How many cars are in California?

Traffic in California is the worst. It doesn’t even matter where you go. I know that part of the issue is the 50 million people that live here, but it also feels like there are 50 million cars. How many cars are there in California?

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Answer provided by
Eric Schad
Answered on Apr 28, 2022
California has almost 40 million residents, so traffic is seemingly everywhere. According to U.S. Census Bureau data, there are 31 million cars in California legally registered to be on the road—which is more than any other state.
Because of this, you shouldn’t be surprised that CA also has the most congested roadways in the country. To compound the traffic issue even further, the state is home to nine of the top 50 worst cities for traffic:
  • Los Angeles
  • San Francisco
  • San Jose
  • San Diego
  • Riverside
  • Sacramento
  • Fresno
  • Bakersfield
  • Oxnard/Thousand Oaks/Ventura
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