Vehicles in operation in the United States - Statistics & Facts

Registered vehicles in the United States include airborne, waterborne, and road vehicles. To get around town, the United States relies heavily on motor vehicle transport. In 2016, some 76.3 percent of U.S. workers used their personal vehicles to commute to work. As such, personal and commercial light duty vehicles (i.e. vehicles weighing 10,000 lbs or less) accounted for over 58 percent of energy consumption in the transportation sector in 2017. Overall, almost 222 million people held a driver's license in 2016.

Concurrently, the United States has a robust network of airborne vehicles to transport passengers as well as goods. With an estimated 7,179 commercial air carriers in 2017, the U.S. generated revenue of approximately 24.5 billion U.S. dollars from air cargo: 9.9 billion U.S. dollars of which was generated in the Pacific region. The U.S. is also home to the largest helicopter fleet in the world, with some 9,074 units. Additionally, there were some 176 merchant ships in the U.S. fleet.

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