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

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StateRegistrations in units
California 828,883
Florida 572,754
Ohio 404,956
Pennsylvania 393,390
Texas 387,149
New York 354,858
Illinois 346,210
Wisconsin 325,032
Michigan 257,465
Minnesota 248,560
Washington 236,385
Indiana***223,370
Missouri 217,731
Georgia 200,410
Montana 197,430
Virginia 192,840
Colorado 191,206
Iowa 189,849
North Carolina 188,922
Massachusetts**167,829
Tennessee 166,260
Arizona 161,138
New Jersey 152,472
Oklahoma 129,093
Oregon 128,308
Maryland 126,311
South Carolina 116,241
Alabama 115,114
Louisiana 114,076
Kentucky 111,018
Kansas 96,325
South Dakota 95,919
Arkansas 91,804
Connecticut 86,531
Utah 78,833
Nevada 74,526
New Hampshire 73,991
Idaho 65,635
New Mexico 63,248
West Virginia 58,766
Nebraska 55,935
Maine 54,664
North Dakota 39,008
Hawaii 33,804
Alaska**31,953
Rhode Island 31,751
Vermont 31,051
Wyoming 31,010
Mississippi 28,329
Delaware 28,179
Dist. of Col. 4,414
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About This Statistic

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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