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Which states have the greatest need for speed?


(iSeeCars) – Sports car ownership is a fantasy for many, but given the price tag and impracticality of these vehicles, sports car ownership is a reality for just 2.8 percent of American drivers. 

Which states have the most and least sports cars on the road, and what is the most popular sports car in each state? iSeeCars analyzed over 10 million vehicle sales to find out.

Which State Has the Most Sports Cars?

To determine where sports car ownership is the most popular, iSeeCars calculated the share of sports cars in each state.

Ranking of States By Shares of Sports Cars – iSeeCars
Rank State % Share of Sports Cars
1 Nevada 4.0%
2 Florida 3.8%
3 California 3.8%
4 Arizona 3.6%
5 Texas 3.6%
6 Georgia 3.6%
7 Mississippi 3.2%
8 North Carolina 3.2%
9 Alabama 3.1%
10 South Carolina 3.1%
11 Oklahoma 3.0%
12 New Mexico 3.0%
13 Tennessee 2.9%
14 Arkansas 2.9%
15 Virginia 2.9%
National Average 2.8%
16 Oregon 2.7%
17 Illinois 2.7%
18 Louisiana 2.7%
19 Kentucky 2.6%
20 Washington 2.6%
21 Delaware 2.6%
22 Hawaii 2.5%
23 Maryland 2.5%
24 Missouri 2.5%
25 Indiana 2.4%
26 Kansas 2.4%
27 New Jersey 2.2%
28 Ohio 2.1%
29 New York 2.1%
30 Connecticut 2.1%
31 Colorado 2.0%
32 Rhode Island 2.0%
33 Utah 1.9%
34 Pennsylvania 1.7%
35 District of Columbia 1.7%
36 West Virginia 1.7%
37 Massachusetts 1.6%
38 Nebraska 1.6%
39 Wisconsin 1.5%
40 Michigan 1.5%
41 Idaho 1.4%
42 Iowa 1.4%
43 North Dakota 1.3%
44 New Hampshire 1.3%
45 Alaska 1.3%
46 Minnesota 1.2%
47 Wyoming 1.2%
48 South Dakota 1.2%
49 Montana 1.0%
50 Maine 0.9%
  • Nevada is the state with the most sports cars on the road, followed by Florida in second.
  • The top ten states with the most sports cars have generally moderate climates.
  • The states with the least sports cars are Northern, Rocky Mountain, and Midwestern states that have harsh winters.

Most Popular Sports Car in Each State

Along with where sports cars are the most popular, iSeeCars also examined which sports cars are the most popular in each state.

Most Popular Sports Car in Each State – iSeeCars
State Most Popular Sports Car Second-Most Popular Sports Car
Alabama Dodge Challenger Ford Mustang
Alaska Dodge Challenger Ford Mustang
Arizona Ford Mustang Dodge Challenger
Arkansas Dodge Challenger Ford Mustang
California Ford Mustang Dodge Challenger
Colorado Ford Mustang Dodge Challenger
Connecticut Ford Mustang Dodge Challenger
Delaware Ford Mustang Dodge Challenger
Florida Ford Mustang Dodge Challenger
Georgia Dodge Challenger Ford Mustang
Hawaii Ford Mustang Dodge Challenger
Idaho Ford Mustang Dodge Challenger
Illinois Ford Mustang Dodge Challenger
Indiana Ford Mustang Dodge Challenger
Iowa Ford Mustang Chevrolet Camaro
Kansas Ford Mustang Dodge Challenger
Kentucky Ford Mustang Dodge Challenger
Louisiana Ford Mustang Chevrolet Camaro
Maine Ford Mustang Dodge Challenger
Maryland Ford Mustang Dodge Challenger
Massachusetts Ford Mustang Dodge Challenger
Michigan Dodge Challenger Ford Mustang
Minnesota Dodge Challenger Ford Mustang
Mississippi Dodge Challenger Ford Mustang
Missouri Ford Mustang Dodge Challenger
Montana Dodge Challenger Ford Mustang
Nebraska Ford Mustang Dodge Challenger
Nevada Ford Mustang Dodge Challenger
New Hampshire Ford Mustang Dodge Challenger
New Jersey Ford Mustang Dodge Challenger
New Mexico Ford Mustang Dodge Challenger
New York Ford Mustang Dodge Challenger
North Carolina Ford Mustang Dodge Challenger
North Dakota Dodge Challenger Ford Mustang
Ohio Ford Mustang Dodge Challenger
Oklahoma Ford Mustang Dodge Challenger
Oregon Ford Mustang Dodge Challenger
Pennsylvania Ford Mustang Dodge Challenger
Rhode Island Ford Mustang Dodge Challenger
South Carolina Ford Mustang Dodge Challenger
South Dakota Ford Mustang Dodge Challenger
Tennessee Ford Mustang Dodge Challenger
Texas Ford Mustang Dodge Challenger
Utah Ford Mustang Dodge Challenger
Vermont Ford Mustang Dodge Challenger
Virginia Ford Mustang Dodge Challenger
Washington Ford Mustang Dodge Challenger
West Virginia Ford Mustang Dodge Challenger
Wisconsin Ford Mustang Dodge Challenger
Wyoming Dodge Challenger Chevrolet Camaro
  • The Ford Mustang is the most popular sports car in 40 states, while the Dodge Challenger is the most popular in the remaining 10.
  • Both the Ford Mustang and Dodge Challenger are among the most affordable sports cars, with new versions starting at less than $30,000, which broadens their appeal.
  • The Dodge Challenger is one of the only sports cars to offer all-wheel drive, and is the most popular sports car mainly among Northern and mountainous states.
  • The Chevrolet Camaro is the second-most popular sports car in Iowa, Louisiana, and Wyoming.

While sports cars only capture a small percentage of car buyers, drivers in the most popular sports car states are nearly four times as likely to experience sports car ownership compared to drivers in the least sports-car-popular states. The Ford Mustang, Dodge Challenger and Chevrolet Camaro are not only fun-to-drive, they are the most attainable sports cars for American drivers. 

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Methodology:

iSeeCars analyzed over 10.9 million used cars from model years 2017 – 2021 sold from July 2021 through June 2022. The number of sports cars was tallied by state, and the resulting percentage shares were used to rank states.

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This article, Which States Have the Greatest Need for Speed, originally appeared on iSeeCars.com.  


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