Table 4-2: Licensed Drivers: 2007

Table 4-2: Licensed Drivers: 2007

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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 3,691,762 0.80 4,627,851 3,637,874 798 1,015
Alaska 495,249 0.74 683,478 524,326 725 945
Arizona 4,153,739 0.96 6,338,755 4,850,909 655 856
Arkansas 2,046,039 1.03 2,834,797 2,215,834 722 923
California 23,467,452 0.70 36,553,215 28,283,442 642 830
Colorado 3,502,709 2.10 4,861,515 3,802,612 720 921
Connecticut 2,848,602 0.95 3,502,309 2,784,104 813 1,023
Delaware 624,472 0.74 864,764 683,539 722 914
District of Columbia 396,193 1.93 588,292 487,895 673 812
Florida 14,138,846 0.88 18,251,243 14,693,365 775 962
Georgia 6,134,298 0.73 9,544,750 7,296,807 643 841
Hawaii 862,903 0.89 1,283,388 1,031,532 672 837
Idaho 1,027,502 0.82 1,499,402 1,137,712 685 903
Illinois 8,190,023 0.85 12,852,548 10,026,556 637 817
Indiana 4,308,845 0.89 6,345,289 4,943,883 679 872
Iowa 2,093,649 0.63 2,988,046 2,362,793 701 886
Kansas 2,018,219 0.84 2,775,997 2,161,059 727 934
Kentucky 2,933,266 0.84 4,241,474 3,355,492 692 874
Louisiana 3,033,966 0.79 4,293,204 3,342,139 707 908
Maine 1,009,780 0.96 1,317,207 1,075,094 767 939
Maryland 3,737,847 0.84 5,618,344 4,425,954 665 845
Massachusetts 4,699,301 0.89 6,449,755 5,196,652 729 904
Michigan 7,058,955 0.88 10,071,822 7,934,832 701 890
Minnesota 3,149,109 0.67 5,197,621 4,089,100 606 770
Mississippi 1,926,969 0.97 2,918,785 2,239,618 660 860
Missouri 4,161,957 0.85 5,878,415 4,625,371 708 900
Montana 735,753 0.80 957,861 766,628 768 960
Nebraska 1,330,698 0.78 1,774,571 1,380,554 750 964
Nevada 1,661,588 1.19 2,565,382 1,976,966 648 840
New Hampshire 1,026,546 0.88 1,315,828 1,056,521 780 972
New Jersey 5,782,155 0.95 8,685,920 6,870,036 666 842
New Mexico 1,365,249 0.88 1,969,915 1,528,616 693 893
New York 11,369,280 1.01 19,297,729 15,435,572 589 737
North Carolina 6,383,542 1.03 9,061,032 7,095,276 705 900
North Dakota 470,731 0.68 639,715 514,785 736 914
Ohio 7,975,774 0.75 11,466,917 9,050,086 696 881
Oklahoma 2,283,178 0.73 3,617,316 2,821,740 631 809
Oregon 2,827,188 0.94 3,747,455 2,989,332 754 946
Pennsylvania 8,600,691 0.88 12,432,792 10,002,053 692 860
Rhode Island 743,793 0.95 1,057,832 854,516 703 870
South Carolina 3,126,890 0.90 4,407,709 3,475,812 709 900
South Dakota 588,546 0.70 796,214 622,827 739 945
Tennessee 4,425,881 0.84 6,156,719 4,857,445 719 911
Texas 15,184,123 0.86 23,904,380 17,994,671 635 844
Utah 1,651,790 0.72 2,645,330 1,912,595 624 864
Vermont 534,495 0.96 621,254 508,076 860 1,052
Virginia 5,259,512 0.81 7,712,091 6,099,550 682 862
Washington 4,879,705 0.86 6,468,424 5,117,600 754 954
West Virginia 1,358,529 0.99 1,812,035 1,471,975 750 923
Wisconsin 4,066,273 0.82 5,601,640 4,443,807 726 915
Wyoming 398,283 0.63 522,830 412,679 762 965
United States, total 205,741,845 0.85 301,621,157 236,468,212 682 870

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 2007, Washington, DC: 2008, table DL-1C, available at http://www.fhwa.dot.gov/policyinformation/ as of Jan. 8, 2009.