How many cars are in New York?

I moved to New York City to go to college about 10 years ago and I never left. Because of this, I have never owned a car in my entire life. Nevertheless, I feel like I’m in rare company—mostly because the traffic never stops. How many cars are there in New York?

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Answer provided by
Eric Schad
Answered on Apr 29, 2022
New York City has some of the lowest rates of car ownership in the entire country thanks to a vast and well-planned public transportation system. Still, the rest of the state relies heavily on cars.
The U.S. Census Bureau reported that there were 11.3 million cars in New York in 2020. That’s the fourth most vehicles of any state.
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