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Households Without Vehicles


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. While a vehicle can be an asset, repairs and insurance costs also can be a financial burden. Vehicle access is less critical in areas with robust public transportation, and some urban residents choose transit, cycling and walking over car ownership.

How is our region doing?

In 2014-18, 10% of households in MetroWest did not have access to a vehicle. This was slightly lower than the state rate of 12% and similar to the national rate of 9%. Rates in MetroWest, Massachusetts and across the country have remained steady since 2000.

The percentage of households without vehicles was similar across Middlesex, Norfolk and Worcester counties. In Framingham and Waltham 9% of households lacked vehicles. For comparison, 34% of households had no vehicle in Boston. In most other MetroWest communities, the sample size was too small to make reliable comparisons.

Notes about the data

The multiyear figures are from the Census Bureau's American Community Survey. The bureau combined five years of responses to the survey to provide estimates for smaller geographic areas and increase the precision of its estimates. The survey provides data on characteristics of the population that used to be collected only during the decennial census. Data for this indicator are expected to be released annually in December.

Households without Vehicles
United States10%9%9%
Acton town, Middlesex County3%3%**4%**
Ashland town, Middlesex County3%3%***3%***
Bedford town, Middlesex County5%6%**4%**
Bellingham town, Norfolk County3%3%**3%***
Boxborough town, Middlesex County1%1%***2%***
Carlisle town, Middlesex County3%1%***2%***
Concord town, Middlesex County3%8%*4%*
Dedham town, Norfolk County6%7%*8%*
Dover town, Norfolk County0%2%***1%***
Framingham city, Middlesex County8%10%9%
Franklin town, Norfolk County5%*5%*
Groton town, Middlesex County3%2%***4%**
Harvard town, Worcester County1%0%***0%***
Holliston town, Middlesex County3%3%***3%***
Hopkinton town, Middlesex County2%1%***2%***
Hudson town, Middlesex County8%5%*3%**
Lexington town, Middlesex County5%6%*3%*
Lincoln town, Middlesex County3%2%***9%***
Littleton town, Middlesex County4%6%***4%**
Marlborough city, Middlesex County8%8%*6%*
Maynard town, Middlesex County6%3%***5%***
Medfield town, Norfolk County3%3%***2%***
Medway town, Norfolk County4%4%***2%***
Milford town, Worcester County8%8%*6%*
Millis town, Norfolk County4%0%***3%***
Natick town, Middlesex County5%6%*4%*
Needham town, Norfolk County6%4%*6%*
Sherborn town, Middlesex County1%2%***1%***
Southborough town, Worcester County2%1%***2%***
Stow town, Middlesex County3%3%***2%***
Sudbury town, Middlesex County2%2%***3%**
Walpole town, Norfolk County5%5%*5%*
Waltham city, Middlesex County10%9%9%
Wayland town, Middlesex County3%5%**4%*
Wellesley town, Norfolk County4%3%**4%*
Westborough town, Worcester County6%6%*7%**
Westford town, Middlesex County2%1%***2%**
Weston town, Middlesex County3%4%**5%**
Westwood town, Norfolk County6%6%*5%**

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
United States10,861,06710,483,07710,424,934
Acton town, Middlesex County234276**346**
Ashland town, Middlesex County158188***169***
Bedford town, Middlesex County215280**223**
Bellingham town, Norfolk County141162**201***
Boxborough town, Middlesex County2621***44***
Carlisle town, Middlesex County4510***44***
Concord town, Middlesex County150523*276*
Dedham town, Norfolk County529667*788*
Dover town, Norfolk County933***27***
Framingham city, Middlesex County2,0312,6712,489
Franklin town, Norfolk County587*538*
Groton town, Middlesex County10886***172**
Harvard town, Worcester County208***7***
Holliston town, Middlesex County143147***167***
Hopkinton town, Middlesex County10355***126***
Hudson town, Middlesex County535399*253**
Lexington town, Middlesex County563684*406*
Lincoln town, Middlesex County7047***228***
Littleton town, Middlesex County118188***141**
Marlborough city, Middlesex County1,0991,240*914*
Maynard town, Middlesex County241114***223***
Medfield town, Norfolk County131135***97***
Medway town, Norfolk County181165***73***
Milford town, Worcester County811883*715*
Millis town, Norfolk County1230***85***
Natick town, Middlesex County701883*641*
Needham town, Norfolk County635445*596*
Sherborn town, Middlesex County2132***10***
Southborough town, Worcester County7223***66***
Stow town, Middlesex County5869***64***
Sudbury town, Middlesex County121115***203**
Walpole town, Norfolk County386460*441*
Waltham city, Middlesex County2,4322,2462,127
Wayland town, Middlesex County116230**216*
Wellesley town, Norfolk County314250**384*
Westborough town, Worcester County406435*451**
Westford town, Middlesex County15259***135**
Weston town, Middlesex County124157**183**
Westwood town, Norfolk County317303*295**

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%.

Early Prenatal Care by Mother's Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Children Living in Poverty Increasing
Children Living in Poverty, by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Single-Parent Families Increasing
Single-Parent Families by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Disengaged Youth Decreasing
Reports of Domestic Violence Maintaining
Arts, Entertainment and Recreation Establishments Increasing
Households Without Vehicles Maintaining
Means of Transportation to Work Not Applicable
Average Travel Time to Work Increasing
Households With Internet Access Not Applicable
Voter Participation Rate Decreasing
Average Charitable Contribution Maintaining
Protected Land Not Applicable
Drug Poisoning Mortality Rate Increasing
Crimes Against People Decreasing
Incarceration Rates, by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Change in Total Population Increasing
Change in Population by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Foreign-Born Population Increasing
Language Diversity Increasing
Population by Age Not Applicable
Change in Population by Age/Gender Not Applicable
Seniors Living Alone Decreasing
People with Disabilities Maintaining
Change in Total Jobs by Sector Not Applicable
Unemployment Rate Maintaining
Average Salary by Sector Not Applicable
High-Tech Jobs Decreasing
Female to Male Earnings Ratio Maintaining
Prekindergarten Participation Increasing
Student Performance on Grade 3 English, by Student Subgroup Not Applicable
Chronically Absent Students Decreasing
High School Cohort Graduation Rate by Student Group Increasing
Education Levels of Adults Not Applicable
Education Levels of Adults, by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
People Living in Poverty Increasing
People Living in Poverty, by Education Level Not Applicable
People Living in Poverty, by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Household Receiving Temporary Assistance Maintaining
Participation in Food Assistance by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Median Household Income Maintaining
Median Household Income, by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Living Wage Not Applicable
80/20 Income Ratio Maintaining
Access to Financial Services, by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Homeownership Rates Increasing
Homeownership Rates, by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Cost of Homeownership Increasing
Cost of Rent Not Applicable
Homelessness Increasing