Summary:

  • 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 19th 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 four most popular cars are pickup trucks, proving they appeal to drivers hauling families, heavy loads, and everything in between. Hybrid and electric pickup trucks are now on the market for drivers who want more fuel-efficient workhorses. 

Pickup trucks account for 16.5 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
Rank State % Trucks
1 Wyoming 37.1%
2 Montana 34.7%
3 North Dakota 32.2%
4 Idaho 29.3%
5 South Dakota 28.8%
6 Alaska 26.9%
7 West Virginia 25.0%
8 Arkansas 24.3%
9 Maine 24.0%
10 Nebraska 23.8%
11 Louisiana 23.7%
12 Iowa 23.4%
13 New Mexico 23.2%
14 Mississippi 22.9%
15 Vermont 22.1%
16 Kentucky 21.2%
17 Utah 20.5%
18 Wisconsin 20.5%
19 Texas 20.4%
20 Kansas 20.2%
21 Minnesota 20.2%
22 Alabama 20.1%
23 Oklahoma 19.5%
24 Tennessee 19.3%
25 New Hampshire 18.8%
26 Colorado 18.7%
27 Michigan 18.4%
28 South Carolina 18.3%
29 Missouri 17.9%
30 Oregon 17.2%
31 Washington 17.1%
32 Arizona 16.9%
National Average 16.5%
33 North Carolina 15.8%
34 Indiana 15.8%
35 Ohio 15.7%
36 Georgia 15.7%
37 Pennsylvania 14.7%
38 Florida 13.8%
39 Hawaii 13.7%
40 Nevada 13.5%
41 Delaware 13.2%
42 Virginia 12.9%
43 Rhode Island 12.8%
44 New York 12.5%
45 Illinois 12.4%
46 Massachusetts 11.7%
47 California 11.3%
48 Maryland 10.6%
49 Connecticut 10.3%
50 New Jersey 7.9%
  • Wyoming is the state with the most pickup trucks and has 2.2 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 19th 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 7.9 percent, which is more than half the national average.
  • 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 20 million used car sales from 2023. 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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