U.S. motorcycle registration estimates in 2014, by state (in units)*

The statistic shows the number of publicly owned, private and commercial motorcycles registered in U.S. states and the District of Columbia in 2014. In that year, there were about 30,393 registered motorcycles in Delaware.

U.S. motorcycle registrations by state

In 2014, California reported the highest amount of registered private and commercial motorcycles in the country, followed by Florida, Texas and Ohio (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 33,400 motorcycles were registered in 2014. More than 483,500 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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StateRegistrations in units
California 813,771
Florida 558,123
Texas 445,395
Ohio 404,770
Pennsylvania 396,315
Illinois 351,298
New York 346,210
Wisconsin 281,151
Michigan 258,413
Minnesota*** 237,408
Washington 229,823
Indiana 222,655
Georgia 199,575
Virginia 195,230
North Carolina 193,643
Colorado 188,192
Iowa 187,251
Montana 183,894
Arizona 180,917
Tennessee 164,710
Missouri 153,799
New Jersey 149,963
Oklahoma 129,405
Maryland 125,283
Massachusetts 125,270
Alabama 115,768
South Carolina 114,666
Louisiana 114,242
Kentucky 111,096
Kansas 96,817
Arkansas 92,921
South Dakota 89,460
Connecticut 89,332
Oregon 88,247
New Hampshire 76,093
Utah 74,091
Nevada 71,880
Idaho 66,191
New Mexico 64,598
West Virginia 57,278
Nebraska 52,517
Maine** 51,623
Hawaii 42,821
North Dakota 37,247
Alaska 32,090
Rhode Island 31,870
Wyoming*** 30,983
Delaware 30,393
Vermont 30,106
Mississippi 28,474
Dist. of Col. 4,450
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