Americans own a lot of motor vehicles. According to Forbes, "Car ownership in America is on the rise." The site says, "Only 8.3% of households did not have a vehicle in 2022, a 4.6% decrease from 2018 when 8.7% of households did not have a vehicle."

While 91.7 percent of American households owned vehicles in 2022, Forbes also found that 37 percent had two and 22.1 percent had three.

Thee were 278,870,463 personal and commercial vehicles registered to U.S. drivers in 2022. That's a lot of cars.

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According to a Boston Globe analysis of Registry of Motor Vehicles data, 4.6 million private passenger cars and trucks are registered in Massachusetts.

Massachusetts has 351 cities and towns, and which vehicles are most popular depends upon in which of those communities you reside.

For example, Hondas and Toyotas are most popular in Boston. The Jeep Wrangler tops the list in Oak Bluffs. In Weston, the Mercedes is king.

New Bedford's Ten Most Popular Car Brands
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The Globe report says, "Statewide, Toyota is the number-one make, accounting for 17.7% of all cars, followed by Honda, Ford, Chevrolet, Nissan, Jeep, Subaru, Hyundai, Dodge, and BMW."

The top car brands in New Bedford include Toyota, Honda, Ford, Nissan, Chevrolet, Hyundai, Jeep, Kia, Dodge and GMC.

In Fairhaven, you can drop the Kia and add Mazda. Acushnet's list mirrors New Bedford's. In Dartmouth, add Subaru and lose the Dodge.

The most popular vehicles in Massachusetts include the Toyota Camry, Honda Accord, Toyota Corolla, Honda Civic, Honda CRV, Toyota RAV4, Chevrolet Silverado, Nissan Altima, Toyota Highlander and Subaru Forester.

Forbes says Massachusetts is among the states with the lowest rate of car ownership (88.1 percent), and Rhode Island is among the states to experience the largest decrease in motor vehicle registrations between 2018 and 2022 (-7.3 percent).

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New Bedford's '50s Night Over the Years

Joe Jesus' '50s Night was a longtime staple of New Bedford's summer schedule with 29 straight years until road construction held it off in 2018. It came back in 2019 following Joe's passing, but it missed 2020 and 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. It made a triumphant return in 2022 and is set to become an annual tradition once again. Take a look at '50s Night over the years.

Gallery Credit: Tim Weisberg

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