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Households without Vehicles


Households without Vehicles

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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 2013-17, about 31,200 (11%) of households in Essex County did not have access to a vehicle. This was similar to the state rate of 12% and higher than the national rate of 9%. Rates in Essex County, Massachusetts and across the country have remained steady since 2000. The rates of households without cars were highest in Lawrence (24%), Lynn (22%), and Salem (16%).

How do we compare to similar counties?

Westchester, NY had a higher rate of non-vehicle households (14%) than Essex County, while Middlesex, MA was similar to Essex. Lake, IL had a substantially lower rate than any of the comparison counties, at 5%. There was little fluctuation in rates for comparison counties since 2000.

Notes about the data

Data for this indicator is expected to be released annually in December.

Households without Vehicles
20002008-122013-17
Essex County, MA11%11%11%
Amesbury7%*6%*
Beverly9%10%10%
Gloucester12%9%10%
Haverhill11%10%10%
Lawrence27%25%24%
Lynn21%22%22%
Methuen8%8%6%
Newburyport7%7%*6%*
Peabody8%11%11%
Salem13%15%16%
Andover6%5%*4%*
Boxford1%2%***1%***
Danvers5%6%*8%*
Essex4%3%***3%***
Georgetown3%3%***3%***
Groveland3%0%***2%***
Hamilton3%0%***4%***
Ipswich7%4%**6%*
Lynnfield4%3%***5%**
Manchester4%5%***6%***
Marblehead5%3%**5%*
Merrimac5%2%***3%***
Middleton3%3%***2%***
Nahant4%5%***5%***
Newbury2%2%***0%***
North Andover6%6%*6%*
Rockport10%6%**6%*
Rowley3%3%***4%***
Salisbury7%6%**6%**
Saugus7%5%*5%**
Swampscott7%4%***6%**
Topsfield3%4%***1%***
Wenham5%3%***4%***
West Newbury2%2%***2%***
Middlesex County, MA11%11%10%
Lake County, IL5%5%5%
Westchester County, NY15%14%14%
Massachusetts13%12%12%

Source: U.S. Census Bureau
Notes: Multiyear results are from rolling American Community Survey. * Margin of error between 20% & 35% of estimate; ** margin of error between 35% & 50%; *** margin of error greater than 50%.




Number of Households without Vehicles
20002008-122013-17
Essex County, MA30,47930,74731,177
Amesbury461*394*
Beverly1,4561,5351,576
Gloucester1,4701,0691,278
Haverhill2,6142,2912,528
Lawrence6,6746,6346,281
Lynn6,9197,3537,225
Methuen1,3581,460997
Newburyport555492*451*
Peabody1,4942,2512,418
Salem2,3112,7492,975
Andover655661*505*
Boxford1950***28***
Danvers508602*802*
Essex5144***41***
Georgetown7780***113***
Groveland559***46***
Hamilton780***113***
Ipswich372218**330*
Lynnfield156133***229**
Manchester79103***117***
Marblehead390265**376*
Merrimac10946***90***
Middleton7983***71***
Nahant7176***76***
Newbury5553***0***
North Andover599632*653*
Rockport336197**196*
Rowley6173***88***
Salisbury211208**208**
Saugus661543*510**
Swampscott401239***352**
Topsfield5375***27***
Wenham6340***53***
West Newbury3222***30***
Middlesex County, MA59,07061,64462,318
Lake County, IL10,04711,84911,489
Westchester County, NY51,20549,93449,674
Massachusetts311,079315,710320,661

Source: U.S. Census Bureau
Notes: Multiyear results are from rolling American Community Survey. * Margin of error between 20% & 35% of estimate; ** margin of error between 35% & 50%; *** margin of error greater than 50%.




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