Number of the Day: 86 percent

May 23, 2011 | Number of The Day

New Jerseyans like their cars — regardless of the public transportation system available to them. About 86 percent of the driving population has a driver’s license, according to the Federal Highway Administration, which defines this group as all those 16 years of age or older. That includes 104,938 people over the age of 85 and 1.3 million 16-year-olds (or 31 percent).

Although there are more female drivers than male (105,356 vs. 104,261), that’s because there are more females in general: 87 percent of men drive vs 84 percent of women. That’s particularly the case as people age, since men seem more likely to hold onto their licenses. Only 67 percent of women between the ages of 80 and 84 have a driver’s license, while 90 percent of men in the same age group have them. That figure drops to 47 percent of women above the age of 85, while 83 percent of men in that age group have licenses.