Examining numbers of vehicles per household or by population size helps illustrate how auto-dependent a city is.
Census estimates suggest there were about 1.8 vehicles per U.S. household in 2013. This ratio varies greatly across cities and larger regions. As one would expect, suburban jurisdictions tend to have greater car ownership than more densely-populated cities.
Using data from the Census Bureau's 2010-2013 American Community Survey, Governing computed three measures assessing numbers of cars in each city:
Ratio of available vehicles to households
Ratio of available vehicles to adult population
Share of households reporting no available vehicles
The following map shows numbers of vehicles per household, with cities having fewer vehicles shaded dark blue. Data is shown for all cities with at least 50,000 residents.
Click a city to display its measures. Please zoom in to view cities clustered together, or pan the map for Alaska and Hawaii.