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U.S. motorcycle registrations by state 2018

The statistic shows the number of publicly owned, private and commercial motorcycles registered in U.S. states and the District of Columbia in 2018. In that year, there were about 35,000 registered motorcycles in Texas.

U.S. motorcycle registrations by state

In 2018, California reported the highest amount of registered private and commercial motorcycles in the country. 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 fewer than 30,000 registrations, as well as less populous states, including Wyoming.

Dangerous travels

Riding a motorcycle is one of the most dangerous ways to travel in the U.S. with more than 200 fatalities per billion passenger miles. Motorcycle crasehs in the United States have leveled off slightly in recent years, after peaking in 2016.

U.S. motorcycle registration estimates in 2018, by state (in units)*

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December 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.

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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