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More cyclists, less car drivers in Hamburg

Office of Statistics reports an increase in green mobility. Elder people less willing to leave their cars behind.

In Hamburg, the proportion of households owning cars is decling. While more than 60 per cent of households possessed a car in 2003, figures declined by four per cent, with only 56 per cent doing so in 2013. On the other hand, the number of households owning bicycles increased in the past decade from 75 to 79 per cent, the Office of Statistics North revealed in its latest statistics.

Public servants are most attached to cars

The fact of households owning cars is directly linked to the family income. With 82 per cent, public servants top the lists of groups owning cars, followed by self-employed people and freelancers (75 per cent) ahead of white collar worker (61 per cent). With unemployed people, only 18 per cent had a car.

Senior citizens are more often behind the wheel than others

A difference also exists in the households where the primary wage earner is retired: in households of retired workers or white collar workers, 48 per cent, and thus almost every second retiree, owned a car. In households of retired public servants, figures even rise to 85 per cent. . A look at the different age groups shows that especially households of older people are more likely to have a car than the average household.

New cars for elder, used cars for younger citizen

In households with one main income earner in the age group 18-25 years, only one in three had its own cars. In the age group 35-to 45-years, figures climbed to 62 per cent. In younger households of under 35 years, only one in six (17 per cent) the car in use is a new car. In households of locals aged 70 and older, the new car rate was a high as 57 per cent.
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source and further details
Office of Statistics North (Hamburg and Schleswig-Holstein)
www.statistik-nord.de

Please note:
The results presented here are based on initial analyzes of the Income and Consumption Survey (EVS) 2013, which retrieves data on revenue expenditure, housing conditions and facilities of private households. The national survey is conducted every five years on a voluntary basis. In Hamburg, 1,561 households participated in the EVS in 2013.

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