How many cars are in West Virginia?

Growing up in West Virginia, I only realized how poor the state is after visiting other places. While some families struggle, I wasn’t sure if this lack of income impacts people in other ways, namely in the way of owning a car. How many cars are there in West Virginia?

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Answer provided by
Eric Schad
Answered on Apr 29, 2022
The U.S. Census Bureau reported that there were 1.7 million cars in West Virginia in 2020. This represents 92 cars for every 100 residents.
And you’re right—West Virginia suffers from the fourth-highest rate of poverty in the U.S., with only Mississippi, Louisiana, and New Mexico having more residents below the poverty line. However, this doesn’t appear to translate into less car ownership.
Car registrations increased 2.7% from 2015 to 2020. And West Virginia ranks 22nd overall in terms of the highest rates of car ownership in the United States.
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