Source: R. L. Polk & Co.

Curious where hybrid buyers live? We present the data in two ways. First, we list the 15 cities and states that boast the largest numbers of new hybrids on their roads within the past year. For example, residents in the New York City area put over 10,000 new hybrids on the road in 2006. Second, we adjust for population and look at hybrids per person (in states) or per household (in metro areas). This lets us include cities like Portland, OR: a city that has fewer overall vehicles (and thus fewer hybrids) but has more hybrids per capita than anywhere else.

States with the Highest Hybrid Sales

Rank State Registered Hybrids*
1 California 61,663
2 Florida 11,713
3 Texas 11,594
4 New York 10,736
5 Virginia 9,717
6 Illinois 8,613
7 Washington 7,692
8 Pennsylvania 7,652
9 Massachusetts 6,766
10 New Jersey 6,452
11 Maryland 6,222
12 North Carolina 6,161
13 Ohio 5,464
14 Oregon 5,460
15 Colorado 5,119

*2006 Registrations (November 2006 YTD)

States where hybrids are most popular

Rank State Hybrids per 1000 residents*
1 California 1.71
2 Oregon 1.50
3 District of Columbia 1.46
4 Vermont 1.35
5 Virginia 1.28
6 Washington 1.22
7 Hawaii 1.18
8 New Hampshire 1.16
9 Maryland 1.11
10 Colorado 1.10
11 Massachusetts 1.06
12 Connecticut 0.92
13 Delaware 0.89
14 Arizona 0.85
15 New Mexico 0.85

*2006 Registrations (November 2006 YTD)

Metropolitan areas with the highest hybrid sales

Rank Metropolitan Area Hybrids*
1 Los Angeles 28,355
2 San Francisco 18,767
3 New York 12,992
4 Washington, DC 10,511
5 Boston 7,120
6 Chicago 6,908
7 Seattle 6,410
8 Philadelphia 6,231
9 San Diego 4,700
10 Denver 4,467
11 Sacramento 4,416
12 Portland, OR 4,149
13 Phoenix 3,848
14 Dallas/Ft. Worth 3,360
15 Houston 3,288

*2006 Registrations (November 2006 YTD)

Metropolitan areas where hybrids are most popular

Rank Metropolitan Area Hybrids per 1000 Households*
1 Portland, OR 10.19
2 San Francisco, CA 7.97
3 Monterey, CA 6.30
4 Santa Barbara, CA 5.63
5 Los Angeles 5.12
6 Bend, OR 4.87
7 Washington, DC 4.67
8 San Diego 4.58
9 Charlottesville, VA 4.50
10 Eugene 4.16
11 Seattle 3.77
12 Honolulu 3.63
13 Eureka 3.41
14 Sacramento 3.28
15 Madison, WI 3.22

*2006 Registrations (November 2006 YTD)