LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — Arkansas is home to 3 million people and roughly 4 million registered cars, trucks, and motorcycles. What do those vehicles tell us about the state and the people who call it home?
“It is a very interesting, very insightful look at Arkansas,” Scott Hardin, spokesperson for the Arkansas Department of Finance and Administration (DFA) said.
For the first time, DFA has compiled a list showing how many vehicles of each make and model are registered in the state.
“We spent quite a bit of time,” Hardin said. “It's not as simple as just hitting a button. We compiled all of this data to determine what are Arkansans driving now. What're the most popular vehicles in the state?
Here are the top 10:
- Chevy Silverado – 84,000
- Ford F150 – 78,029
- GMC Sierra – 53,233
- Ram 1500 – 33,528
- Nissan Altima – 31,085
- Toyota Camry – 31,052
- Honda Accord – 25,063
- Ford F250 – 22,857
- Chevrolet Equinox – 22,241
- Chevrolet Tahoe – 20,242
“We've heard people say in the past: ‘We're a truck state. We're a truck state,’” Hardin said. “This is proof we are a truck state.”
What about more exotic rides? Thirty-seven Arkansans are driving Lamborghinis, and 123 Ferraris are registered in the state.
Hardin said DFA is also monitoring trends surrounding more fuel-efficient vehicles.
“When you look at strictly electric vehicles – not hybrids – it's less than 2,000 on Arkansas roads, so not a large number there,” Hardin said. [It’s] closer to 20,000 when you look at hybrid vehicles.”
While this may be the first time the state has organized and combed through this specific data, Hardin said DFA plans to keep it updated.
“We have so much info within these databases,” Hardin said. One, it's interesting and two, there are cases when it's helpful. You never know when that data will be needed for a variety of reasons."