Table 4-2: Licensed Drivers: 2009

Table 4-2: Licensed Drivers: 2009

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State Number of licensed drivers1 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 population2
Alabama 3,782,284 0.83 4,708,708 3,710,688 803 1,019
Alaska3 507,759 0.75 698,473 536,174 727 947
Arizona 4,403,390 1.02 6,595,778 5,046,993 668 872
Arkansas3 2,065,065 1.03 2,889,450 2,259,240 715 914
California 23,680,643 0.70 36,961,664 28,608,253 641 828
Colorado 3,704,561 2.67 5,024,748 3,929,701 737 943
Connecticut 2,916,143 0.96 3,518,288 2,808,915 829 1,038
Delaware 699,745 0.84 885,122 702,011 791 997
District of Columbia3 376,086 1.83 599,657 498,636 627 754
Florida 14,005,066 0.94 18,537,969 14,947,282 755 937
Georgia 6,315,035 0.75 9,829,211 7,527,638 642 839
Hawaii 889,918 1.01 1,295,178 1,036,890 687 858
Idaho 1,055,269 0.78 1,545,801 1,171,831 683 901
Illinois3 8,301,118 0.85 12,910,409 10,095,276 643 822
Indiana4 5,550,469 0.97 6,423,113 5,015,383 864 1,107
Iowa 2,145,333 0.65 3,007,856 2,377,944 713 902
Kansas 2,045,426 0.85 2,818,747 2,192,276 726 933
Kentucky 2,939,423 0.83 4,314,113 3,416,516 681 860
Louisiana 3,086,004 0.78 4,492,076 3,497,824 687 882
Maine3 1,013,533 0.98 1,318,301 1,082,491 769 936
Maryland 3,904,685 0.88 5,699,478 4,507,282 685 866
Massachusetts 4,629,636 0.89 6,593,587 5,333,882 702 868
Michigan 7,082,820 0.91 9,969,727 7,910,816 710 895
Minnesota 3,245,441 0.68 5,266,214 4,150,250 616 782
Mississippi 1,930,603 0.97 2,951,996 2,272,301 654 850
Missouri 4,217,910 0.87 5,987,580 4,724,148 704 893
Montana 737,964 0.82 974,989 781,915 757 944
Nebraska 1,349,295 0.77 1,796,619 1,395,159 751 967
Nevada 1,690,431 1.23 2,643,085 2,034,243 640 831
New Hampshire 1,034,329 0.87 1,324,575 1,072,137 781 965
New Jersey 5,923,538 0.99 8,707,739 6,901,096 680 858
New Mexico 1,377,983 0.87 2,009,671 1,556,224 686 885
New York 11,329,488 1.03 19,541,453 15,651,919 580 724
North Carolina 6,504,269 1.10 9,380,884 7,352,608 693 885
North Dakota 476,561 0.67 646,844 519,895 737 917
Ohio 7,937,498 0.73 11,542,645 9,152,277 688 867
Oklahoma 2,320,985 0.70 3,687,050 2,870,430 629 809
Oregon 2,841,972 0.96 3,825,657 3,053,335 743 931
Pennsylvania 8,687,206 0.89 12,604,767 10,174,216 689 854
Rhode Island 746,032 0.96 1,053,209 854,728 708 873
South Carolina 3,268,498 0.92 4,561,242 3,605,269 717 907
South Dakota 602,165 0.67 812,383 635,614 741 947
Tennessee 4,476,539 0.89 6,296,254 4,972,832 711 900
Texas4 15,374,063 0.87 24,782,302 18,605,198 620 826
Utah 1,720,015 0.71 2,784,572 2,000,455 618 860
Vermont 506,977 0.93 621,760 512,198 815 990
Virginia 5,347,745 0.86 7,882,590 6,243,860 678 856
Washington 5,026,521 0.91 6,664,195 5,276,359 754 953
West Virginia 1,328,992 0.97 1,819,777 1,479,369 730 898
Wisconsin 4,105,142 0.85 5,654,774 4,500,903 726 912
Wyoming 410,813 0.65 544,270 427,081 755 962
United States, total 209,618,386 0.87 307,006,550 240,989,961 683 870

1Includes restricted drivers and graduated driver licenses.

2Some 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.

3Age segregation may be estimated.

4State did not provide current data. Table displays 2008 data.

SOURCE: U.S. Department of Transportation, Federal Highway Administration, Highway Statistics 2009, DL-1C, available at http://www.fhwa.dot.gov/policyinformation/statistics.cfm as of May 25, 2012.