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Greater Adelaide

Number of cars per household

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Analysis of car ownership in 2016, indicates 50% of households in Greater Adelaide had access to two or more motor vehicles, compared to 51% in Australia.

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 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
Greater Adelaide - Households (Enumerated)20162011Change
Number of carsNumber%Australia %Number%Australia %2011 to 2016
No motor vehicles40,2757.87.345,1779.28.4-4,902
1 motor vehicle182,18535.433.2179,75236.634.8+2,433
2 motor vehicles178,69734.734.1169,76634.534.6+8,931
3 or more motor vehicles80,87215.717.071,39214.515.7+9,480
Not stated32,7066.48.425,5985.26.5+7,108

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, Australia: 8.4% 3 or more motor vehicles, Australia: 17.0% 2 motor vehicles, Australia: 34.1% 1 motor vehicle, Australia: 33.2% No motor vehicles, Australia: 7.3% 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%
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 Adelaide: +7,108 3 or more motor vehicles, Greater Adelaide: +9,480 2 motor vehicles, Greater Adelaide: +8,931 1 motor vehicle, Greater Adelaide: +2,433 No motor vehicles, Greater Adelaide: -4,902
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 Adelaide in 2016 compared to Australia shows that 85.8% of the households owned at least one car, while 7.8% did not, compared with 84.4% and 7.3% respectively in Australia.

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

Overall, 35.4% of the households owned one car; 34.7% owned two cars; and 15.7% owned three cars or more, compared with 33.2%; 34.1% and 17.0% respectively for Australia.

Emerging groups

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

  • 3 or more motor vehicles (+9,480 households)
  • 2 motor vehicles (+8,931 households)
  • No motor vehicles (-4,902 households)
  • 1 motor vehicle (+2,433 households)

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