Learn More: Vehicle Ownership

The Vehicle Ownership dataset includes the following two variables: Average Vehicles per Household and Households with No Vehicles. Below is a chart showing the average number of vehicles per household across 12 selected neighborhoods.
Browse this Learn More page to see this dataset's metadata and why each of its variables are important to measure.

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Metadata

Variable Definitions:
Average Vehicles per Household: The average number of working vehicles per household, excluding motorcycles or other recreational vehicles
Households with No Vehicles: The percentage of households who do not possess a working vehicle, excluding motorcycles or other recreational vehicles
Source:
American Community Survey, 5 Year Estimates, Table B25044
Years Available:
2006-2010, 2007-2011, 2008-2012, 2009-2013, 2010-2014, 2011-2015
Geographic Unit:
Census Tract

Why are these Variables Important to Measure?

Average Vehicles per Household
A household is considered to have a vehicle when it owns or leases a passenger car, van, pickup truck, or panel truck and keeps the vehicle at home. Company and government-owned vehicles such as police cars are counted if they are also used for non-business purposes. Motorcycles and other recreational vehicles are not counted in this measure.
The average number of vehicles per household is a measure of access to transportation which varies in importance depending on the geographic location and population characteristics of a neighborhood. For example, owning a vehicle may be less important in neighborhoods where a high percentage of the residents work in their neighborhood or use public transportation to get to work.
Generally, low-income households and renters tend to have fewer vehicles per household. Because the city of Los Angeles is geographically large and many residents tend to live and work in separate neighborhoods, vehicle ownership is an important part of understanding access to employment for this region.
Average Vehicles per Household is a useful tool when compared to other variables such as Average Household Size and Public Transit Use to understand whether or not households in a given area own a reasonable number of vehicles.
Households with No Vehicles
A household is considered to have a vehicle when it owns or leases a working passenger car, van, pickup truck, or panel truck and keeps the vehicle at home. Company and government-owned vehicles such as police cars are counted if they are also used for non-business purposes. Motorcycles and other recreational vehicles are not counted in this measure.
Access to transportation is an important factor in understanding many other policy areas including income and employment, food scarcity, and health. In some urban areas, low vehicle ownership is not a significant barrier to accessing employment and other resources if public transit is widely available and used. Because the city of Los Angeles is geographically large and many residents tend to live and work in separate neighborhoods, vehicle ownership is an important part of understanding access to employment in this region.
Households with No Vehicles is a useful tool when compared with other variables like the Unemployment Rate, Grocery Store Access, and Transit Ridership to understand how transportation may affect access to other resources and opportunities in a neighborhood.
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