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Cars by Country 2024

As of 2023, cars are more than just an essential way people get from place to place. They can also be status symbols, the focus of multiple hobbies, and the basis of important industries worldwide. However, the overall number of cars per capita can vary greatly from one country to the next.

Here’s a closer look at the distribution of cars around the world, as well as a few critical factors that can impact these numbers.

Countries with the Most Cars per Capita

Worldwide, the mountain nation of San Marino has the highest distribution of cars to people with about 1,299 cars for every 1,000 people.

Factors That May Affect Car Distribution Worldwide

There are many different factors that can impact the overall number of cars per capita within a certain country. Here are a few key examples.

Income Levels

Even in wealthy, developed nations, car ownership can be a costly affair for many people. The higher the average household income level in a particular country, the more likely it is that many of its citizens will be able to afford and maintain one or more cars.

Urbanization

In highly urbanized areas, public transportation often represents a much more sensible everyday option for more people. In such locations, it’s not uncommon for people not to own cars or perhaps even have driver’s licenses in some instances.

Conversely, in rural areas or places where public transportation is less robust, a car is more likely to be considered an absolute necessity.

Consumer Trends

As transportation options evolve and more different options become available, people in some countries or regions may be less inclined to pursue car ownership. For example, in areas where carpooling and ride-sharing options are plentiful and preferred, fewer people overall may own cars in the first place.

Cultural Norms

In some countries – especially wealthier Western ones like the United States or the United Kingdom – ownership of at least one car is often seen as a crucial status symbol. However, this may not be the case at all in another country, leading to lower rates of car ownership there.

- The category 'cars' includes automobiles, pickup trucks, SUVs, vans, buses, and freight and other commercial trucks, but excludes two-wheelers.

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Country
Cars per 1k people
Total Cars
Data Year
Monaco91035.5K2022
United States908305M2023
New Zealand8844.5M2022
Canada79030.8M2020
Finland7904.4M2022
Malta786419.3K2022
Cyprus7851M2022
Luxembourg784506K2022
Australia78220.3M2022
Italy75545.5M2022
Iceland720270.9K2022
Estonia715950K2022
Poland68725.9M2021
Jersey67468.2K2021
France66845.3M2022
Japan66182.6M2023
Slovenia6601.4M2020
Czech Republic6486.9M2020
Portugal6396.6M2020
Norway6353.4M2020
Germany62852.3M2020
Spain62729.7M2020
Brunei614268.8K2020
Slovakia6113.3M2023
Greece6066.5M2020
Switzerland6045.2M2020
United Kingdom60040.8M2022
Qatar5911.7M2020
Belgium5906.8M2020
Netherlands58810.2M2020
Austria5725.6M2022
Antigua and Barbuda56154.9K2020
Kuwait5562.4M2020
Dominica55040K2022
Sweden5455.6M2020
Malaysia54217.7M2021
Denmark5403.1M2020
Ireland5352.7M2020
South Korea52625.8M2023
Lithuania5071.4M2020
Bulgaria4823.3M2019
Croatia4791.9M2020
Saint Kitts and Nevis47925.3K2019
Syria4729.8M2020
Hungary4634.5M2020
Suriname446259.4K2019
Dominican Republic4424.8M2020
Romania4418.5M2020
Bahrain430731.9K2020
Barbados417120K2022
Chile4168M2022
Argentina40218.5M2022
Lesotho400836.7K2017
Russia39558.1M2022
Latvia394749.5K2020
Mexico39150.4M2020
Israel3903.7M2021
Serbia3892.6M2021
Brazil38683M2022
Georgia3781.4M2020
Moldova367961.1K2020
Montenegro367228.2K2019
Taiwan3658.5M2023
United Arab Emirates3543.5M2021
Uruguay3481.2M2020
Bosnia and Herzegovina3451.1M2021
Belarus3433.2M2019
Oman3351.6M2020
Trinidad and Tobago329458.7K2019
Colombia29615M2021
Lebanon2952M2021
Seychelles29529.1K2020
Costa Rica2872M2021
Guyana285228K2022
Thailand28019.6M2022
Grenada26830.1K2020
Botswana260599.5K2019
Turkey25421.8M2022
Ukraine24510.5M2021
Maldives241131K2022
Albania238740K2022
Guatemala2374M2020
Kazakhstan2264.3M2020
Honduras2222.2M2020
Belize22286.8K2019
China221315M2022
Panama218939K2019
Mongolia217723.2K2021
Saint Lucia20837.9K2019
North Macedonia205427K2019
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines20422.6K2019
Kyrgyzstan2011.3M2019
Iran18316M2020
Tunisia1772.1M2019
Armenia177524K2021
South Africa17610.3M2020
Bolivia1742M2019
Jordan1691.7M2020
Tonga16216.7K2018
Namibia161418.3K2021
Sri Lanka1573.4M2019
Sao Tome and Principe15734.4K2020
Saudi Arabia1565.3M2019
Bhutan150116.9K2021
Algeria1496.4M2019
Singapore149848K2022
Azerbaijan1461.5M2020
Fiji145130K2020
Nicaragua144944.4K2019
Ecuador1432.5M2021
Venezuela1404.1M2022
Myanmar1387.6M2021
Cape Verde13372.5K2018
Samoa13025.2K2016
Philippines12013.9M2022
Peru1163.8M2019
Nepal1133.2M2019
Iraq1114.7M2020
Morocco1114.1M2019
Hong Kong109828.4K2022
Turkmenistan102603.6K2019
Greenland1005.7K2019
Micronesia9611K2020
Uzbekistan873.1M2022
Indonesia8222.6M2021
Jamaica81237.9K2019
Gambia80200K2021
Chad771.1M2016
Zimbabwe761.1M2019
Vanuatu7121.1K2019
Egypt707.2M2020
Kenya693.6M2019
El Salvador68437.2K2019
Cuba67755.3K2019
Senegal651.1M2019
Nigeria6113M2021
Afghanistan612.3M2019
Ivory Coast601.6M2019
India5980.9M2020
Palestine58276.9K2020
Vietnam535M2022
Yemen521.5M2019
Tajikistan51500K2021
Madagascar481.3M2019
Ghana461.4M2019
Comoros4434.9K2016
Sierra Leone40300K2017
Djibouti4040K2022
Angola361.1M2019
Kiribati344K2020
Togo33268K2019
Pakistan296.6M2021
Zambia29510K2019
Bangladesh274.5M2021
Cambodia27456K2020
Benin27320K2019
Mozambique26800.9K2020
Gabon2656.6K2019
Burkina Faso22447K2019
Liberia22110K2019
Uganda21920K2019
Eritrea2172.4K2016
Guinea20262.6K2020
Solomon Islands1913.1K2020
Cameroon18467K2019
Niger18438.6K2020
Rwanda17221K2020
Papua New Guinea14121.1K2020
Mauritania1465K2019
Mali13257K2019
Malawi13240K2019
Tanzania12700K2020
Haiti11126.2K2019
Ethiopia101.2M2020
Somalia580K2017
Sudan4181K2019
Republic of the Congo422.5K2020
Central African Republic419.3K2019
GibraltarNaN48.6K2022
GuernseyNaN86K2014
San MarinoNaN44.2K2022
LiechtensteinNaN45.8K2022
AndorraNaN81K2021
North Korea130K2022
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Which country has the most cars per capita?

Located in the northeastern part of the Apennine Mountains, San Marino ranks first with the most cars per capita at 1,299 cars per 1,000 people.

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