Hampshire Facts and Figures

2001 Census: Cars and Vans

Summary Table:

This table gives the total number of cars or vans available for use by private households including company cars and vans that can be used privately. The percentage of households that have access to none, one, two, three and four or more cars or vans are also shown. The cars and vans of people in communal establishments are not included. All households are included in this table.

All Households No Cars One Car Two Cars Three or More Cars Total Number of Cars or Vans
Basingstoke & Deane 61,722 15.98 40.24 34.04 9.73 87,091
East Hampshire 43,625 12.29 38.87 36.75 12.09 66,779
Eastleigh 47,001 14.53 42.17 34.18 9.12 66,199
Fareham 43,577 14.36 42.44 34.59 8.6 61,163
Gosport 31,337 24.65 49.27 21.49 4.59 33,617
Hart 32,470 8.82 35.68 41.73 13.76 53,725
Havant 48,460 21.41 44.5 27.4 6.69 58,867
New Forest 71,985 14.22 44.82 31.36 9.6 100,779
Rushmoor 35,263 16.95 43.13 31.47 8.44 47,413
Test Valley 44,134 14.47 40.24 35.21 10.08 63,'793
Winchester 43,132 15.69 39.37 34.54 10.4 61,868
Portsmouth 78,719 33.35 45.5 17.64 3.51 72,609
Southampton 91,217 30.28 45.34 19.55 4.83 91,729
   
Hampshire 502,706 15.65 41.96 32.99 9.4 701,294
Hampshire (including Portsmouth and Southampton) 672,642 19.7 42.83 29.37 8.09 865,632


Some groups have been combined in this table. A more detailed table can be provided if you contact us.

Commentary:

Hampshire County

The number of cars available for use by Hampshire residents increased from 554,500 cars in 1991 to 701,300 in 2001, an increase of 26.5 per cent, very close to the national average of 25.9 per cent.

Despite this large increase in car availability, there was only a modest reduction in the number of households without access to a car. 15.7 per cent of Hampshire households did not have access to a car in 2001 compared with 19.3 per cent in 1991.

The main reason for the large increase in the number of cars was the substantial increase in the number of multi car households. The number of households in Hampshire with access to two cars increased by 27 per cent between 1991 and 2001; during the same period, the number of households with access to 3 or more cars increased by over 50 per cent, from 30,700 in 1991 to 47,300 in 2001.

Within Hampshire, households in Hart had by far the highest car availability. 55.5 per cent of households resident in Hart had access to 2 or more cars in 2001, not far short of double the national average of 29.4 per cent of households. Only 8.8 per cent of households resident in Hart did not have access to a car compared with the national average of 26.8 per cent.

At the other end of the spectrum, almost a quarter of all households resident in Gosport did not have access to a car in 2001(24.7 per cent), and only 26.1 per cent had access to two or more cars, significantly below the national average of 29.4 per cent.

Portsmouth and Southampton

Lower car availability rates are generally associated with urban areas, where better public transport services are usually available. The percentage of households that did not have access to a car in 2001 was above the national average in both cities. Nevertheless, these percentages had declined significantly between 1991 and 2001, from 40 per cent to 33.4 per cent in Portsmouth, and from 35.3 per cent to 30.3 per cent in Southampton. The percentage of multi car households in the two cities was also significantly lower than the national average of 29.4 per cent, with 21.2 per cent in Portsmouth and 24.4 per cent in Southampton.