Table 4-2: Licensed Drivers: 2003

Table 4-2: Licensed Drivers: 2003

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State Number of licensed drivers Licensed drivers per registered vehicle Resident population Driving age population (16 and over) Drivers per 1,000 total resident population Drivers per 1,000 driving age population1
Alabama 3,598,034 0.84 4,500,752 3,519,861 799 1,022
Alaska 481,487 0.77 648,818 482,210 742 999
Arizona 3,819,425 1.08 5,580,811 4,218,346 684 905
Arkansas 1,998,127 1.07 2,725,714 2,121,576 733 942
California 22,657,288 0.84 35,484,453 27,072,097 639 837
Colorado 2,975,337 1.50 4,550,688 3,524,658 654 844
Connecticut 2,659,918 0.91 3,483,372 2,742,994 764 970
Delaware 585,136 0.87 817,491 640,705 716 913
District of Columbia 313,027 1.44 563,384 465,052 556 673
Florida 12,905,813 0.91 17,019,068 13,536,409 758 953
Georgia 5,757,953 0.76 8,684,715 6,632,373 663 868
Hawaii 834,188 0.94 1,257,608 993,229 663 840
Idaho 921,283 0.72 1,366,332 1,037,362 674 888
Illinois 8,054,232 0.88 12,653,544 9,775,632 637 824
Indiana 4,536,205 0.80 6,195,643 4,769,431 732 951
Iowa 1,977,909 0.60 2,944,062 2,334,501 672 847
Kansas 1,987,251 0.87 2,723,507 2,109,893 730 942
Kentucky 2,799,635 0.84 4,117,827 3,235,574 680 865
Louisiana 3,119,960 0.86 4,496,334 3,456,764 694 903
Maine 932,455 0.90 1,305,728 1,056,722 714 882
Maryland 3,552,187 0.93 5,508,909 4,286,161 645 829
Massachusetts 4,645,705 0.86 6,433,422 5,113,610 722 908
Michigan 7,065,438 0.84 10,079,985 7,834,332 701 902
Minnesota 3,035,553 0.68 5,059,375 3,961,243 600 766
Mississippi 1,885,974 0.98 2,881,281 2,205,910 655 855
Missouri 3,965,610 0.90 5,704,484 4,462,425 695 889
Montana 704,509 0.71 917,621 730,179 768 965
Nebraska 1,311,332 0.80 1,739,291 1,350,498 754 971
Nevada 1,487,899 1.24 2,241,154 1,718,518 664 866
New Hampshire 967,770 0.86 1,287,687 1,019,277 752 949
New Jersey 5,728,975 0.87 8,638,396 6,738,320 663 850
New Mexico 1,236,488 0.84 1,874,614 1,432,096 660 863
New York 11,356,988 1.59 19,190,115 15,168,381 592 749
North Carolina 6,014,782 1.00 8,407,248 6,540,784 715 920
North Dakota 459,791 0.68 633,837 505,920 725 909
Ohio 7,656,362 0.74 11,435,798 8,946,403 670 856
Oklahoma 2,348,449 0.78 3,511,532 2,734,780 669 859
Oregon 2,589,764 0.86 3,559,596 2,808,400 728 922
Pennsylvania 8,369,575 0.87 12,365,455 9,878,604 677 847
Rhode Island 731,323 0.92 1,076,164 860,320 680 850
South Carolina 2,918,957 0.94 4,147,152 3,238,681 704 901
South Dakota 554,553 0.69 764,309 593,175 726 935
Tennessee 4,204,166 0.89 5,841,748 4,603,736 720 913
Texas 13,498,071 0.93 22,118,509 16,546,368 610 816
Utah 1,548,456 0.78 2,351,467 1,685,459 659 919
Vermont 543,412 1.08 619,107 500,019 878 1,087
Virginia 5,045,857 0.81 7,386,330 5,788,638 683 872
Washington 4,407,269 0.83 6,131,445 4,809,816 719 916
West Virginia 1,272,135 0.93 1,810,354 1,466,648 703 867
Wisconsin 3,765,644 0.82 5,472,299 4,303,177 688 875
Wyoming 378,009 0.63 501,242 396,120 754 954
United States, total 196,165,666 0.89 290,809,777 225,953,387 675 868

1 Some states report more licensed drivers than residents of driving age. This may occur for several reasons: 1) the records of expired licenses, drivers who have moved out of state, and people who have died are only periodically purged from a state's drivers license database; 2) some drivers fraudulently obtain a license in more than one state; and 3) some drivers obtain a license in a state other than that in which they are a legal resident.

SOURCE: U.S. Department of Transportation, Federal Highway Administration, Highway Statistics 2003, Washington, DC: 2004, table DL-1C, available at http://www.fhwa.dot.gov/policy/ohpi/hss/index.htm as of Dec. 1, 2004 .