Freeing ourselves from car ownership

7th September 2015

Roy Morgan Research report (28/8/15):

"An estimated 574,000 Australian households (6.3%) now don’t have a car, up from 490,000 (5.8%) four years ago. However this small overall increase masks divergent trends at opposite ends of the household life cycle, new automotive research from Roy Morgan shows.

"A higher proportion of younger and mid-life households, ranging from Young Singles, Young Couples and Young Parents through to Mid-Life Families, now don’t have car compared with 2011. But Older Households—which make up around a third of the population—have bucked the trend, and are now less likely to be car-free.

"In the year to March 2011, only around 1 in 15 households comprising Young Couples (6.4%) didn’t have a car; four years later, and it’s over 1 in 9 (11.3%). During that time, the rate of car-free living among Young Couples surpassed that among Older Households, which declined from 7.5% to 6.4%.

"17.0% of Young Singles now don’t have a car in the household (up from 15.6% in 2011). The most likely household type to have a car is Mid-Life Families—however the proportion without one has nearly doubled from 1.8% to 3.5% over the last four years."  

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