Table 5-4: Highway, Demographic, and Geographic Characteristics of 30 Largest Urbanized Areas: 2002

Table 5-4: Highway, Demographic, and Geographic Characteristics of 30 Largest Urbanized Areas: 2002

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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 37,854 274,767 17,307 3,962 4,368 2.2 15.9 6,766 15,548
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Santa Ana CA 26,329 292,516 12,365 2,231 5,542 2.1 23.7 5,849 23,139
Chicago IL , IN 23,832 165,494 7,702 2,730 2,821 3.1 21.5 2,659 19,342
Miami FL 15,436 120,131 5,021 1,590 3,158 3.1 23.9 1,917 18,626
Philadelphia PA, NJ, DE, MD 15,743 93,445 4,813 1,590 3,027 3.3 19.4 2,084 14,765
San Francisco-Oakland CA 9,461 91,945 4,120 1,203 3,425 2.3 22.3 2,414 20,125
Boston MA, NH, RI 13,809 80,693 3,854 1,695 2,274 3.6 20.9 2,014 16,446
Detroit MI 13,755 96,388 3,835 1,304 2,941 3.6 25.1 1,795 17,616
Washington DC, MD, VA 10,561 86,519 3,807 999 3,811 2.8 22.7 1,960 18,466
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington TX 17,778 107,298 3,746 1,727 2,169 4.7 28.6 3,086 16,517
Phoenix-Mesa AZ 10,684 62,566 2,949 1,054 2,798 3.6 21.2 1,269 17,758
Atlanta GA 13,438 101,402 2,873 1,757 1,635 4.7 35.3 2,252 19,263
San Diego CA 6,331 66,391 2,823 733 3,851 2.2 23.5 1,830 18,307
Seattle WA 10,094 67,330 2,746 1,185 2,317 3.7 24.5 1,740 17,512
Houston TX 15,572 97,614 2,487 1,476 1,685 6.3 39.2 2,373 19,034
Minneapolis-St. Paul MN 10,980 62,430 2,440 1,192 2,047 4.5 25.6 1,587 17,051
Baltimore MD 7,060 50,256 2,295 764 3,004 3.1 21.9 1,526 16,659
St. Louis MO, IL 9,123 60,292 2,067 1,124 1,839 4.4 29.2 1,773 14,537
Tampa-St. Petersburg FL 9,852 55,540 2,023 1,294 1,563 4.9 27.5 658 14,249
Denver-Aurora CO 7,261 45,479 1,989 720 2,763 3.7 22.9 1,029 16,601
San Juan PR 4,498 26,081 1,824 514 3,549 2.5 14.3 658 15,221
Cleveland OH 6,975 36,757 1,785 838 2,130 3.9 20.6 1,302 12,886
San Jose CA 4,114 39,637 1,663 365 4,556 2.5 23.8 894 18,749
Portland OR, WA 5,750 31,826 1,610 469 3,433 3.6 19.8 712 18,117
Riverside-San Bernardino CA 4,754 35,458 1,599 514 3,111 3.0 22.2 895 20,467
Pittsburgh PA 8,508 36,154 1,569 1,086 1,445 5.4 23.0 1,216 9,620
Virginia Beach VA 5,604 35,639 1,530 952 1,607 3.7 23.3 939 13,269
Sacramento CA 4,615 30,521 1,508 383 3,937 3.1 20.2 707 18,696
Kansas City MO, KS 7,896 42,262 1,474 1,036 1,423 5.4 28.7 1,772 11,326
Las Vegas NV 3,206 26,408 1,456 270 5,393 2.2 18.1 480 16,639

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.

SOURCE: U.S. Department of Transportation, Federal Highway Administration, Highway Statistics, 2002, Washington, DC: 2003, available at http://www.fhwa.dot.gov/ohim/ohimstat.htm as of Dec. 1, 2003.