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Total number of registered automobiles in the U.S. by state 2018

California had the most automobile registrations in 2018: More than 15 million such vehicles were registered in the most populous U.S. federal state. California also leads in terms of annual car sales with almost 887,000 sold in 2018. Additionally, California residents purchased about 568,400 crossover and sport-utility vehicles (CUVs and SUVs), some 313,600 pickups, and roughly 235,000 luxury and sports cars in 2018.

A walk in the light truck parc

U.S. automobile and truck registrations reached about 264 million units in 2018. 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 12.2 million units in 2019. These figures underpin the assumption that light trucks remain in high demand while customers seem to have lost interest in cars: Just 4.7 million cars were sold in the United States in 2019.

U.S. automobile registrations in 2018, by state

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December 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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