Table 4-2: Licensed Drivers: 2006

Table 4-2: Licensed Drivers: 2006

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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 3,665,180 0.80 4,599,030 3,608,113 797 1,016
Alaska 489,024 0.74 670,053 489,922 730 998
Arizona 4,032,643 0.97 6,166,318 4,695,230 654 859
Arkansas 2,034,975 1.03 2,810,872 2,195,657 724 927
California 23,021,279 0.70 36,457,549 27,860,096 631 826
Colorado 3,341,275 1.89 4,753,377 3,683,686 703 907
Connecticut 2,805,124 0.93 3,504,809 2,781,385 800 1,009
Delaware 619,877 0.77 853,476 670,508 726 924
District of Columbia 357,569 1.72 581,530 476,458 615 750
Florida 13,988,630 0.87 18,089,888 14,482,508 773 966
Georgia 5,906,834 0.72 9,363,941 7,123,679 631 829
Hawaii 867,375 0.88 1,285,498 976,971 675 888
Idaho 1,008,016 0.81 1,466,465 1,113,960 687 905
Illinois 8,071,253 0.82 12,831,970 9,965,258 629 810
Indiana 4,246,189 0.87 6,313,520 4,919,169 673 863
Iowa 2,040,873 0.62 2,982,085 2,357,596 684 866
Kansas 2,003,112 0.85 2,764,075 2,134,101 725 939
Kentucky 2,896,460 0.83 4,206,074 3,302,633 689 877
Louisiana 3,014,191 0.80 4,287,768 3,309,565 703 911
Maine 1,005,160 0.96 1,321,574 1,074,953 761 935
Maryland 3,694,290 0.83 5,615,727 4,384,587 658 843
Massachusetts 4,711,735 0.89 6,437,193 5,159,263 732 913
Michigan 7,112,992 0.89 10,095,643 7,919,202 705 898
Minnesota 3,086,610 0.66 5,167,101 4,059,980 597 760
Mississippi 1,929,636 0.98 2,910,540 2,228,397 663 866
Missouri 4,139,632 0.84 5,842,713 4,581,028 709 904
Montana 723,976 0.70 944,632 751,206 766 964
Nebraska 1,327,916 0.79 1,768,331 1,368,804 751 970
Nevada 1,626,021 1.21 2,495,529 1,921,271 652 846
New Hampshire 1,027,582 0.99 1,314,895 1,054,743 781 974
New Jersey 5,834,227 1.01 8,724,560 6,875,159 669 849
New Mexico 1,338,246 0.87 1,954,599 1,494,826 685 895
New York 11,146,367 1.01 19,306,183 15,309,285 577 728
North Carolina 6,315,667 1.02 8,856,505 6,846,056 713 923
North Dakota 468,711 0.67 635,867 503,106 737 932
Ohio 7,739,410 0.73 11,478,006 9,033,772 674 857
Oklahoma 2,264,151 0.73 3,579,212 2,765,123 633 819
Oregon 2,767,291 0.95 3,700,758 2,946,248 748 939
Pennsylvania 8,526,204 0.87 12,440,621 9,988,610 685 854
Rhode Island 741,921 0.93 1,067,610 857,419 695 865
South Carolina 3,067,747 0.90 4,321,249 3,373,879 710 909
South Dakota 582,517 0.71 781,919 607,728 745 959
Tennessee 4,387,883 0.88 6,038,803 4,747,715 727 924
Texas 14,906,701 0.87 23,507,783 17,601,050 634 847
Utah 1,619,085 0.73 2,550,063 1,835,996 635 882
Vermont 532,041 0.92 623,908 508,653 853 1,046
Virginia 5,210,685 0.80 7,642,884 5,906,770 682 882
Washington 4,790,864 0.85 6,395,798 4,996,553 749 959
West Virginia 1,335,303 0.96 1,818,470 1,476,345 734 904
Wisconsin 4,049,450 0.83 5,556,506 4,406,223 729 919
Wyoming 390,538 0.63 515,004 405,254 758 964
United States, total 202,810,438 0.84 299,398,484 233,135,699 677 870

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 2006, Washington, DC: 2008, table DL-1C.