MOST POPULOUS U.S. METROPOLITAN AREAS TO HAVE ONLY ONE INTERSTATE HIGHWAY (OR NONE)
Most larger U.S. metropolitan areas (U.S. Census Metropolitan Statistical Areas, defined by counties containing the cities in the metro areas) either are at the junction of two or more Interstate Highways or have spur or looping Interstates. The largest ones to have only one Interstate Highway (or less) and no spurs or loops typically have freeways which are State Highways (or, in a few cases, U.S. Highways designations which are not Interstate Highways). This is more common in Florida, Texas and California; hence, all but one of the top 10 come from these states.
For a related list (from the book), see Most Populous U.S. Cities without Interstate Highways.
* Metropolitan areas with no Interstate Highways.
1. Orlando-Kissimmee, Florida
2. Austin-Round Rock, Texas
3. Fresno, California
4. Bakersfield, California
5. Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura, California*
6. El Paso, Texas
7. McAllen-Edinburg-Mission, Texas*
8. Colorado Springs, Colorado
9. Cape Coral-Fort Myers, Florida
10. Lakeland-Winter Haven, Florida
Source of Population Data: U.S. Census (July 2008).
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