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Registered Vehicles

Trend at a Glance

At last count

798,774 vehicles registered

Current Through




What does this measure?

The number of registered vehicles includes all vehicle registrations issued by the State of North Carolina within Wake County. In addition to providing an estimate for the number of vehicles that travel local roads and highways, vehicle registrations also provide indirect insight into the buying decisions of residents. Personal buying choices are influenced by many factors. Economic conditions and individual economic self-sufficiency enable residents to purchase and afford a car. The necessity of owning a car may be affected by land use and the convenience of multimodal transportation options. Furthermore, changes to the rate of vehicle registrations may indicate vehicle market saturation.

How is Wake County performing?

The vehicle registration growth rate has slowed despite a consistent increase in population, dropping the number of vehicle registrations per capita from 0.83 vehicles per person in 2005 to 0.74 vehicles per person in 2017.

Did you know?

In 2017, 0.74 vehicles were registered in Wake County per capita.

Data Source

North Carolina Department of Transportation


Data Considerations

Annual data represent the number of valid automobile and truck registrations in the system at that time (including those within the grace period for renewal). Excluded are registrations for trailers, buses, motorcycles, dealers, transporters, drive away and public-owned passenger vehicles, mobile homes, tractor trucks, and wreckers.

Charts & Maps

Vehicle Registrations 2017.PNG
Vehicle Reg per Capita 2017.PNG

Data is updated:

NC LINC publishes updated data annually in mid-December.

Related Resources

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December 2018 for data through 2017




Created at 1/3/2014 4:20 PM by Lori K. Neumeier
Last modified at 12/13/2018 9:59 PM by Jason Horton

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