US Vehicle Registration Statistics
Car ownership statistics, automobile statistics and trends.
Car ownership statistics, automobile statistics and trends.
Some custom reporting is available for US vehicle registration statistics, including motor vehicle registration data by ZIP code or state. Complete analysis is available based on year/make/model, or by demographics such as household income.
Automobile statistics are available for every car-owning household in the nation (that’s about 128 million households in 2021!) including vehicle owner demographics by year, make and model, household income, employment, married status, consumer buying histories, ethnicity and more. If need to reach new customers and grow your sales, rely on the most complete and current consumer mailing lists in the automotive aftermarket. Our vehicle ownership masterfile has the year, make and model of 170 million US consumers including automobile, truck and motorcycle owners, and we can drill down to DIY consumers with a buying history of aftermarket parts and accessories.
For mailing lists, see our automobile mailing list page, or auto dealers may be interested in our automotive direct mail list page. If you want to know how many cars there are in the world, follow that link.
Here’s a table with other US registration statistics, pulled from vehicle owner databases as well as US government data.
|Number of Registered Vehicles in US||Vehicle Registration Statistics|
|Number of Tesla cars registered in the US (through January 1, 2021)||827,000|
|Percentage of Tesla cars in the US, registered, owned and driven in California (through January 1, 2021)||46%|
|Percentage of registered vehicles in the US that are motorcycles||3.2%|
|Percentage of registered vehicles in the US that are cars, 2018||35%|
|Percentage of diesel vehicles sold in U.S., Q1 2020||4%|
|Percentage of alternative fuel vehicles sold in U.S., Q1 2020||8%|
|Percentage of 2018 vehicle models that came with 2.0L engine (most popular engine in 2018)||23%|
|California’s share of all vehicles registered in the US (#1 state with 32.1 million vehicles 2018)||12%|
|California state-operated vehicle fleet (#1 state for state-operated vehicles)||38,300 units|
|Wyoming’s share of all vehicles registered in the US (#50 with 593,000 vehicles)||0.6%|
|Share of top 5 states, all vehicles registered in the US (California, Texas, Florida, New York, and Ohio)||33.5%|
|Increase in number of registered vehicles in US 2001-2010||20%|
|Increase in average price of a used vehicle in the US 2009-2010||3.8%|
|All U.S. households with one or more leased vehicles||6%|
|Households with leased vehicles, household income under $25,000||4%|
|Households with leased vehicles, household income $25,000 to $50,000||5%|
|Households with leased vehicles, household income $50,000 to $100,000||10%|
|Households with leased vehicles, household income $100,000 and up||13%|
|All U.S. households that own one or more vehicles, 2004||86.3%|
|All U.S. households that own one or more vehicles, 2007||87.0%|
|All U.S. households that rent the home and own one or more vehicles, 2007||72.3%|
|All U.S. households that own the home and own one or more vehicles, 2007||93.8%|
|Percentage of U.S. households with automotive DIY behavior over a 12 month period||9.5%|
|Cars or station wagons in the U.S., percentage of total vehicles, 2010||53.4%|
|Pickup trucks sales statistics in the U.S., percentage of total vehicles||18%|
|Sport Utility Vehicles (SUVs) in the U.S., percentage of total vehicles||12%|
|Minivans, cargo vans and passenger vans in the U.S., percentage of total vehicles||9%|
|Full size or other trucks in the U.S. with two axles and six or more tires, percentage of total vehicles||3.2%|
|Increase in Chrysler Group U.S. automobile sales, January-June 2010 vs January-June 2009||40%|
|Increase in Ford Motor Company U.S. automobile sales, January-June 2010 vs January-June 2009||24%|
|Increase in General Motors Corporation U.S. automobile sales, January-June 2010 vs January-June 2009||7%|
|Increase in American Honda U.S. automobile sales, January-June 2010 vs January-June 2009||13%|
|Decline in new car sales, 2008 vs. 2007 (Great Recession)||-10.5%|
|Decline in domestic new car sales, 2008 vs 2007 (Great Recession)||-13.7%|
|Decline in pickup truck sales, 2008 vs. 2007 (Great Recession)||-27%|
More in-depth vehicle registration statistics are also available from the Bureau of Vehicle Statistics, a section of the Research and Innovative Technology Division (RITA) of the Department of Transportation (DOT). These links open vehicle registration data in a new browser window for your convenience. Also refer to our own auto aftermarket news page for the latest on the automotive aftermarket.
Looking for vehicle registration data/Vehicles in Operation (VIO) for foreign or domestic automobile and truck makes? Our vehicle data includes demographic data and ownership data on the following makes: Acura, Audi, Bentley, BMW, Bugatti, Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet, Chrysler, Daewoo, Dodge, Eagle, Fiat, Ford, Geo, GMC, Honda, Hummer, Hyundai, Infiniti, Isuzu, Jaguar, Jeep, Kia, Lancia, Land Rover, Lexus, Lincoln, Mazda, Mercedes-Benz, Mercury, Merkur, Mini, Mitsubishi, Nissan, Oldsmobile, Plymouth, Pontiac, Ram, Saab, Saturn, Scion, Smart, Subaru, Suzuki, Tesla, Toyota, Volkswagen and Volvo.
There are over 8 million motorcycles registered in the United States. If you need registration statistics for motorcycles, or mailing lists to reach motorcycle owners, we can help. Need registration data for motorcycles or ATVs? Motorcycle makes in our masterfile include Aprilia, Big Dog, BMW, Buell, Can-Am, Ducati, Harley-Davidson, Honda, Indian, Kawasaki, KTM, Piaggio, Suzuki, Triumph, Victory and Yamaha.
We have household income, employment, married status, consumer buying histories, primary household language, multiple vehicles owned, and more all by year/make/model.
Need exotic and high-end vehicle data? Our masterfile also includes hard-to-find lists and data on exotic makes like Alfa Romeo, Aston Martin, DeTomaso, Ferrari, Lamborghini, Lotus, Maserati, Maybach, Panoz, Porsche and Rolls Royce.
More information on vehicle registration data and the process it goes through is available in this blog post “Everything You Need to Know About Vehicle Registration Data.” That post covers how the data comes in from DMVs, how the data is cleaned up and standardized, and important ways it is different from vehicle data released by the U.S. government.