Total Miles of Public Road in Florida (1994 - 2017)
The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Highway Administration categorizes population areas by rural (populations of less than 5,000), small urban (populations of 5,000 to 49,999), small urbanized (populations of 50,000 to 200,000), and large urbanized (populations of more than 200,000). The year 2004 marked the first time in Florida’s history that the total miles of public roads in large urbanized areas exceeded those in rural areas. This trend has only accelerated since, as the total miles of public roads in large urbanized areas grew more than any other category from 2004 to 2017 at more than 15 percent, while at the same time the total miles of public roads in rural areas decreased more than any other category at more than 11.5 percent. Still, total miles of public roads in rural areas remains higher compared to those in small urban and small urbanized areas combined. Overall, total miles of public roads in Florida grew just 2.8 percent from 2004 to 2017.