Which states drive the most pickup trucks?

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Americans love pickup trucks. Which states love them the most?

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  • Wyoming has largest share of pickup trucks, over twice the national average
  • New Jersey has the lowest share of truck owners, with half the national average
  • Texas has highest volume of truck sales, yet ranks 20th in share of trucks

Pickup trucks have surged in popularity thanks to their capability and versatility. Once perceived as strictly work vehicles, modern day pickup trucks have evolved to become functional family haulers thanks to improvements in comfort and safety. In fact, the top three most popular cars are pickup trucks, proving they appeal to drivers hauling families, heavy loads, and everything in between.

Pickup trucks account for 15.1 percent of all vehicles on the road, though they are far more popular in some states than others. Here is a ranking of states by their share of light-duty pickup trucks:

Ranking of States by Shares of Trucks- iSeeCars
RankState% Trucks
1Wyoming37.2%
2Montana34.6%
3Idaho31.1%
4South Dakota30.2%
5Alaska29.5%
6North Dakota28.5%
7Vermont24.2%
8Oklahoma24.2%
9Arkansas23.5%
10West Virginia23.5%
11New Mexico23.1%
12Mississippi23.0%
13Maine22.5%
14Nebraska22.2%
15Louisiana22.1%
16Iowa20.5%
17Alabama19.5%
18Kentucky19.4%
19Wisconsin19.3%
20Texas19.0%
21Utah18.8%
22Kansas18.3%
23Oregon18.3%
24Michigan18.1%
25Missouri18.0%
26Minnesota17.9%
27Tennessee17.9%
28South Carolina17.6%
29New Hampshire17.3%
30Washington17.1%
31Colorado17.1%
32Indiana15.9%
33North Carolina15.7%
34Georgia15.6%
Overall Average15.3%
35Ohio14.8%
36Hawaii14.2%
37Rhode Island14.2%
38Arizona14.0%
39Pennsylvania13.6%
40Nevada13.3%
41Virginia12.4%
42Florida12.1%
43New York11.4%
44Delaware11.3%
45Massachusetts10.8%
46Illinois10.8%
47California10.3%
48Maryland10.0%
49Connecticut9.4%
50New Jersey7.8%
  • Wyoming is the state with the most pickup trucks and has 2.4 more pickup trucks on the road than the average state. Known as “the Cowboy State,” ​​Wyoming is a Western Rocky Mountain state with plenty of unpaved roads, rugged terrain and harsh winters, all of which require off-road and foul-weather capability. 
  • Texas, which leads the nation in pickup truck sales volume, ranks 20th in the nation for the state’s total vehicle share.
  • The top 10 states with the highest share of pickup trucks are Northern and mountainous states.
  • New Jersey has the lowest share of pickup trucks at 7.8 percent, which is half the national average.
  • Florida and Illinois, which are the flattest states in the country, are among the states with the lowest share of pickup trucks. 
  • With the exception of Illinois, the 10 states with the lowest shares of pickup trucks are all coastal states.

More from iSeeCars:

Methodology:

iSeeCars.com analyzed over 1.5 million used car sales from July 2020 through June 2021. The shares of light-duty pickup trucks within each US state were calculated and used as ranking metrics across states.

This article, Which States Drive the Most Pickup Trucks, originally appeared on iSeeCars.com.

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