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Statistical Brief: Americans and Their Automobiles

Report Number SB/92-2

Most American households have a motor vehicle. In 1989, just under 9 in 10 American households had at least one automobile, van, or light truck available to use. Over half had two or more. This abundance both solved and created problems.

This brief describes some aspects of our transportation patterns and our relationship with motor vehicles—how we get to work, when we leave, our parking arrangements, the problems of street noise and traffic, and the use of public transportation. Data were collected in the 1989 American Housing Survey, sponsored by the Department of Housing and Urban Development and conducted by the Bureau of the Census. Similar information on transportation patterns and vehicle use will be available for smaller areas in Summary Tape File 3A from the 1990 Census of Housing.


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