U.S. motorcycle registrations in 2012, by state (in 1,000 units)*

StateRegistrations in thousand units
California 787,521.11
Florida 619,152
Texas** 448,399
Pennsylvania 419,282
Illinois** 364,655
New York**** 345,412.32
Ohio 339,688
New Jersey*** 332,470
Wisconsin** 280,974
Michigan 266,489
Minnesota** 241,768
Indiana 223,103
Washington** 217,301.11
Georgia** 201,207.11
Virginia 199,489
North Carolina***** 199,205
Colorado 183,881
Iowa** 180,063
Missouri 175,887
Tennessee** 167,566
Montana 158,873.11
Arizona 148,755.66
Alabama 132,465.32
Oklahoma** 127,681.21
Massachusetts** 124,121
Maryland 121,306
South Carolina 112,239
Kentucky** 100,506
Oregon 86,123
Connecticut 83,332
Kansas 81,578
New Hampshire**** 79,877
Arkansas** 76,085
South Dakota** 73,352
Nevada** 69,640.64
Louisiana** 68,297
New Mexico 66,666
Idaho 63,964.11
Utah 62,818.54
West Virginia 57,921
Maine** 53,268.11
Nebraska 52,853
Hawaii 35,527
North Dakota 34,011
Rhode Island*** 33,078
Alaska 31,940
Wyoming** 31,319
Delaware 30,730
Vermont 30,691
Mississippi** 28,264
District of Columbia 4,143.65
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The statistic shows the number of private and commercial motorcycles registered in U.S. states and the District of Columbia in 2012. In that year, there were about 30,700 registered motorcycles in Delaware.


U.S. motorcycle registrations by state

In 2012, California reported the highest amount of registered private and commercial motorcycles in the country, followed by Florida, Texas and Pennsylvania (all of them with over 400,000 registrations that year). Not only is California the U.S. state with the highest number of 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 the District of Colombia with less than 30,000 registrations, as well as less populous states, including Wyoming, Vermont, and Delaware. Here, some 30,700 motorcycles were registered in 2012. A little under 460,000 motorcycles were sold to customers in the United States in 2012, 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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