Table 5-4: Highway, Demographic, and Geographic Characteristics of 30 Largest Urbanized Areas: 2007

Table 5-4: Highway, Demographic, and Geographic Characteristics of 30 Largest Urbanized Areas: 2007

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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 18,196 4,485 4,057 43,601 2.4 305,739 16.8 7,213 16,531
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Santa Ana CA 12,345 1,971 6,263 24,870 2.0 280,399 23.0 5,614 24,089
Chicago IL, IN 8,988 3,624 2,480 25,812 2.9 173,064 19.3 2,982 18,385
Miami FL 5,423 1,499 3,618 16,355 3.0 133,259 24.6 2,102 19,523
Philadelphia PA, NJ, DE, MD 5,291 2,257 2,344 19,411 3.7 107,580 20.3 2,409 15,111
Atlanta GA 4,477 3,027 1,479 20,088 5.0 126,529 28.0 2,508 19,068
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington TX 4,430 1,657 2,674 17,862 4.0 118,058 26.6 3,184 17,135
Washington VA, MD, DC 4,332 1,305 3,320 11,737 2.7 97,861 22.6 2,077 18,799
Boston MA, NH, RI 4,101 2,241 1,830 16,865 4.0 93,340 23.0 2,547 15,683
Detroit MI 3,894 1,439 2,706 14,831 4.0 103,984 27.0 1,916 17,110
Phoenix AZ 3,459 1,115 3,102 12,556 4.0 78,517 23.0 1,549 18,991
San Francisco-Oakland CA 3,162 1,054 3,000 7,137 2.0 68,939 22.0 1,931 19,866
Seattle WA 3,108 1,185 2,623 11,983 4.0 71,358 23.0 1,854 16,542
Houston TX 3,099 1,476 2,100 15,558 5.0 104,390 34.0 2,547 18,968
San Diego CA 2,951 984 2,999 5,087 2.0 68,441 23.0 1,991 19,200
Minneapolis-St. Paul MN 2,519 1,192 2,113 11,898 5.0 64,318 26.0 1,637 17,341
Tampa-St. Petersburg FL 2,322 1,072 2,166 9,582 4.0 65,364 28.0 883 16,077
San Juan PR 2,313 1,075 2,152 7,464 3.0 32,299 14.0 793 15,301
St. Louis MO, IL 2,215 1,359 1,630 11,014 5.0 67,665 31.0 2,370 12,494
Denver-Aurora CO 2,184 814 2,683 8,322 4.0 52,736 24.0 1,279 15,947
Baltimore MD 2,149 683 3,146 7,179 3.0 52,665 25.0 1,556 17,142
Riverside-San Bernardino CA 1,917 747 2,566 5,060 3.0 42,407 22.0 1,118 21,653
Sacramento CA 1,858 446 4,166 4,759 3.0 34,838 19.0 824 19,362
Portland OR, WA 1,805 538 3,355 6,968 3.9 35,210 19.5 785 17,359
Pittsburgh PA 1,745 1,215 1,436 9,356 5.0 38,455 22.0 1,275 9,728
Cincinnati OH, KY, IN 1,728 959 1,802 6,759 4.0 41,303 24.0 1,231 15,425
Cleveland OH 1,726 897 1,924 7,240 4.2 39,142 22.7 1,409 12,860
San Jose CA 1,703 353 4,824 3,969 2.0 36,851 22.0 898 18,575
Virginia Beach VA 1,535 1,812 847 5,965 4.0 36,022 24.0 947 13,847
Kansas City MO, KS 1,525 1,049 1,454 9,097 6.0 43,988 28.8 1,925 10,917

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 2007, Washington, DC: 2008, table HM-72, available at http://www.fhwa.dot.gov/policy/ohpi/hss/hsspubs.cfm as of Jan. 5, 2009.