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The number of vehicles per capita by state varies considerably, however, that variation among states does not hold to any clearly defined geographic regions or patterns. Wyoming has the highest number of vehicles per capita (1.14) while neighboring Colorado has the lowest (0.34). The number of vehicles per capita for the entire United States is 0.78 vehicles per capita.

Vehicles per Capita by State, 2007
Map of the United States showing the number of vehicles driven per capita by state. Wyoming has the highest number of vehicles per capita while Colorado has the lowest. For more detailed information, see the table below.

 

Supporting Information

Vehicles per Capita by State, 2007
State Light Vehicles per Capita
Wyoming 1.14
Montana 1.12
North Dakota 1.08
Iowa 1.05
Alabama 1.03
Nebraska 1.00
Alaska 0.96
Delaware 0.95
South Dakota 0.95
Ohio 0.91
Vermont 0.91
Louisiana 0.91
Minnesota 0.87
Utah 0.87
Michigan 0.87
Washington 0.87
Oklahoma 0.86
Wisconsin 0.86
Connecticut 0.86
Kentucky 0.84
Tennessee 0.84
Virginia 0.84
California 0.84
Kansas 0.83
New Hampshire 0.83
Missouri 0.83
Georgia 0.82
Massachusetts 0.82
Maryland 0.79
Idaho 0.79
Maine 0.78
Oregon 0.77
South Carolina 0.77
New Mexico 0.77
Pennsylvania 0.76
Hawaii 0.76
West Virginia 0.75
Illinois 0.75
Rhode Island 0.73
Texas 0.72
Florida 0.71
Arkansas 0.70
New Jersey 0.69
Mississippi 0.68
North Carolina 0.67
Arizona 0.66
Indiana 0.61
New York 0.57
Nevada 0.50
Dist. of Columbia 0.35
Colorado 0.34
U.S. Total 0.78

Source: Licensed drivers – U.S. Department of Transportation, Federal Highway Administration, Highway Statistics 2007, Tables MV-1, MV-9, and PS-1.

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