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    Which States Drive The Most AND Fewest Pickups

    I know you were thinking Texas would top the list, but guess what?  It didn’t even make the top 20.  This was a surprise to me, too, being a native Texan.  Our friends at www.iSeeCars.com did the research and the results were surprising. - Jerry Reynolds


    America sure loves its pickup trucks.  Case in point, the Ford F-Series was the number one selling vehicle in the U.S. for the 40th straight year in 2021.  Trucks were also the top three best-selling new and used vehicles in 2021, according to iSeeCars.

    iSeeCars researchers report that trucks account for 16.6 percent of all vehicles on U.S. roads. So where are they the most popular?  Its researchers recently set out to answer that question, ranking states by their share of light-duty pickup trucks. 

    One thing you'll notice right away is that top 10 states with the highest share of pickup trucks have something in common - they are all mountainous states.

    Ranking of States by Shares of Trucks- iSeeCars

    Rank

    State

    % Trucks

    1

    Wyoming

    37.6%

    2

    Montana

    34.2%

    3

    North Dakota

    31.4%

    4

    Idaho

    31.2%

    5

    Alaska

    30.8%

    6

    South Dakota

    29.8%

    7

    West Virginia

    27.1%

    8

    Nebraska

    24.6%

    9

    Vermont

    24.6%

    10

    Oklahoma

    24.5%

    11

    Arkansas

    24.3%

    12

    Iowa

    24.3%

    13

    Maine

    24.1%

    14

    New Mexico

    24.1%

    15

    Louisiana

    23.6%

    16

    Kentucky

    23.0%

    17

    Kansas

    21.6%

    18

    Wisconsin

    21.0%

    19

    Mississippi

    21.0%

    20

    Utah

    20.5%

    21

    Alabama

    20.5%

    22

    Minnesota

    20.1%

    23

    Missouri

    19.6%

    24

    Michigan

    19.3%

    25

    Texas

    19.2%

    26

    Tennessee

    19.1%

    27

    South Carolina

    19.1%

    28

    Colorado

    19.0%

    29

    New Hampshire

    18.6%

    30

    Washington

    18.3%

    31

    Oregon

    17.7%

    Overall Average

    16.6%

    32

    North Carolina

    16.3%

    33

    Indiana

    16.3%

    34

    Georgia

    16.0%

    35

    Hawaii

    16.0%

    36

    Ohio

    15.9%

    37

    Arizona

    15.1%

    38

    Pennsylvania

    14.9%

    39

    Nevada

    14.5%

    40

    Virginia

    14.2%

    41

    Rhode Island

    14.1%

    42

    Florida

    13.7%

    43

    Delaware

    13.6%

    44

    Illinois

    12.9%

    45

    Massachusetts

    12.0%

    46

    California

    11.7%

    47

    New York

    11.6%

    48

    Maryland

    11.1%

    49

    Connecticut

    10.4%

    50

    New Jersey

    8.0%


    Here are some of the interesting takeaways:


    • Wyoming, known as the "Cowboy State" takes the honors as the state with the most pickup trucks -- with 2.3 more pickup trucks on the road than the average state.  
    • Texas, which leads the nation in pickup truck sales volume, ranks 25th in the nation for the state’s total vehicle share. 
    • And California? It ranks even lower than Texas coming in at 46.
    • The state with the lowest share? New Jersey, at 8.0 percent,  half the national average.
    • Overall you'll find fewer pickups in states that are flat, like Florida, Illinois, and Delaware. 
    • When it comes to the 10 states with the lowest shares of pickup trucks, all but Illinois are coastal states.

    About the Study


    iSeeCars.com says it analyzed over 1.9 million used car sales from June 2021 through May 2022. The shares of trucks, suvs, passenger cars (defined as sedans, coupes, convertibles, hatchbacks, and wagons), and minivans within each US state were calculated and used as ranking metrics across states.

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