Nearly 14,000 radio stations in America

America’s FCC reports the total number of licensed radio stations has risen to 13,977, the highest number ever and nearly 1,200 above the number of licensed stations a decade ago.

The current total includes 6,309 commercial FMs and 4,776 AM stations. Not part of the count is the 831 licensed low-power FMs.

Radio reaches 78% of the total U.S. population, and does even better among key advertiser demographic groups. Arbitron reports that 95% of adults age 18-49 with a college degree and an annual household income of $50,000 or above, tune into radio over the course of a week.