U.S. motorcycle registrations by state 2017

The statistic shows the number of publicly owned, private and commercial motorcycles registered in U.S. states and the District of Columbia in 2017. In that year, there were about 27,800 registered motorcycles in Delaware.

U.S. motorcycle registrations by state

In 2016, California reported the highest amount of registered private and commercial motorcycles in the country, followed by Florida, Ohio, Pennsylvania and New York (all of them with over 390,000 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, Delaware and the District of Colombia with less than 29,000 registrations, as well as less populous states, including Wyoming, and Delaware.

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.

U.S. motorcycle registration estimates in 2017, by state (in units)*

StateRegistrations in units
California 842,543
Florida 586,267
Ohio 410,187
New York 392,178
Pennsylvania 377,158
Texas 364,690
Illinois 333,943
Wisconsin 324,670
Montana 306,655
Michigan 258,487
Minnesota 241,556
Washington 231,401
Georgia 203,922
Iowa 194,603
Virginia 193,951
Colorado 190,002
North Carolina 188,843
Tennessee 165,968
Arizona 164,055
New Jersey 152,979
Oregon 142,738
Missouri 138,294
Oklahoma 136,190
Maryland 118,277
South Carolina 118,132
South Dakota 117,461
Louisiana 113,664
Alabama 112,185
Kentucky 101,163
Kansas 95,892
Connecticut 90,131
Arkansas 89,457
Utah 83,993
New Hampshire 78,798
Nevada 76,032
Idaho 63,297
West Virginia 60,582
New Mexico 57,718
Nebraska 55,736
North Dakota 51,941
Maine 51,467
Hawaii 35,576
Vermont 30,955
Rhode Island 30,914
Wyoming 28,960
Mississippi 28,124
Delaware 27,810
Dist. of Col. 4,290
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Release date

January 2019


United States

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Supplementary notes

* According to the source, many states do not maintain records on publicly owned motorcycles. Total may not represent an accurate count of the total number of publicly-owned motorcycles; **state did not report active registrations and registers vehicles annually. Annual transaction data shown; *** state did not report current year data. Previous year data shown for private vehicles.

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