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Trend of Licensed Male vs. Female Drivers in the U.S. from 1994 to 2018

Source: U.S. Department of Transportation's Highway Statistics table DL-22 (CSV).
  • The total number of licensed drivers, both male and female, has increased from 1994 to 2018.
  • Male drivers started at approximately 89.16 million in 1994, peaking at around 111.40 million in 2017 before a slight decrease to 110.99 million in 2018.
  • Female drivers have consistently trailed behind male drivers, starting at around 86.24 million in 1994 and rising to 115.08 million in 2018.
  • Across the 25-year span, the number of licensed female drivers has grown to eventually surpass the number of male drivers by the end of 2018.
  • The trend suggests a closing gap between the sexes, where female drivers are a growing proportion of the driving population.

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