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Highway Statistics 2020


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Annual Vehicle Distance Traveled in Miles and Related Data - 2020 (1)
  by Highway Category and Vehicle Type

December 2021

Table VM-1
YEAR ITEM LIGHT DUTY
VEHICLES
SHORT WB 2/
MOTOR-
CYCLES
BUSES LIGHT DUTY
VEHICLES
LONG WB 2/
SINGLE-UNIT
TRUCKS 3/
COMBINATION
TRUCKS
SUBTOTALS ALL
MOTOR
VEHICLES
ALL
LIGHT DUTY
VEHICLES 2/
SINGLE-UNIT
2-AXLE 6-TIRE
OR MORE AND
COMBINATION
TRUCKS
Motor-Vehicle Travel: (millions of vehicle-miles)
2020 Interstate Rural 123,042 961 1,383 44,587 10,075 51,770 167,629 61,845 231,818
2019 148,257 1,175 1,717 48,499 10,887 51,110 196,755 61,997 261,644
2020 Other Arterial Rural 207,498 2,205 2,056 92,800 17,686 30,507 300,298 48,193 352,752
2019 234,142 2,607 2,339 96,414 18,238 30,068 330,556 48,306 383,808
2020 Other Rural 192,895 2,711 1,747 93,178 16,386 12,041 286,073 28,427 318,957
2019 210,062 2,835 1,980 93,946 17,043 12,534 304,008 29,577 338,401
2020 All Rural 523,434 5,877 5,186 230,565 44,147 94,318 754,000 138,465 903,527
2019 592,461 6,618 6,036 238,859 46,168 93,712 831,319 139,880 983,853
2020 Interstate Urban 317,721 2,787 2,728 101,725 23,450 47,014 419,446 70,464 495,425
2019 404,357 2,558 2,683 100,785 19,926 45,444 505,142 65,371 575,753
2020 Other Urban 1,055,394 8,968 7,190 339,906 57,282 35,929 1,395,300 93,212 1,504,669
2019 1,257,491 10,512 9,261 330,101 58,652 36,149 1,587,592 94,800 1,702,166
2020 All Urban 1,373,115 11,755 9,918 441,630 80,733 82,943 1,814,746 163,676 2,000,095
2019 1,661,848 13,070 11,944 430,886 78,578 81,593 2,092,734 160,171 2,277,919
2020 Total Rural and Urban 5/ 1,896,549 17,632 15,104 672,196 124,880 177,261 2,568,745 302,141 2,903,622
2019 2,254,309 19,688 17,980 669,744 124,746 175,305 2,924,053 300,050 3,261,772
2020 Number of motor vehicles registered 2/ 193,921,800 8,317,363 1,006,469 59,199,428 10,500,105 2,979,277 253,121,228 13,479,382 275,924,442
2019 194,348,815 8,596,314 995,033 59,465,369 10,160,433 2,925,210 253,814,184 13,085,643 276,491,174
2020 Average miles traveled per vehicle 9,780 2,120 15,007 11,355 11,893 59,498 10,148 22,415 10,523
2019 11,599 2,290 18,070 11,263 12,278 59,929 11,520 22,930 11,797
2020 Person-miles of travel (millions) 4/ 3,161,448 21,237 320,202 1,142,850 124,880 177,261 4,304,298 302,141 4,947,878
2019 3,765,896 22,846 381,176 1,128,489 124,746 175,305 4,894,385 300,050 5,598,457
2020 Fuel consumed (thousand gallons) 74,932,021 400,937 2,053,899 36,998,124 16,377,768 28,421,740 111,930,145 44,799,508 159,184,488
2019 93,425,984 447,862 2,450,615 38,029,747 16,656,911 28,987,014 131,455,731 45,643,924 179,998,132
2020 Average fuel consumption per vehicle (gallons) 386 48 2,041 625 1,560 9,540 442 3,324 577
2019 481 52 2,463 640 1,639 9,909 518 3,488 651
2020 Average miles traveled per gallon of fuel consumed 25.3 44.0 7.4 18.2 7.6 6.2 22.9 6.7 18.2
2019 24.1 44.0 7.3 17.6 7.5 6.0 22.2 6.6 18.1

1/ The FHWA estimates national trends by using State reported Highway Performance and Monitoring System (HPMS) data, fuel consumption data (MF-21 and MF-27), vehicle registration data (MV-1, MV-9, and MV-10), other data such as the R. L. Polk vehicle data, and a host of modeling techniques.

2/ Light Duty Vehicles Short WB - passenger cars, light trucks, vans and sport utility vehicles with a wheelbase (WB) less than or equal to 121 inches. Light Duty Vehicles Long WB - large passenger cars, vans, pickup trucks, and sport utility vehicles with wheelbases (WB) greater than 121 inches. All Light Duty Vehicles - passenger cars, light trucks, vans, and sport utility vehicles regardless of wheelbase.

3/ Single-Unit - single frame trucks that have 2-Axles and at least 6 tires or a gross vehicle weight rating exceeding 10,000 lbs.

4/ For 2020 and 2019, vehicle occupancy is estimated by the FHWA from the 2017 National Household Travel Survey (NHTS) and the annual R.L. Polk Vehicle registration data. For single unit trucks and combination trucks, 1 motor vehicle miles traveled = 1 person-miles traveled.

5/ VMT data are based on the latest HPMS data available; it may not match previous published results.

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