Tidbit Tuesday — Non-Vehicle Households

Every Tuesday, the Mayor’s Office of Transportation & Utilities (MOTU) posts a map or graphic that tells a story about transportation or utilities in the City of Brotherly Love.

Philadelphia is one of the best places in the nation to live without a car.  Our compact neighborhoods, 24-hour transit routes, and citywide bicycle network reduce the need for car ownership.  As a result, approximately 34% of households in this city get by without a vehicle at home, even though less than 9% do nationally.

This week, we wanted to know which areas of the city have high concentrations of zero-vehicle households.

ZeroVehicleMapAs expected, being close to the El is strongly associated with lower car ownership.  However, we were more surprised at just how prevalent non-vehicle households are throughout the city.

What interesting patterns do you notice?  What surprises you about these numbers?

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