Seattle Leads the Nation in Reducing Car Ownership

Seattle has achieved unparalleled success in allowing residents the option to choose not to own a car.

November 4, 2019, 2:00 PM PST

By James Brasuell @CasualBrasuell


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"When it comes to car ownership, Seattle has finally turned a corner," according to an article by Gene Balk.

"Census data released last month shows the city’s car-ownership rate has dropped dramatically in the past several years. In the new estimates, about 81% of Seattle households owned at least one vehicle in 2018 — that’s the lowest rate since the 1980s," reports Balk.

The city of Seattle's drop in car-ownership is the biggest among the 50-most populous cities in the country, and by a wide margin, according to Balk. Granted, U.S. cities are setting a low bar of performance on this metric: only 11 of those 50 cities achieved any decline since 2010.

A follow up article by Patrick Taylor calls the news about Seattle's declining rate of car ownership a "victory for the urbanist vision."

Saturday, November 2, 2019 in The Seattle Times

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