, and Geographic Characteristics of 30 Largest Urbanized Areas: 2005

Table 5-4: Highway, Demographic, and Geographic Characteristics of 30 Largest Urbanized Areas: 2005

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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 42,095 299,706 17,773 4,778 3,720 2.4 16.9 7,207 16,256
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Pomona-Ontario CA 24,726 279,040 12,149 1,948 6,237 2.0 23.0 5,623 23,667
Chicago IL, IN 24,523 170,933 7,702 3,502 2,199 3.2 22.2 2,726 19,955
Miami FL 17,167 132,934 5,331 1,499 3,556 3.2 24.9 2,047 19,281
Philadelphia PA, NJ, DE, MD 19,078 106,558 5,296 2,257 2,347 3.6 20.1 2,375 14,873
Washington VA, MD, DC 11,543 97,009 4,251 1,305 3,258 3.0 23.0 2,052 18,802
Atlanta GA 19,504 128,353 4,172 3,027 1,378 5.0 31.0 2,545 19,329
Boston MA, NH, RI 16,775 94,248 4,077 2,241 1,819 4.0 23.0 2,549 16,035
Detroit MI 14,638 104,126 3,931 1,439 2,732 3.7 26.5 1,919 17,220
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington TX 17,799 119,648 3,746 1,712 2,188 5.0 32.0 3,149 18,204
Phoenix-Mesa AZ 12,418 77,267 3,270 1,115 2,933 4.0 24.0 1,408 20,404
San Francisco-Oakland CA 7,162 73,251 3,110 721 4,314 2.0 24.0 1,987 19,879
Seattle WA 10,784 69,967 3,002 1,185 2,533 4.0 23.0 1,821 16,891
San Diego CA 5,077 70,408 2,903 953 3,046 2.0 24.0 1,967 20,028
Minneapolis-St. Paul MN 11,057 63,492 2,519 1,192 2,113 4.0 25.0 1,630 17,265
Houston TX 15,556 97,775 2,487 1,537 1,618 6.0 39.0 2,479 18,706
San Juan PR 7,165 32,364 2,298 1,075 2,138 3.0 14.0 758 15,627
Tampa-St. Petersburg FL 9,466 63,177 2,251 1,072 2,100 4.0 28.0 848 15,418
Baltimore MD 7,101 52,541 2,149 683 3,146 3.0 24.0 1,540 17,178
St. Louis MO, IL 10,024 63,585 2,106 1,359 1,550 4.8 30.2 2,137 12,695
Denver-Aurora CO 8,197 52,437 2,092 814 2,570 4.0 25.0 1,251 15,905
Riverside-San Bernardino CA 5,016 42,861 1,828 740 2,470 3.0 23.0 1,126 21,333
Sacramento CA 4,539 35,211 1,787 438 4,080 3.0 20.0 791 19,486
Pittsburgh PA 9,234 38,673 1,769 1,215 1,456 5.2 21.9 1,260 9,786
Cleveland OH 7,231 38,642 1,767 897 1,970 4.1 21.9 1,406 12,909
Portland OR, WA 6,891 35,143 1,729 538 3,214 4.0 20.0 769 17,712
San Jose CA 3,981 37,009 1,649 345 4,780 2.0 22.0 909 18,503
Cincinnati OH, KY, IN 6,592 40,148 1,619 887 1,825 4.1 24.8 1,202 15,441
Virginia Beach VA 5,904 35,657 1,521 1,812 839 4.0 23.0 941 13,929
Kansas City MO, KS 8,204 44,359 1,454 1,041 1,397 5.6 30.5 1,872 11,044

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 2005, Washington, DC: Nov. 2006, table HM-72.