Melbourne Car Ownership Map

As of 2013, there were 13 million passenger vehicles registered in Australia. In 1955, the car ownership rate in Australia was 153 passenger vehicles per 1,000 people. By 2013, this rate increased to 568 per 1,000 people. According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics, in 2012, people aged 55-64 years were the most likely to drive to work or full-time study (78%), while young people (aged 18-24 years) were the least likely age group (63%).

An important question in urban planning and travel demand forecasting is where do households with fewer or more cars live? and why? In this project, we visualize the spatial distribution of car ownership by dwelling in Melbourne metropolitan area using Census (2011) data. Every dot in the map represents a dwelling. Click on the arrow on the right to see the map.

As expected, households who live within CBD and inner city areas have fewer cars, mostly 0 or 1 car per dwelling. As we go further out to the suburbs, car ownership rate increases.

This project is funded by the Faculty of Engineering Seed Funding and the Immersive Analytics Project at Monash University.

Data Source: ABS Census 2011

Marcell Sales De Oliveira Assis, Allan Ribeiro Pimenta, Xianghui Hong, and Meead Saberi