United States Fast Facts

United States Fast Facts

Data are for 2009 unless otherwise noted.

Transportation System Extent

All public roads: 4.05 million miles
Interstate: 46,720 miles
Road bridges: 604,4601
Class I railroad trackage: 118,649 miles
Inland waterways: 29,620 miles
Public use airports: 5,2021

Vehicles and Conveyances

Automobiles registered: 134.9 million
Light trucks registered: 102.2 million
Heavy trucks registered: 10.6 million
Buses registered: 0.8 million
Motorcycles registered: 7.9 million
Rail transit systems: 25 commuter rail, 15 heavy rail (subway), 28 light rail1
Recreational boats registered: 12.7 million

Geographic

Land area: 3.5 million sq. miles
Percent of land area owned by federal government: 28.82
Persons per square mile: 87.31
Highest point: Mt. McKinley, AK (20,320 ft.)
Lowest point: Death Valley, CA (-282 ft.)

Government Subdivisions

County governments: 3,0333
Municipal governments: 19,4923
Town governments: 16,5193
Congressional districts: 435

Demographic

Population: 307.0 million
Percent urban population: 79.04

Socioeconomic

Gross domestic product: $13.2 trillion in chained (2005) dollars ($14.7 trillion in current dollars)1
Civilian labor force: 153.9 million1
Median household income: $50,0221

Commuting (percent of workers)

Car, truck, or vandrove alone: 76.1
Car, truck, or vancarpooled: 10.1
Public transportation: 5.0
Taxicab, motorcycle, bicycled or other means: 1.2
Worked at home: 4.3
Walked: 2.9

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Sources

Transportation System Extent
All public roads, Interstate: U.S. Department of Transportation, Federal Highway Administration, Highway Statistics 2009 (Washington, DC: 2010), table HM-20; available at http://www.fhwa.dot.gov/policy/ohpi/hss/hsspubs.cfm as of May 2010.
Road bridges: U.S. Department of Transportation, Federal Highway Administration, Office of Bridge Technology, National Bridge Inventory: Highway Bridge by Owner (Washington, DC: 2009), available at http://www.fhwa.dot.gov/bridge/britab.cfm as of July 2011.
Class I railroad trackage: Association of American Railroads, Railroad Ten-Year Trends (Washington, DC: Annual Issues).
Inland waterways: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Navigation Data Center, National Waterway Network, personal communication, July 2011.
Public use airports: U.S. Department of Transportation, Federal Aviation Administration, Administrators Fact Book (Washington, DC:  2011), p.16, available at http://www.faa.gov/about/office_org/headquarters_offices/aba/admin_factbook/ as of July 2011.

Vehicles and Conveyances
Automobiles, light trucks, heavy trucks, buses, motorcycles: U.S. Department of Transportation, Federal Highway Administration, Highway Statistics 2009 (Washington, DC: 2011), tables MV-1 and VM-1, available at http://www.fhwa.dot.gov/policy/ohpi/hss/hsspubs.cfm as of July 2011.
Rail transit systems: U.S. Department of Transportation, Federal Transit Agency, National Transit Database (Washington, DC), table 21, available at http://www.ntdprogram.gov/ntdprogram/data.htm as of July 2011.
Recreational boats: U.S. Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Coast Guard, Boating Statistics 2009 (Washington, DC: 2008), table 35, available at http://www.uscgboating.org/statistics/accident_statistics.aspx as of July 2011.

Geographic
U.S. Department of Commerce, U.S. Census Bureau, 2011 Statistical Abstract of the United States (Washington, DC: 2011), available at http://www.census.gov/compendia/statab/ as of July 2011.

Government Subdivisions
U.S. Department of Commerce, U.S. Census Bureau, 2011Statistical Abstract of the United States (Washington, DC: 2011), table 416, available at http://www.census.gov/compendia/statab/ as of July 2011.

Demographic
Population, Percent urban population: U.S. Department of Commerce, U.S. Census Bureau, 2011 Statistical Abstract of the United States (Washington, DC: 2011), available at http://www.census.gov/compendia/statab/ as of July 2011.

Socioeconomic
Gross domestic product: U.S. Department of Commerce, Bureau of Economic Analysis, National Income and Product Account Tables, available at http://www.bea.gov/national/nipaweb/SelectTable.asp?Selected=N as of July 2011.
Civilian labor force: U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Labor Force Statistics from the Current Population Survey, available at http://www.bls.gov/cps/lfcharacteristics/htm#laborforce as of July 2011.
Median household income: U.S. Census Bureau, 2009 American Community Survey, available at http://factfinder.census.gov as of July 2011.

Commuting
U.S. Census Bureau, 2009 American Community Survey, available at http://factfinder.census.gov as of July 2011.