A government census has revealed which state is home to the most cars, and Queenslanders might be disappointed with the results.

In Queensland, we have a pathological need to win everything, so it’s with some sadness that we report our state has not topped the list of cars per capita.

It turns out Tasmania is home to more cars per person than any other state or territory. New data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) shows the Apple Isle has more than 860 registered vehicles for every 1,000 people.

That’s an increase of 63 vehicles per 1,000 residents from where Tasmania was five years ago; it also places Tasmania more than 100 cars above the national average, most likely because of the state’s decentralised population and its lack of public transport options.

Queensland came in a respectable third, with 790 cars per 1,000 people, up from 768 five years ago and 782 last year.

Cars per 1,000 people

State/Territory 2009 2013 2014
Australia 730 749 756
Tasmania 798 853 861
NSW 652 678 683
Victoria 755 771 774
Queensland 768 782 790
South Australia 757 781 791
WA 828 826 840
Northern Territory 579 623 627
ACT 703 725 727