Table 5-4: Highway, Demographic, and Geographic Characteristics of 30 Largest Urbanized Areas: 2006

Table 5-4: Highway, Demographic, and Geographic Characteristics of 30 Largest Urbanized Areas: 2006

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Federal-aid urbanized area1 State(s) Estimated population (thousands) Net land area (square miles) Persons per square mile Total roadway miles Miles of roadway per thousand persons Total DVMT (thousands) Total DVMT per capita Total estimated freeway lane miles2 Average daily traffic per freeway lane mile
New York-Newark NY, NJ, CT 18,224 4,485 4,063 43,491 2.4 310,914 17.1 7,203 16,416
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Santa Ana CA 12,345 1,971 6,263 24,833 2.0 278,547 23.0 5,635 23,683
Chicago IL, IN 8,453 3,502 2,414 25,553 3.0 171,609 20.3 2,873 18,816
Miami FL 5,379 1,499 3,588 16,981 3.2 133,962 24.9 2,109 19,137
Philadelphia PA, NJ, DE, MD 5,275 2,257 2,337 19,384 3.7 107,543 20.4 2,391 15,034
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington TX 4,377 1,727 2,535 17,809 4.0 114,985 26.0 3,151 16,898
Atlanta GA 4,361 3,027 1,441 19,766 4.5 127,224 29.2 2,524 19,039
Washington VA, MD, DC 4,308 1,305 3,301 11,632 2.7 96,013 22.3 2,063 18,539
Boston MA, NH, RI 4,101 2,241 1,830 16,790 4.0 93,725 23.0 2,545 15,753
Detroit MI 3,918 1,439 2,723 14,803 4.0 102,220 26.0 1,918 17,240
Phoenix AZ 3,350 1,151 2,911 12,376 4.0 77,562 23.0 1,492 19,740
San Francisco-Oakland CA 3,162 1,054 3,000 7,125 2.0 69,531 22.0 1,940 20,048
Seattle WA 3,056 1,185 2,579 11,990 4.0 71,115 23.0 1,833 16,620
San Diego CA 2,951 984 2,999 5,081 2.0 68,220 23.0 1,986 19,724
Houston TX 2,801 1,476 1,898 15,554 6.0 101,170 36.0 2,521 18,524
Minneapolis-St. Paul MN 2,519 1,192 2,113 11,108 4.0 63,679 25.0 1,653 17,341
San Juan PR 2,306 1,075 2,145 7,281 3.0 32,973 14.0 793 15,376
Tampa-St. Petersburg FL 2,293 1,072 2,139 9,522 4.0 64,632 28.0 872 15,579
St. Louis MO, IL 2,212 1,359 1,628 10,352 5.0 64,133 29.0 2,210 12,607
Baltimore MD 2,149 683 3,146 7,134 3.0 52,495 24.0 1,561 16,964
Denver-Aurora CO 2,133 814 2,620 8,277 4.0 52,777 25.0 1,281 15,562
Riverside-San Bernardino CA 1,917 747 2,566 5,046 3.0 43,645 23.0 1,116 21,963
Sacramento CA 1,858 446 4,166 4,745 3.0 34,175 18.0 823 19,202
Pittsburgh PA 1,816 1,215 1,495 9,286 5.1 38,045 20.9 1,263 9,624
Portland OR, WA 1,774 538 3,297 6,937 3.9 35,389 19.9 778 17,482
Cleveland OH 1,745 897 1,945 7,236 4.0 39,233 23.0 1,409 12,921
San Jose CA 1,703 353 4,824 3,979 2.0 37,123 22.0 875 19,095
Cincinnati OH, KY, IN 1,647 887 1,857 6,696 4.1 41,010 24.9 1,235 15,238
Virginia Beach VA 1,528 1,812 843 5,922 4.0 35,466 23.0 947 13,940
Kansas City MO, KS 1,520 1,049 1,449 8,669 5.7 43,716 28.8 1,855 11,221

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.

NOTE: Ratios are based on unrounded numbers.

SOURCE: U.S. Department of Transportation, Federal Highway Administration, Highway Statistics 2006, Washington, DC: 2008, table HM-72.