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The U.S. ranks 46th in road density

According to the World Bank, there are 70.2 kilometers of roadways for every 100 square kilometer of land in the United States, which makes the United States rank forty-sixth in that category. Macao ranks first, with 1284.0 kilometers of roadway for every 100 square kilometers of land.

Road Density.xlsx

  1. 3 November 2009 at 10:44 am

    Thanks for sharing this information with us. Very, very useful.

  2. Jameel
    18 October 2010 at 9:48 am

    Let’s put this in perspective: the US has vast expanses of uninhabited land, especially west of the Mississippi, while the countries at the top of this list are either very small, or comprised of mostly mountainous terrain (Japan) and thus have much less open space. It would be telling to see where Russia and China rank in this listing, considering those two countries also have large swaths of open territory.

    In the grand scheme of things, less roads per land area means less land paved over by roads, and that is a good thing.

  3. Mark
    18 October 2010 at 11:25 am

    If you follow the link to the source of the data, you can find out where Russia and China rank. The presence of mountains shouldn’t impact the ranking, since it looks at kilometers of roadway per square kilometer of land, which would include both mountainous and flat land. You are right about your main point–the top-ranked countries are small, economically developed countries.

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