US Regions by Annual Riders per Subway Station

Apr 23, 2019
Annual Riders per Subway Station in US Regions

The chart above shows the number of annual riders for every subway station in each US region.  One million annual riders is the equivalent of 2,740 riders a day.  Unsurprisingly, the Northeast leads in this metric.


  • The difference between the region with the most annual riders per subway station, the Northeast, and the region with the least, the South, is 1.9 million.
  • The Northeast has 2.33 times the annual riders per subway station that the South does.
  • Pennsylvania and California have two subway systems, New York has three, all other states have one.
  • The Northeast has more annual riders per station than any subway system in any other region.


  • Data is from 2017.
  • Hawaii is currently working on building a subway system for Honolulu which is expected to have 2.02 million annual riders per station and lower the West's riders per station to 2.13 million.
  • The Northeastern US consists of New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Maryland, Connecticut, New Hampshire, Delaware, Maine, Rhode Island, and Vermont.
  • The Western US consists of California, Washington, Colorado, Arizona, Oregon, Utah, Nevada, New Mexico, Hawaii, Idaho, Alaska, Montana, and Wyoming.
  • The Midwestern US consists of Illinois, Ohio, Michigan, Indiana, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Missouri, Iowa, Kansas, Nebraska, North Dakota, and South Dakota.
  • The Southern US consists of Texas, Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, Virginia, Tennessee, Louisiana, South Carolina, Alabama, Kentucky, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Mississippi, and West Virginia.
  • All figures are rounded to the nearest hundredth.


The Northeast has the most stations by far, the most riders, and leads in this metric.  The South trails all region in all metrics.

The West's subway systems with the least annual riders per station, Los Angeles' Metro Rail, has more annual riders per station than the subways with the most annual riders per station in the South and Midwest.


Wikipedia.  2019.  "List of Metro Systems."  Accessed February 24, 2019.

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