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Central Coast Council area

Low income households - Number of cars per household

In the Central Coast Council area, 13.7% of people in low income households had access to two or more motor vehicles.

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 Central Coast Council area 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.

This topic is restricted to those in low income households. Low incomes may be associated with less transport options and lack of access to a car. However, this may not be a concern in all areas if public transport is available. Local governments may need to provide transport services or advocate for transport services to low income households where there are few other transport options.

To further build the story of low income households in the Central Coast Council area, car ownership data should be looked at in conjunction with Age Structure and Household Type.

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?'

People in low income households, counted in private dwellings

Car ownership
Central Coast Council area - Low income households20112006Change
Number of carsNumber%New South WalesNumber%New South Wales2006 to 2011
No motor vehicles7,07422.825.87,17827.029.9-104
1 motor vehicle18,12858.452.214,94456.249.9+3,184
2 motor vehicles3,52711.413.82,4939.412.0+1,034
3 or more motor vehicles7232.33.44661.82.8+257
Not stated1,5685.14.91,5015.65.4+67

Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing 2006 and 2011. Compiled and presented by .id , the population experts.

Car ownership, 2011
Car ownership, 2011 3 or more motor vehicles, New South Wales: 3.4% 2 motor vehicles, New South Wales: 13.8% 1 motor vehicle, New South Wales: 52.2% No motor vehicles, New South Wales: 25.8% 3 or more motor vehicles, Central Coast Council area: 2.3% 2 motor vehicles, Central Coast Council area: 11.4% 1 motor vehicle, Central Coast Council area: 58.4% No motor vehicles, Central Coast Council area: 22.8%
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2011 (Enumerated data)
Compiled and presented by .id, the population experts.
Change in car ownership, 2006 to 2011
Change in car ownership, 2006 to 2011 3 or more motor vehicles, Central Coast Council area: +257 2 motor vehicles, Central Coast Council area: +1,034 1 motor vehicle, Central Coast Council area: +3,184 No motor vehicles, Central Coast Council area: -104
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2006 and 2011 (Enumerated data)
Compiled and presented by .id, the population experts.

Dominant groups

Analysis of the car ownership for low income households in the Central Coast Council area in 2011 compared to New South Wales shows that 72.1% of low income households owned at least one car, while 22.8% did not, compared with 69.4% and 25.8% respectively for New South Wales.

Of those who 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, 58.4% of low income households that owned one car; 11.4% owned two cars; and 2.3% owned three cars or more, compared with 52.2%; 13.8% and 3.4% respectively for New South Wales.

Emerging groups

The largest changes in the household car ownership for low income households in the Central Coast Council area between 2006 and 2011 were:

  • 1 motor vehicle (+3,184 households)
  • 2 motor vehicles (+1,034 households)
  • 3 or more motor vehicles (+257 households)
  • No motor vehicles (-104 households)
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