Registered private and commercial motorcycles in the U.S. in 2011, by state (in 1,000s)

StateThousand registered motorcycles
Alabama 127
Alaska 31
Arizona 179
Arkansas 76
California 802
Colorado 173
Connecticut 98
Delaware 30
District of Columbia 4
Florida 574
Georgia 200
Hawaii 30
Idaho 63
Illinois 350
Indiana* 204
Iowa 174
Kansas 81
Kentucky 98
Louisiana 67
Maine 50
Maryland 13
Massachusetts 159
Michigan 308
Minnesota 240
Mississippi 28
Missouri 141
Montana 47
Nebraska 51
Nevada 69
New Hampshire 79
New Jersey 330
New Mexico 65
New York 346
North Carolina 223
North Dakota 33
Ohio 390
Oklahoma 127
Oregon 108
Pennsylvania 404
Rhode Island 33
South Carolina 108
South Dakota 69
Tennessee 168
Texas* 439
Utah 59
Vermont 30
Virginia 196
Washington 221
West Virginia 56
Wisconsin 317
Wyoming 30
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The statistic shows the number of registered private and commercial motorcycles in U.S. states and the District of Columbia in 2011, by state. In that year, there were about 30,000 registered motorcycles in Delaware.


U.S. motorcycle registrations by state

In 2011, California reported the highest amount of registered private and commercial motorcycles in the country, followed by Florida, Pennsylvania and Texas (all of them with over 400,000 registrations that year). Not only is California the U.S. state with the most motorcycles, but it is also the most populous state in the U.S. overall, representing close to 12 percent of the country’s total population. At the bottom of the ranking are Mississippi and Maryland with less than 30,000 registrations, as well as less populous states, including Wyoming, Vermont, Hawaii and Delaware. Here, some 30,000 motorcycles were registered in 2011. A little under 441,000 motorcycles were sold to customers in the United States in 2011, some 318,000 of which were on-highway motorcycles. The U.S. motorcycle manufacturing market is expected to grow to around 4.8 billion U.S. dollars by 2015. Harley-Davidson is the largest motorcycle manufacturer in the United States.

Despite the efforts made by each state to provide accurate vehicle (in this case, motorcycle) registration data, occurrences that would lead to a duplication –re-registration stands as one of the main reasons for this– of registrations are stated to be inevitable. The information is forwarded to the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), who compiles it into an annual series of statistics relevant to the study of highway systems throughout the country.

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