U.S. motorcycle registration estimates in 2015, by state (in units)*

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The statistic shows the number of publicly owned, private and commercial motorcycles registered in U.S. states and the District of Columbia in 2015. In that year, there were about 28,179 registered motorcycles in Delaware.


U.S. motorcycle registrations by state

In 2015, California reported the highest amount of registered private and commercial motorcycles in the country, followed by Florida, Ohio and Pennsylvania(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 and the District of Colombia with less than 29,000 registrations, as well as less populous states, including Wyoming, Vermont, and Delaware. More than 500,000 motorcycles were sold to customers in the United States in 2014, some 334,500 of which were on-highway motorcycles. Harley-Davidson and Polaris are counted among largest motorcycle manufacturers in North America.

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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