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Number of cars per household

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Analysis of car ownership in 2016, indicates 51% of households in Greater Melbourne had access to two or more motor vehicles, compared to 52% in Victoria.

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 Greater Melbourne 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
Greater Melbourne - Households (Enumerated)20162011Change
Number of carsNumber%Victoria %Number%Victoria %2011 to 2016
No motor vehicles141,5768.57.6134,2189.08.3+7,358
1 motor vehicle552,16733.232.6506,13133.933.6+46,036
2 motor vehicles578,72134.834.8530,85735.535.7+47,864
3 or more motor vehicles265,06615.916.8229,90815.416.2+35,158
Not stated127,0177.68.193,5186.36.2+33,499

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, Victoria: 8.1% 3 or more motor vehicles, Victoria: 16.8% 2 motor vehicles, Victoria: 34.8% 1 motor vehicle, Victoria: 32.6% No motor vehicles, Victoria: 7.6% Not stated, Greater Melbourne: 7.6% 3 or more motor vehicles, Greater Melbourne: 15.9% 2 motor vehicles, Greater Melbourne: 34.8% 1 motor vehicle, Greater Melbourne: 33.2% No motor vehicles, Greater Melbourne: 8.5%
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, Greater Melbourne: +33,499 3 or more motor vehicles, Greater Melbourne: +35,158 2 motor vehicles, Greater Melbourne: +47,864 1 motor vehicle, Greater Melbourne: +46,036 No motor vehicles, Greater Melbourne: +7,358
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 Greater Melbourne in 2016 compared to Victoria shows that 83.9% of the households owned at least one car, while 8.5% did not, compared with 84.2% and 7.6% respectively in Victoria.

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

Overall, 33.2% of the households owned one car; 34.8% owned two cars; and 15.9% owned three cars or more, compared with 32.6%; 34.8% and 16.8% respectively for Victoria.

Emerging groups

The largest changes in the household car ownership in Greater Melbourne between 2011 and 2016 were:

  • 2 motor vehicles (+47,864 households)
  • 1 motor vehicle (+46,036 households)
  • 3 or more motor vehicles (+35,158 households)
  • No motor vehicles (+7,358 households)

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