Table 5-4: Highway, Demographic, and Geographic Characteristics of 30 Largest Urbanized Areas: 2008

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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 18,704 4,485 4,170 43,697 2.3 299,125 16.0 7,225 16,151
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Santa Ana CA 12,448 1,971 6,316 24,897 2.0 275,665 22.0 5,607 23,572
Chicago IL, IN 9,035 3,624 2,638 25,951 2.9 172,793 19.1 3,021 18,379
Miami FL 5,431 1,499 3,623 15,761 2.9 129,658 23.9 2,189 18,017
Philadelphia PA, NJ, DE, MD 5,297 2,257 2,347 19,459 3.7 105,820 20.0 2,413 14,850
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington TX 4,936 2,371 2,082 19,939 4.0 123,087 25.0 3,649 17,118
Atlanta GA 4,548 3,027 1,503 19,879 4.4 127,008 27.9 2,515 18,200
Washington VA, MD, DC 4,368 1,305 3,347 11,987 2.7 98,702 22.6 2,078 18,372
Boston MA, NH, RI 4,131 2,241 1,843 16,969 4.0 92,756 23.0 2,550 15,657
Detroit MI 3,898 1,439 2,709 14,822 4.0 99,634 26.0 1,916 15,822
Phoenix AZ 3,481 1,115 3,122 12,553 4.0 78,147 22.0 1,593 18,286
San Francisco-Oakland CA 3,239 1,054 3,073 7,156 2.0 69,147 21.0 1,931 19,266
Houston TX 3,205 1,821 1,760 17,537 6.0 106,872 33.0 3,264 16,550
Seattle WA 3,152 1,185 2,660 12,019 4.0 69,800 22.0 1,856 16,019
San Diego CA 3,017 984 3,066 5,260 2.0 68,086 23.0 1,957 19,217
Minneapolis-St. Paul MN 2,673 1,192 2,242 12,362 5.0 65,529 25.0 1,723 16,737
Tampa-St. Petersburg FL 2,326 1,072 2,170 9,629 4.0 62,866 27.0 884 15,420
San Juan PR 2,319 1,075 2,157 7,634 3.0 32,334 14.0 793 15,379
St. Louis MO, IL 2,227 1,359 1,639 11,214 5.0 66,114 30.0 2,344 12,566
Denver-Aurora CO 2,221 814 2,729 8,345 4.0 50,784 23.0 1,255 16,032
Baltimore MD 2,149 683 3,146 7,195 3.0 51,426 24.0 1,557 16,757
Riverside-San Bernardino CA 1,961 747 2,625 4,969 3.0 42,836 22.0 1,118 20,994
Sacramento CA 1,909 446 4,280 4,838 3.0 35,086 18.0 816 18,798
Portland OR, WA 1,831 538 3,403 7,108 3.9 34,292 18.7 785 17,027
San Jose CA 1,756 353 4,975 3,971 2.0 36,859 21.0 898 18,205
Cincinnati OH, KY, IN 1,747 959 1,822 6,880 4.0 40,623 23.0 1,232 14,808
Pittsburgh PA 1,745 1,215 1,436 9,371 5.4 37,812 21.7 1,280 9,280
Cleveland OH 1,713 897 1,910 7,248 4.0 38,430 22.0 1,409 12,153
Virginia Beach VA 1,531 1,812 845 6,545 4.0 36,507 24.0 947 13,823
Kansas City MO, KS 1,530 1,049 1,459 9,128 6.0 42,066 27.5 1,919 10,969

1A 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.

2Lane 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, HM-72, available at www.fhwa.dot.gov/policyinformation/statistics.cfm as of March 2013.