The United States has 74,002 census tracts. Only 351 of those had 75% or more carfree households.
A whopping 312 of the 351 carfree census tracts were in New York
The distribution is as follows for 75% or more carfree households
- Manhattan (New York County): 163
- The Bronx: 68
- Brooklyn (Kings County): 74
- Queens: 6
- Staten Island (Richmond County): 1
Other U.S. cities had only a scattering of tracts where carfree levels were as high: San Francisco: 11; Boston: 3; Baltimore: 3; Philadelphia: 3; Washington: 1; Chicago: 1; Los Angeles: 1. High carfree levels in New York (and elsewhere as well) are highly correlated with density
Oh, and Alaska had 4.
It almost goes without saying that an obvious explanation for the inability of the United States government to do anything much to change car dependence is the country’s high level of car ownership. There are, however, several million households in large cities in which a choice has been made not to acquire an automobile. New York has many more such households than any other urban area. It’s the one large place in the United States where only a minority of households have a vehicle available.
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