(ISeeCars) – 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 that they appeal to drivers hauling families, heavy loads, and everything in between.

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Pickup trucks account for 16.6 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
1Wyoming37.6%
2Montana34.2%
3North Dakota31.4%
4Idaho31.2%
5Alaska30.8%
6South Dakota29.8%
7West Virginia27.1%
8Nebraska24.6%
9Vermont24.6%
10Oklahoma24.5%
11Arkansas24.3%
12Iowa24.3%
13Maine24.1%
14New Mexico24.1%
15Louisiana23.6%
16Kentucky23.0%
17Kansas21.6%
18Wisconsin21.0%
19Mississippi21.0%
20Utah20.5%
21Alabama20.5%
22Minnesota20.1%
23Missouri19.6%
24Michigan19.3%
25Texas19.2%
26Tennessee19.1%
27South Carolina19.1%
28Colorado19.0%
29New Hampshire18.6%
30Washington18.3%
31Oregon17.7%
Overall Average16.6%
32North Carolina16.3%
33Indiana16.3%
34Georgia16.0%
35Hawaii16.0%
36Ohio15.9%
37Arizona15.1%
38Pennsylvania14.9%
39Nevada14.5%
40Virginia14.2%
41Rhode Island14.1%
42Florida13.7%
43Delaware13.6%
44Illinois12.9%
45Massachusetts12.0%
46California11.7%
47New York11.6%
48Maryland11.1%
49Connecticut10.4%
50New Jersey8.0%
  • Wyoming is the state with the most pickup trucks and has 2.3 more pickup trucks on the road than the average state. Known as “the Cowboy State,” ​​Wyoming is a Western Rocky Mountain state that requires off-road and all-weather capability thanks to unpaved roads, rugged terrain, and harsh winters.
  • Texas, which leads the nation in pickup truck sales volume, ranks 25th in the nation for the state’s total vehicle share.
  • The top 10 states with the highest share of pickup trucks are all mountainous states.
  • New Jersey has the lowest share of pickup trucks at 8.0 percent, which is half the national average.
  • Florida, Illinois, and Delaware, some of 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.

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Methodology:

iSeeCars.com analyzed over 1.9 million used car sales from June 2021 through May 2022. 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.