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Number of cars per household

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Analysis of car ownership in 2016, indicates 19% of households in the City of Adelaide had access to two or more motor vehicles, compared to 50% in Greater Adelaide.

The ability of the population to access services and employment is strongly influenced by access to transport. The number of motor vehicles per household in the City of Adelaide quantifies access to private transport and will be influenced by Age Structure and Household Type, which determine the number of adults present; access to Public Transport; distance to shops, services, employment and education; and Household Income. Depending on these factors, car ownership can be seen as a measure of advantage or disadvantage, or a neutral socio-economic measure, which impacts on the environment and quality of life.

Derived from the Census question:

'How many registered motor vehicles owned or used by residents of this dwelling were garaged or parked at or near this dwelling on the night of Tuesday, 9 August 2016?'

Households

Car ownership
City of Adelaide - Households (Enumerated)20162011Change
Number of carsNumber%Greater Adelaide %Number%Greater Adelaide %2011 to 2016
map this data in atlas.idNo motor vehicles2,78427.87.82,67828.49.2+106
1 motor vehicle
4,04540.535.43,75939.836.6+286
map this data in atlas.id2 motor vehicles1,53315.334.71,49315.834.5+40
3 or more motor vehicles
3343.315.73543.814.5-20
Not stated
1,30313.06.41,15312.25.2+150

Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing 2011 and 2016. Compiled and presented by .id , the population experts.

Car ownership, 2016
Car ownership, 2016 Not stated, Greater Adelaide: 6.4% 3 or more motor vehicles, Greater Adelaide: 15.7% 2 motor vehicles, Greater Adelaide: 34.7% 1 motor vehicle, Greater Adelaide: 35.4% No motor vehicles, Greater Adelaide: 7.8% Not stated, City of Adelaide: 13.0% 3 or more motor vehicles, City of Adelaide: 3.3% 2 motor vehicles, City of Adelaide: 15.3% 1 motor vehicle, City of Adelaide: 40.5% No motor vehicles, City of Adelaide: 27.8%
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2016 (Enumerated data)
Compiled and presented in profile.id by .id, the population experts.
Change in car ownership, 2011 to 2016
Change in car ownership, 2011 to 2016 Not stated, City of Adelaide: +150 3 or more motor vehicles, City of Adelaide: -20 2 motor vehicles, City of Adelaide: +40 1 motor vehicle, City of Adelaide: +286 No motor vehicles, City of Adelaide: +106
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2011 and 2016 (Enumerated data)
Compiled and presented in profile.id by .id, the population experts.

Dominant groups

Analysis of the car ownership of the households in the City of Adelaide in 2016 compared to Greater Adelaide shows that 59.1% of the households owned at least one car, while 27.8% did not, compared with 85.8% and 7.8% respectively in Greater Adelaide.

Of those that owned at least one vehicle, there was a larger proportion who owned just one car; a smaller proportion who owned two cars; and a smaller proportion who owned three cars or more.

Overall, 40.5% of the households owned one car; 15.3% owned two cars; and 3.3% owned three cars or more, compared with 35.4%; 34.7% and 15.7% respectively for Greater Adelaide.

Emerging groups

The largest changes in the household car ownership in the City of Adelaide between 2011 and 2016 were:

  • 1 motor vehicle (+286 households)
  • No motor vehicles (+106 households)

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