How many cars are in South Dakota?

My family is from South Dakota. Although I live in Minnesota now, I visit about once a year. One thing that blows my mind is that everyone seems to own two or three cars there for whatever reason. How many cars are in South Dakota?

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Answer provided by
Eric Schad
Answered on Apr 29, 2022
You’re right about everyone owning multiple cars in South Dakota. There are 147 cars per 100 residents—that’s the third-highest rate of car ownership in the country.
The U.S. Census Bureau reported that there were 1.3 million cars in South Dakota in 2020. Interestingly, the state saw the second-highest increase in car registrations in the country between 2015 and 2020, too.
With an additional 19.6% of vehicles on the road, South Dakota likely has more traffic than ever before.
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