Table 4-2: Licensed Drivers: 2005

Table 4-2: Licensed Drivers: 2005

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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 3,637,414 0.81 4,557,808 3,595,385 798 1,012
Alaska 482,532 0.73 663,661 498,113 727 969
Arizona 3,943,180 1.00 5,939,292 4,525,085 664 871
Arkansas 2,024,466 1.06 2,779,154 2,181,791 728 928
California 22,895,965 0.72 36,132,147 27,491,426 634 833
Colorado 3,341,275 1.89 4,665,177 3,612,126 716 925
Connecticut 2,740,270 0.91 3,510,297 2,775,008 781 987
Delaware 533,943 0.74 843,524 670,284 633 797
District of Columbia 330,363 1.46 550,521 448,107 600 737
Florida 13,373,700 0.87 17,789,864 14,190,232 752 942
Georgia 5,939,513 0.75 9,072,576 6,967,386 655 852
Hawaii 856,163 0.92 1,275,194 1,008,488 671 849
Idaho 978,450 0.72 1,429,096 1,098,342 685 891
Illinois 7,870,872 0.84 12,763,371 9,883,696 617 796
Indiana 4,521,329 0.93 6,271,973 4,849,572 721 932
Iowa 2,033,157 0.61 2,966,334 2,378,052 685 855
Kansas 1,974,238 0.84 2,744,687 2,149,527 719 918
Kentucky 2,860,729 0.85 4,173,405 3,305,220 685 866
Louisiana 3,083,516 0.82 4,523,628 3,509,844 682 879
Maine 1,003,972 0.95 1,321,505 1,081,625 760 928
Maryland 3,709,594 0.87 5,600,388 4,360,371 662 851
Massachusetts 4,612,829 0.86 6,398,743 5,111,066 721 903
Michigan 7,105,272 0.88 10,120,860 7,894,477 702 900
Minnesota 3,083,757 0.67 5,132,799 4,052,366 601 761
Mississippi 1,965,464 1.01 2,921,088 2,258,274 673 870
Missouri 4,135,394 0.91 5,800,310 4,587,168 713 902
Montana 715,512 0.73 935,670 757,938 765 944
Nebraska 1,320,617 0.79 1,758,787 1,377,558 751 959
Nevada 1,596,353 1.21 2,414,807 1,858,037 661 859
New Hampshire 985,775 0.85 1,309,940 1,045,765 753 943
New Jersey 5,870,720 0.96 8,717,925 6,800,985 673 863
New Mexico 1,304,721 0.87 1,928,384 1,497,629 677 871
New York 11,071,911 0.95 19,254,630 15,235,439 575 727
North Carolina 6,227,817 1.03 8,683,242 6,776,507 717 919
North Dakota 466,701 0.69 636,677 518,009 733 901
Ohio 7,707,842 0.74 11,464,042 9,031,678 672 853
Oklahoma 2,234,114 0.61 3,547,884 2,793,338 630 800
Oregon 2,692,948 0.95 3,641,056 2,890,194 740 932
Pennsylvania 8,460,530 0.87 12,429,616 9,962,387 681 849
Rhode Island 746,465 0.93 1,076,189 859,993 694 868
South Carolina 2,987,593 0.91 4,255,083 3,347,854 702 892
South Dakota 566,255 0.68 775,933 610,985 730 927
Tennessee 4,351,868 0.89 5,962,959 4,732,978 730 919
Texas 14,659,390 0.86 22,859,968 17,210,146 641 852
Utah 1,599,514 0.73 2,469,585 1,803,246 648 887
Vermont 563,162 1.13 623,050 508,772 904 1,107
Virginia 5,112,523 0.79 7,567,465 5,950,539 676 859
Washington 4,681,927 0.85 6,287,759 4,979,820 745 940
West Virginia 1,327,569 1.02 1,816,856 1,480,308 731 897
Wisconsin 3,993,348 0.86 5,536,201 4,400,770 721 907
Wyoming 382,735 0.61 509,294 409,782 752 934
United States, total 200,665,267 0.85 296,410,404 231,323,688 677 867

1Some 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 2005, Washington, DC: 2006, table DL-1C.