Car ownership among over-75s on the rise

More and more people aged 75 or older in the Netherlands own a car. On 1 January 2018, car ownership per thousand inhabitants in this age group was up by one-third compared to ten years ago. This is the strongest increase among all age groups. During the same period, the number of kilometres travelled per person also rose most sharply among the over-75s, according to newly released figures by Statistics Netherlands (CBS).

Car ownership, 1 January (per thousand inhabitants)
 Total 18 yrs or older18 to 29 yrs30 to 49 yrs50 to 64 yrs65 to 74 yrs75 yrs or older

Car ownership among the over-75s has increased each year over the past ten years. On 1 January 2018, there were 437 cars in the Netherlands for every thousand persons aged 75 and over, up from 325 at the start of 2008. This means that car ownership rates among the over-75s were higher than among people aged 18 to 29, where the rate stood at 287 in every thousand inhabitants at the start of the year. The share of car owners among 65 to 74-year-olds has also seen a relatively sharp increase.

Car ownership rates are lowest among the group of 18 to 29-year-olds. Car ownership in this age group decreased for years, but has seen a slight increase again over the past three years, rising by 1 percent between the start of 2015 and the start of 2018.

Number of kilometres travelled per inhabitant (x 1,000)
 Total 18 yrs or older18 to 29 yrs30 to 49 yrs50 to 64 yrs65 to 74 yrs75 yrs or older

Lowest mileage among the elderly

In 2016, car drivers aged 75 or older drove an average 2.7 thousand kilometres per person. This group saw the steepest rise in the average number of kilometres travelled among all age groups; the distance covered was on average 32 percent up compared to ten years previously.

In 2016, young drivers covered nearly 4 thousand kilometres per person on average, i.e. 14 percent less than in 2006.

Highest car ownership among elderly in Rozendaal

With 744 cars for every thousand persons aged 75 and up, the car ownership rate in this age group is highest in Rozendaal, followed by Blaricum and Mook en Middelaar (686 and 607 cars per thousand persons respectively).

The municipalities with the lowest ownership rate among over-75s are Vlieland (250), Amsterdam (273) and Rotterdam (278).

Most common car models, 1 January 2018 (x 1,000)
 Number of cars
75 yrs or older
Toyota Yaris15
Opel Agila14.4
Renault Megane Scenic13.7
Volkswagen Polo11.1
Citroën C310.2
18 to 29-year-olds
Volkswagen Polo45.4
Volkswagen Golf40
Peugeot 20624.2
Ford Fiesta21
Seat Ibiza19.4

Grey most popular colour

Grey is the most popular car colour for both the over-75s and the group of 18 to 29-year-olds. Grey cars are owned by 45 percent of the elderly and by 29 percent of young people. The most common car models among people aged 75 and over are Toyota Yaris, Opel Agila and Renault Megane Scenic. The most popular models among 18 to 29-year-olds are Volkswagen Polo, Volkswagen Golf and Peugeot 206.

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