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WSROC Region

Number of cars per household

Analysis of car ownership in 2011, indicates 48% of households in the WSROC 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 WSROC 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
WSROC Region - Households (Enumerated)20112006Change
Number of carsNumber%Greater Sydney %Number%Greater Sydney %2006 to 2011
No motor vehicles58,28410.311.863,10911.812.6-4,825
1 motor vehicle197,56734.936.8188,95035.436.4+8,618
2 motor vehicles184,80832.731.4166,88431.330.2+17,923
3 or more motor vehicles85,50115.113.069,90613.111.5+15,595
Not stated39,2276.97.144,6778.49.3-5,450

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, WSROC Region: 6.9% 3 or more motor vehicles, WSROC Region: 15.1% 2 motor vehicles, WSROC Region: 32.7% 1 motor vehicle, WSROC Region: 34.9% No motor vehicles, WSROC Region: 10.3%
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, WSROC Region: -5,450 3 or more motor vehicles, WSROC Region: +15,595 2 motor vehicles, WSROC Region: +17,923 1 motor vehicle, WSROC Region: +8,618 No motor vehicles, WSROC Region: -4,825
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 WSROC Region in 2011 compared to Greater Sydney shows that 82.8% of the households owned at least one car, while 10.3% 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, 34.9% of the households owned one car; 32.7% owned two cars; and 15.1% 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 WSROC Region between 2006 and 2011 were:

  • 2 motor vehicles (+17,923 households)
  • 3 or more motor vehicles (+15,595 households)
  • 1 motor vehicle (+8,618 households)
  • No motor vehicles (-4,825 households)

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