Which States Have the Most Miles of Roadway Per Person?

Written by Carly Hallman

How many miles of roads are in the U.S.? According to the American Road and Transportation Builders Association, there were 4.18 million miles of road in the United States as of 2017. Local governments maintain around 77% of road miles, state highway agencies maintain 19%, and the federal government is responsible for 4%. Considering the expansive highways that connect major metropolitan areas across the country, it may be surprising to learn that about one third of all roads are unpaved gravel or dirt roads in rural areas. Imagine driving your new car down a road like that! If you are curious about what states have the most roads, this TitleMax infographic visualizes where the most roadway miles are across the country:

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Which States Have the Most Miles of Roadway Per Person? Transcript

Total Lane Miles in Each State

According to the U.S. Department of Transportation

State Total Lane Miles
Texas 683,533
California 396,540
Illinois 306,658
Minnesota 290,618
Kansas 286,606
Missouri 277,504
Florida 275,376
Georgia 272,662
Ohio 262,492
Michigan 256,579
Pennsylvania 251,708
New York 240,489
Wisconsin 239,318
Oklahoma 238,754
Iowa 235,549
North Carolina 229,011
Arkansas 210,729
Alabama 210,531
Tennessee 203,850
Indiana 202,707
Nebraska 193,996
Colorado 185,486
North Dakota 178,845
Washington 167,632
Kentucky 166,971
South Dakota 166,635
South Carolina 166,594
Virginia 164,132
Oregon 162,101
Mississippi 162,088
Montana 150,446
New Mexico 150,216
Arizona 146,465
Louisiana 134,115
Idaho 107,568
Utah 102,031
Nevada 100,805
New Jersey 85,108
West Virginia 80,167
Massachusetts 77,730
Maryland 71,129
Wyoming 62,620
Maine 46,736
Connecticut 45,916
Alaska 36,009
New Hampshire 33,391
Vermont 29,273
Delaware 14,069
Rhode Island 12,664
Hawaii 9,799

U.S. States Ranked by Lane Miles Per Person

State Lane miles per person Lane feet per person
North Dakota 0.240 1,239.140
South Dakota 0.188 994.545
Montana 0.141 743.237
Wyoming 0.108 571.280
Nebraska 0.100 529.515
Kansas 0.098 519.436
Iowa 0.075 394.191
New Mexico 0.072 378.257
Arkansas 0.070 368.692
Oklahoma 0.060 318.582
Idaho 0.060 317.817
Mississippi 0.054 287.561
Minnesota 0.052 272.086
Alaska 0.049 259.899
Vermont 0.047 247.699
Missouri 0.045 238.735
West Virginia 0.045 236.187
Alabama 0.043 226.711
Wisconsin 0.041 217.022
Oregon 0.038 202.927
Kentucky 0.037 197.330
Maine 0.035 183.577
Nevada 0.033 172.800
Colorado 0.032 170.066
South Carolina 0.032 170.842
Utah 0.032 168.038
Tennessee 0.030 157.515
Indiana 0.030 158.981
Louisiana 0.029 152.325
Georgia 0.026 135.594
Michigan 0.026 135.652
New Hampshire 0.025 129.663
Texas 0.024 124.468
Illinois 0.024 127.776
Ohio 0.022 118.568
North Carolina 0.022 115.291
Washington 0.022 116.232
Pennsylvania 0.020 103.813
Arizona 0.020 106.246
Virginia 0.019 101.531
Delaware 0.014 76.286
Florida 0.013 67.697
Connecticut 0.013 67.999
New York 0.012 65.272
Maryland 0.012 62.121
Rhode Island 0.012 63.119
Massachusetts 0.011 59.057
California 0.010 52.989
New Jersey 0.010 50.592
Hawaii 0.007 36.542

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What State Has the Most Roads?

It may come as no surprise that Texas has the most total lane miles by far at 686,533. Since it’s the largest state in the continental U.S., it is no wonder that road miles are abundant in Texas. Since they also have one of the highest populations, they also have one of the highest number of cars on the road. According to the Reason Foundation, it costs around $28,632 to maintain each state-controlled mile in the Lone Star State.

What State Has the Least Roads?

Hawaii has the least miles of roadway at only 9,799. Hawaii’s roadways have a reputation for being in poor condition. According to a report by Consumer Affairs, Hawaii roads are poorly marked, congested, and not consistently maintained. In fact, 42% of Hawaii roads are in poor condition. Rain and thin asphalt are believed to be the main culprits contributing to the disrepair.

Top 20 U.S. States With the Most Roads

  1. Texas — 683,533 total lane miles
  2. California — 396,540 total lane miles
  3. Illinois — 306,658 total lane miles
  4. Minnesota — 290,618 total lane miles
  5. Kansas — 286,606 total lane miles
  6. Missouri — 277,504 total lane miles
  7. Florida — 275,376 total lane miles
  8. Georgia — 272,662 total lane miles
  9. Ohio — 262,492 total lane miles
  10. Michigan — 256,579 total lane miles
  11. Pennsylvania — 251,708 total lane miles
  12. New York — 240,489 total lane miles
  13. Wisconsin — 239,318 total lane miles
  14. Oklahoma — 238,754 total lane miles
  15. Iowa — 235,549 total lane miles
  16. North Carolina — 229,011 total lane miles
  17. Arkansas — 210,729 total lane miles
  18. Alabama — 210,531 total lane miles
  19. Tennessee — 203,850 total lane miles
  20. Indiana — 202,707 total lane miles

Top 20 U.S. States With the Most Road Miles per Capita

  1. North Dakota — 0.240 lane miles per person
  2. South Dakota — 0.188 lane miles per person
  3. Montana — 0.141 lane miles per person
  4. Wyoming — 0.108 lane miles per person
  5. Nebraska — 0.100 lane miles per person
  6. Kansas — 0.098 lane miles per person
  7. Iowa — 0.075 lane miles per person
  8. New Mexico — 0.072 lane miles per person
  9. Arkansas — 0.070 lane miles per person
  10. Oklahoma — 0.060 lane miles per person
  11. Idaho — 0.060 lane miles per person
  12. Mississippi — 0.054 lane miles per person
  13. Minnesota — 0.052 lane miles per person
  14. Alaska — 0.049 lane miles per person
  15. Vermont — 0.047 lane miles per person
  16. Missouri — 0.045 lane miles per person
  17. West Virginia — 0.045 lane miles per person
  18. Alabama — 0.043 lane miles per person
  19. Wisconsin — 0.041 lane miles per person
  20. Oregon — 0.038 lane miles per person

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