Which states have the most stop signs per mile of road?

December 10, 2015

There’s a lot of information about building and urban design habits hidden in our sales data. This week,  we thought we’d look at the number of stop signs we’ve sold across all of our sites – I was curious about which states have the highest density of intersections. (Also, I remember driving from Virginia to New York City once, and feeling like I stopped every fifteen feet in the state of Delaware.)

Here’s what we came up with.

Graphic showing stop signs per mile of road

Stop signs per mile of road according to 15 years of our sales statistics.


Hawaii is predictable – it’s tiny and virtually highway-free. I was surprised that California is dense with stop signage – I felt certain highways would constitute a higher proportion of total travel. Florida is the real surprise here, though. Having driven from Tampa through Georgia many times, I’d never perceived a sudden change in the density or texture of the roads.

Another striking feature: the huge hole in the center of the country where we’ve sold far fewer stop signs relative to how much road they have — the Dakotas, Nebraska, Kansas, Montana, and Idaho all have an extremely low density of intersections, immediately visible on the map; you can discern Colorado’s subdivisions and suburban sprawl from its slightly darker hue.

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