More Aussies Go Without A Vehicle

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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.

The earlier research (2011)  found 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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