Source: U.S. Department of Commerce, U.S. Census Bureau, American Community
Percentage of Households by Number of Vehicles, 1977-2009
There are two important trends in car ownership
in the United States which can be extrapolated to other highly motorized
An important factor behind these trends is the rising
standards of living and the growing participation
of women in the labor force, which often requires the ownership of a
second vehicle for an household. Still, since 2001 a new trend
appears to by emerging with a stabilization in the distribution
of vehicle ownership, underlining a mature
market. It can even be expected that in the coming years the
share of households without a vehicle or with more than one
vehicle will decline. This is linked with the aging of the
population, little changes in income for most households and
attitude changes about vehicle ownership.
may become a reality.
- Reduction in the number of households without cars. The number of households without cars
declined by about
a half, from 20% in 1969 to 9% in 2009.
- Increase in multi-vehicle households. The number of households with two or more cars has increased
substantially, from 31% in 1969 to 59% in 2009.