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Macarthur Region

Number of cars per household

Analysis of car ownership in 2011, indicates 56% of households in the Macarthur Region had access to two or more motor vehicles, compared to 44% in Greater Sydney.

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 Macarthur Region 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 2011?'

Households

Car ownership
Macarthur Region - Households (Enumerated)20112006Change
Number of carsNumber%Greater Sydney %Number%Greater Sydney %2006 to 2011
No motor vehicles5,5606.811.86,3238.212.6-763
1 motor vehicle25,32230.936.824,63431.836.4+688
2 motor vehicles29,79236.431.427,52135.530.2+2,271
3 or more motor vehicles16,35420.013.013,45617.411.5+2,898
Not stated4,8365.97.15,5047.19.3-668

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 Not stated, Greater Sydney: 7.1% 3 or more motor vehicles, Greater Sydney: 13.0% 2 motor vehicles, Greater Sydney: 31.4% 1 motor vehicle, Greater Sydney: 36.8% No motor vehicles, Greater Sydney: 11.8% Not stated, Macarthur Region: 5.9% 3 or more motor vehicles, Macarthur Region: 20.0% 2 motor vehicles, Macarthur Region: 36.4% 1 motor vehicle, Macarthur Region: 30.9% No motor vehicles, Macarthur Region: 6.8%
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2011 (Enumerated data)
Compiled and presented in profile.id by .id, the population experts.
Change in car ownership, 2006 to 2011
Change in car ownership, 2006 to 2011 Not stated, Macarthur Region: -668 3 or more motor vehicles, Macarthur Region: +2,898 2 motor vehicles, Macarthur Region: +2,271 1 motor vehicle, Macarthur Region: +688 No motor vehicles, Macarthur Region: -763
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2006 and 2011 (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 Macarthur Region in 2011 compared to Greater Sydney shows that 87.3% of the households owned at least one car, while 6.8% did not, compared with 81.2% and 11.8% respectively in Greater Sydney.

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

Overall, 30.9% of the households owned one car; 36.4% owned two cars; and 20.0% owned three cars or more, compared with 36.8%; 31.4% and 13.0% respectively for Greater Sydney.

Emerging groups

The largest changes in the household car ownership in the Macarthur Region between 2006 and 2011 were:

  • 3 or more motor vehicles (+2,898 households)
  • 2 motor vehicles (+2,271 households)
  • No motor vehicles (-763 households)
  • 1 motor vehicle (+688 households)

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