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Old 03-26-2012, 09:55 AM
 
Location: Toronto
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Yeah, I know there's been quite a lot of threads on which American cities are most sub-urban or which cities are easiest to live without a car, which are most walkable, have the most public transit and whatnot.

But I wonder if aside from that there are actually stats on how many people actually go completely without car.

I'm curious if there are any stats on how many people actually do live without a car in US cities (any sources etc.)?
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Old 03-26-2012, 10:43 AM
 
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http://www.brookings.edu/~/media/Fil...tion_tomer.pdf

Highlights:

Over 10,000,000 households don't have a car, 7,500,000 of them live in metropolitan areas.

Over 90% of those households are in metro areas with rail transit acess.

The typical car-free household can reach over 40% of the metro area jobs by rail transit.

New York is the clear #1 metro in the number of households without a car, at 2,100,000, followed by Chicago with 400,000. The top 7 metro areas have over half of the households without a car in the country.

2/3 of households without a car live in the central city of their metro area.

60% of carless households earn 80% of less of the average US income. 40% are mid or high wage earners.

Transit coverage for carless households is highest in the Northeast, followed by the West/Midwest, and lowest in the South - where around 30% of households without cars have no transit access.

Atlanta, Houston and Dallas have the largest share of the 700,000 carless households in the USA who have no transit access.
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Old 03-26-2012, 11:19 AM
 
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The findings are hardly a surprise. New York, Boston, Chicago, Philadelphia and D.C. are probably the best cities in the U.S. with transit systems.
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