How many cars are there in your neighbourhood?

17/07/2008 15:00

On 1 January last year, 7.2 million cars were registered in the Netherlands, an average of 214 per square kilometre. In neighbourhoods where the average house value is low, car density tends to be higher.

Car density rate high in neighbourhoods where average house value is low

In neighbourhoods where the average house value did not exceed 200 thousand euro, the number of cars per square kilometre averaged 960. This is considerably higher than in more expensive neighbourhoods. In neighbourhoods where the average house value exceeds 300 thousand euro, the car density rate averaged 75. The discrepancy is due to the fact that the population density is higher in neighbourhoods where the average house value is low.

Car density by average house value of the neighbourhood, 2007

Car density by average house value of the neighbourhood, 2007

Many cars in highly urbanised neighbourhoods

With 6.8 thousand cars per square kilometre, the Graaf Ottoplein and surrounding area in Arnhem is an instance of a neighbourhood where the car density is extremely high. The population density in this neighbourhood is also very high, because the houses stand close together.

Cars per square kilometre in Arnhem, 2007

Cars per square kilometre in Arnhem, 2007

Car rate per household low in cheap neighbourhoods

Many cars per square kilometre does not imply that there are many cars per household. Although car density was high in cheap neighbourhoods, the number of cars per households was on average lowest. In nearly 70 percent of all neighbourhoods with an average house value below 200 thousand euro, residents owned an average of less than 1 car per household.

Cars per household by average house value of the neighbourhood, 2007

Cars per household by average house value of the neighbourhood, 2007

Caroline van Houwelingen