Households without Vehicles
What does this measure?
The number of households which do not report having a vehicle kept at the home, available for use, expressed as a percentage of all households.
Why is this important?
A vehicle makes it easier for people to work and to conduct daily business such as doctor's visits and shopping. Ready access to transportation can also make it simpler to be involved in schools, religious organizations, and other forms of civic life.
How is our county doing?
In 2010-14 over 31,000 (11%) of households in Essex County did not have a vehicle. This is lower than the state rate of 13% and higher than the national rate of 9%. Rates in Essex County, the state and across the county have remained steady since 2000. The rate of households without cars were highest in Lawrence (25%), Lynn (22%), and Salem (17%).
How do we compare to similar counties?
Westchester, NY had a higher rate of non-vehicle households (15%) than Essex County, while Middlesex, MA shared Essex County's rate. Lake, IL had a substantially lower rate than any of the other comparison counties at 5%. There was no fluctuation in rate for comparison counties since 2000.
Notes about the data
Data for this indicator is expected to be released annually in December.