What States Do the Most Highway Driving?

It’s no secret that Americans love to drive but have you ever wondered which states do the most highway driving?

At UponArriving, we were curious as to which states hit the highway the most and so we did a survey of the available data and the results were pretty interesting.

We were able to break down the states that do the most and least driving and also arrive at a figure of what the average American drives per year. Check out the data below!


The methodology

For our data, we relied on the statistics from the US Department of Transportation’s Federal Highway Administration and the US Census.

Specifically, the Federal Highway Administration figures are based on the most recently publicized traffic data for 2018 regarding annual vehicle driving miles (AVM) on federal aided and non-federal aided highways and the US Census data is based on population estimates for 2018.    


The top five states that do the most driving overall

The five states that do the most highway driving are California, Texas, Florida, Georgia and New York. 

Rank State Total Miles Driven Population Miles Driven Per Person
41 California 348,795,713,450 39,557,045 8,817.54
34 Texas 282,037,265,100 28,701,845 9,826.45
27 Florida 221,815,740,650 21,299,325 10,414.21
7 Georgia 131,455,532,780 10,519,475 12,496.40
50 New York 123,510,398,630 19,542,209 6,320.19

But these states have some of the largest populations so a much more accurate indicator of which state does the most driving is to break down the number of miles driven per person.

So using 2018 data provided by the US census, we broke down how many estimated miles are driven per person for each state and the top five results were very different.


The five states that do the most driving per person

The five states that do the most highway driving per person are Wyoming, Alabama, Mississippi, New Mexico, and North Dakota. 

Rank State Total Miles Driven Population Miles Driven Per Person
1 Wyoming 10,438,442,610 577,737 18,067.81
2 Alabama 71,167,206,750 4,887,871 14,559.96
3 Mississippi 40,730,439,490 2,986,530 13,638.05
4 New Mexico 27,288,306,980 2,095,428 13,022.78
5 North Dakota 9,855,663,670 760,077 12,966.66

It’s no surprise that these are some of the most rural states in the country.

The five states that do the least driving per person

You might think that the states with the least amount of miles driven per person would all be highly concentrated areas but that is also not necessarily the case. For example, Alaska made the cut for the bottom five in total miles driven per person (weather and geography is certainly a major factor).

But to no surprise other states with highly densely populated cities like New York made the bottom five as well.

Rank State Total Miles Driven Population Miles Driven Per Person
51 District of Columbia 3,690,677,980 702,455 5,253.97
50 New York 123,510,398,630 19,542,209 6,320.19
49 Alaska 5,487,319,990 737,438 7,441.06
48 Rhode Island 8,008,582,200 1,057,315 7,574.45
47 Hawaii 10,886,767,750 1,420,491 7,664.09

All 50 states broken down

Highway miles driven per person

The table below breaks down all 50 states (plus the District of Columbia) and ranks them according to how many highway miles are driven per person.

This data reveals that the average American drives a total number of 10,467.55 miles per year on highways.

Rank State Total Miles Driven Population Miles Driven Per Person
1 Wyoming 10,438,442,610 577,737 18,067.81
2 Alabama 71,167,206,750 4,887,871 14,559.96
3 Mississippi 40,730,439,490 2,986,530 13,638.05
4 New Mexico 27,288,306,980 2,095,428 13,022.78
5 North Dakota 9,855,663,670 760,077 12,966.66
6 Missouri 76,594,999,290 6,126,452 12,502.34
7 Georgia 131,455,532,780 10,519,475 12,496.40
8 Indiana 81,528,811,800 6,691,878 12,183.25
9 Arkansas 36,675,309,050 3,013,825 12,169.02
10 Tennessee 81,321,490,970 6,770,010 12,012.02
11 Montana 12,699,636,000 1,062,305 11,954.79
12 Vermont 7,346,350,180 626,299 11,729.78
13 North Carolina 121,127,248,630 10,383,620 11,665.22
14 Oklahoma 45,433,012,820 3,943,079 11,522.22
15 Wisconsin 65,885,434,950 5,813,568 11,333.05
16 South Carolina 56,800,682,760 5,084,127 11,172.16
17 Kentucky 49,543,606,250 4,468,402 11,087.54
18 Kansas 32,190,412,970 2,911,505 11,056.28
19 Maine 14,783,554,890 1,338,404 11,045.66
20 South Dakota 9,719,406,140 882,235 11,016.80
21 Nebraska 20,974,735,100 1,929,268 10,871.86
22 Minnesota 60,438,314,090 5,611,179 10,771.05
23 West Virginia 19,447,323,210 1,805,832 10,769.18
24 Louisiana 50,045,427,460 4,659,978 10,739.41
25 Iowa 33,282,400,050 3,156,145 10,545.27
26 Delaware 10,179,383,810 967,171 10,524.91
27 Florida 221,815,740,650 21,299,325 10,414.21
28 Michigan 102,397,557,490 9,995,915 10,243.94
29 New Hampshire 13,776,473,060 1,356,458 10,156.21
30 Utah 32,069,287,910 3,161,105 10,144.96
31 Idaho 17,709,145,780 1,754,208 10,095.24
32 Virginia 85,336,102,060 8,517,685 10,018.70
33 Maryland 59,775,435,470 6,042,718 9,892.14
34 Texas 282,037,265,100 28,701,845 9,826.45
35 Ohio 114,474,440,640 11,689,442 9,792.98
36 Massachusetts 66,771,980,720 6,902,149 9,674.09
37 Colorado 53,953,607,510 5,695,564 9,472.92
38 Nevada 28,319,012,180 3,034,392 9,332.68
39 Arizona 66,144,511,220 7,171,646 9,223.06
40 Connecticut 31,595,705,330 3,572,665 8,843.74
41 California 348,795,713,450 39,557,045 8,817.54
42 Oregon 36,848,416,940 4,190,713 8,792.88
43 New Jersey 77,538,911,170 8,908,520 8,703.90
44 Illinois 107,954,253,920 12,741,080 8,472.93
45 Washington 62,366,656,140 7,535,591 8,276.28
46 Pennsylvania 102,109,446,780 12,807,060 7,972.90
47 Hawaii 10,886,767,750 1,420,491 7,664.09
48 Rhode Island 8,008,582,200 1,057,315 7,574.45
49 Alaska 5,487,319,990 737,438 7,441.06
50 New York 123,510,398,630 19,542,209 6,320.19
51 District of Columbia 3,690,677,980 702,455 5,253.97

Highway miles driven total

Here’s the full breakdown of how many total miles are driven per state. The average state has 63,535,814,564 miles driven per year.

Rank State Total Miles Driven Population Miles Driven Per Person
1 California 348,795,713,450 39,557,045 8,817.54
2 Texas 282,037,265,100 28,701,845 9,826.45
3 Florida 221,815,740,650 21,299,325 10,414.21
4 Georgia 131,455,532,780 10,519,475 12,496.40
5 New York 123,510,398,630 19,542,209 6,320.19
6 North Carolina 121,127,248,630 10,383,620 11,665.22
7 Ohio 114,474,440,640 11,689,442 9,792.98
8 Illinois 107,954,253,920 12,741,080 8,472.93
9 Michigan 102,397,557,490 9,995,915 10,243.94
10 Pennsylvania 102,109,446,780 12,807,060 7,972.90
11 Virginia 85,336,102,060 8,517,685 10,018.70
12 Indiana 81,528,811,800 6,691,878 12,183.25
13 Tennessee 81,321,490,970 6,770,010 12,012.02
14 New Jersey 77,538,911,170 8,908,520 8,703.90
15 Missouri 76,594,999,290 6,126,452 12,502.34
16 Alabama 71,167,206,750 4,887,871 14,559.96
17 Massachusetts 66,771,980,720 6,902,149 9,674.09
18 Arizona 66,144,511,220 7,171,646 9,223.06
19 Wisconsin 65,885,434,950 5,813,568 11,333.05
20 Washington 62,366,656,140 7,535,591 8,276.28
21 Minnesota 60,438,314,090 5,611,179 10,771.05
22 Maryland 59,775,435,470 6,042,718 9,892.14
23 South Carolina 56,800,682,760 5,084,127 11,172.16
24 Colorado 53,953,607,510 5,695,564 9,472.92
25 Louisiana 50,045,427,460 4,659,978 10,739.41
26 Kentucky 49,543,606,250 4,468,402 11,087.54
27 Oklahoma 45,433,012,820 3,943,079 11,522.22
28 Mississippi 40,730,439,490 2,986,530 13,638.05
29 Oregon 36,848,416,940 4,190,713 8,792.88
30 Arkansas 36,675,309,050 3,013,825 12,169.02
31 Iowa 33,282,400,050 3,156,145 10,545.27
32 Kansas 32,190,412,970 2,911,505 11,056.28
33 Utah 32,069,287,910 3,161,105 10,144.96
34 Connecticut 31,595,705,330 3,572,665 8,843.74
35 Nevada 28,319,012,180 3,034,392 9,332.68
36 New Mexico 27,288,306,980 2,095,428 13,022.78
37 Nebraska 20,974,735,100 1,929,268 10,871.86
38 West Virginia 19,447,323,210 1,805,832 10,769.18
39 Idaho 17,709,145,780 1,754,208 10,095.24
40 Maine 14,783,554,890 1,338,404 11,045.66
41 New Hampshire 13,776,473,060 1,356,458 10,156.21
42 Montana 12,699,636,000 1,062,305 11,954.79
43 Hawaii 10,886,767,750 1,420,491 7,664.09
44 Wyoming 10,438,442,610 577,737 18,067.81
45 Delaware 10,179,383,810 967,171 10,524.91
46 North Dakota 9,855,663,670 760,077 12,966.66
47 South Dakota 9,719,406,140 882,235 11,016.80
48 Rhode Island 8,008,582,200 1,057,315 7,574.45
49 Vermont 7,346,350,180 626,299 11,729.78
50 Alaska 5,487,319,990 737,438 7,441.06
51 District of Columbia 3,690,677,980 702,455 5,253.97

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