Total number of registered automobiles in the U.S. by state 2017

California had the most automobile registrations in 2017: More than 14.86 million such vehicles were registered in the most populous U.S. federal state. California also leads in terms of annual car sales with almost one million cars sold in 2017. Additionally, California residents also purchased about 715,000 crossover and sport-utility vehicles (CUVs and SUVs), some 221,270 pickups, and almost 80,000 vans and minivans in 2017.

A walk in the light truck parc

U.S. automobile and truck registrations reached about 263 million units in 2017. The number of vehicles in operation in the United States is projected to increase to around 289 million units in the third quarter of 2019. Light truck retail sales increased from 10.6 million units in 2017 to a staggering 11.9 million units in 2018. These figures underpin the assumption that light trucks remain in high demand while customers seem to have lost interest in cars: Just 5.3 million cars were sold in the United States in 2018.

U.S. automobile registrations in 2017, by state

Number of registered automobiles
California 14,860,967
Texas 8,176,879
Florida 7,778,493
Illinois 4,655,844
Ohio 4,605,459
New York 4,563,035
Pennsylvania 4,463,267
Georgia 3,536,055
North Carolina 3,317,918
Michigan 3,257,473
Virginia 3,251,339
Washington 2,925,765
New Jersey 2,798,699
Arizona 2,391,624
Tennessee 2,325,004
Minnesota 2,146,187
Missouri 2,141,050
Wisconsin 2,092,584
Alabama 2,065,463
Maryland 2,006,904
South Carolina 1,808,401
Colorado 1,785,058
Kentucky 1,691,085
Oregon 1,542,461
Louisiana 1,389,436
Oklahoma 1,337,624
Connecticut 1,302,339
Iowa 1,268,996
Nevada 1,047,508
Kansas 987,259
Arkansas 926,789
Utah 925,052
Mississippi 822,864
Nebraska 677,040
New Mexico 609,494
West Virginia 562,984
Idaho 550,006
Hawaii 512,386
New Hampshire 505,381
Montana 441,392
Rhode Island 420,313
Delaware 419,199
Maine 387,233
South Dakota 353,180
North Dakota 276,545
Vermont 221,936
Dist. of Col. 208,141
Wyoming 193,523
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Release date

January 2019


United States

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Supplementary notes

Includes federal, state, county, and municipal vehicles. Vehicles owned by the military services are not included.
** Estimated by FHWA based on State reported data and data from secondary sources.
*** State did not provide data. Estimated by FHWA.

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