Most people eligible to drive do so in New Jersey. There were 5.9 million licensed drivers in the state out of a population of 8.7 million in 2010, according to the Federal Highway Administration. Indeed, there were 853 drivers out of every 1,000 people 16 years of age or older.
That seems like a lot, but it’s one of the lowest ratios in the country. Only the District of Columbia, West Virginia, Utah, Minnesota, Nevada, and New York were significantly lower.
In New Jersey, more women drive than men — 51 percent vs. 49 percent, although nationally the ratio is about even.