How many cars are registered in California?

Does California have more cars than other states in the U.S.? I’ve never been on a freeway there that hasn’t come to a standstill at least once. I wonder if that might be because of a higher number of cars than average.

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Answer provided by
Liz Jenson
Answered on May 04, 2022
There are 14,201,400 cars in California as of the 2020 census—the most of any state in the U.S. This seems like an incredibly high number until you remember that California has a population of almost 40 million people.
These factors mean that California traffic can get pretty hairy, particularly around large cities like San Francisco and L.A. and during busy travel times like rush hour and weekends.
However, the heavy traffic is also due in part to a lack of public transportation options in many of the state’s large cities. Without public transportation, driving is a necessity for many people.
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