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Registered Vehicles

Trend at a Glance

At last count

769,366 vehicles registered

Current Through

December 2013



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 citizenry. Personal buying choices are influenced by many factors. Economic conditions and individual economic self-sufficiency enable citizens 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?

Between 1995 and 2008, vehicle registrations increased, on average, by 23,167 per year. Between 2009 and 2013, the average new registrations per year decreased to 6,326. This slowing of vehicle registration growth rate has occurred despite a consistent increase in population, dropping the number of vehicle registrations per capita from 0.86 vehicles per person in 2008 to 0.80 vehicles per person in 2013.

Did you know?

In 2013, 0.8 vehicles were registered per capita.

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Data is updated:

Annual data is available upon request from the Wake County Revenue Department. Data is published here annually on or around October 15 by Wake County Planning, Development and Inspections.

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Created at 1/3/2014 4:20 PM by Lori K. Neumeier
Last modified at 12/11/2014 3:21 PM by Stephen R. Walston