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Table 5-4: Highway, Demographic, and Geographic Characteristics of 30 Largest Urbanized Areas: 2013

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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 17,800 4,868 3,657 44,675 2.5 120,723 16.6 7,437 16,233
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Santa Ana CA 11,789 1,971 5,981 25,207 2.1 119,806 22.3 5,246 22,837
Chicago IL, IN 8,308 3,535 2,350 31,162 3.8 56,433 21.6 3,123 18,067
Philadelphia PA, NJ, DE, MD 5,149 2,401 2,145 20,377 4.0 35,794 19.8 2,565 13,957
Miami FL 4,919 1,499 3,282 15,569 3.2 41,175 25.5 2,256 18,250
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington TX 4,146 2,375 1,746 22,223 5.4 64,670 30.5 3,880 16,667
Boston MA, NH, RI 4,032 2,430 1,659 17,578 4.4 41,470 23.9 2,603 15,930
Washington DC, VA, MD 3,934 1,279 3,076 12,620 3.2 37,786 25.2 2,113 17,886
Detroit MI 3,903 1,603 2,435 15,342 3.9 32,689 23.5 2,049 15,957
Houston TX 3,823 1,824 2,096 17,256 4.5 51,518 27.8 3,137 16,425
Atlanta GA 3,500 3,649 959 25,046 7.2 49,469 41.2 2,881 17,174
San Francisco-Oakland CA 2,996 1,054 2,842 7,688 2.6 27,612 19.9 1,475 18,722
Phoenix-Mesa AZ 2,907 1,614 1,801 11,929 4.1 29,401 28.0 1,992 14,758
Seattle WA 2,712 1,199 2,262 11,719 4.3 28,553 24.8 1,730 16,503
San Diego CA 2,674 984 2,718 5,964 2.2 39,540 26.5 2,115 18,692
Minneapolis-St. Paul MN - WI 2,651 1,593 1,664 13,389 5.1 29,550 26.0 1,863 15,857
St. Louis MO, IL 2,078 1,476 1,408 11,892 5.7 30,557 32.3 2,467 12,388
Baltimore MD 2,076 683 3,040 7,558 3.6 28,327 26.8 1,637 17,309
Tampa-St. Petersburg FL 2,062 1,072 1,924 9,695 4.7 14,318 29.8 903 15,858
Denver-Aurora CO 1,985 814 2,438 8,505 4.3 21,242 25.3 1,280 16,597
Cleveland OH 1,787 855 2,090 7,389 4.1 17,868 23.1 1,539 11,607
Pittsburgh PA 1,753 1,215 1,443 9,478 5.4 8,820 18.8 1,263 6,985
Portland OR, WA 1,583 591 2,679 7,202 4.5 13,536 22.1 795 17,026
San Jose CA 1,538 353 4,358 3,869 2.5 27,039 31.4 1,338 20,204
Riverside-San Bernardino CA 1,507 747 2,017 5,286 3.5 32,744 37.2 1,525 21,476
Cincinnati OH, KY, IN 1,503 910 1,652 7,106 4.7 18,070 30.7 1,260 14,337
Virginia Beach VA 1,394 1,409 990 6,761 4.8 13,003 25.6 907 14,337
Sacramento CA 1,393 446 3,124 5,245 3.8 15,607 27.8 872 17,901
Kansas City MO, KS 1,362 1,202 1,133 9,836 7.2 22,187 33.4 2,098 10,574
San Antonio TX 1,328 574 2,313 6,436 4.8 21,185 29.6 1,249 16,955

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 Bureau of the Census. Areas are in sort by population. Some areas may be missing, unreported, or included in other areas.

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 June 2015.

Updated: Saturday, May 20, 2017