Community Vitality

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Source: U.S. Census Bureau

What does this measure?

The number of households that do not report having a vehicle kept at the home and available for use, expressed as a percentage of all households.

Why is this important?

A vehicle makes it easier for people to work and to conduct daily business such as doctor's visits and shopping. Ready access to transportation can also make it simpler to get involved in schools, religious organizations and other forms of civic life.

How is our region performing?

In 2014-18, 10% of the region's households did not have a vehicle, unchanged since 2000. This rate was significantly lower than the state (29%) and similar to the nation (9%).

The counties in 2014-18 with the highest shares of households without a vehicle were Yates (13%) and Monroe (11%). The lowest rate was in Wyoming, Ontario and Wayne (7%). Most counties remained stable from 2000 to 2014-18, but Yates increased 3 percentage points.

The City of Rochester was higher than all neighboring cities at 25%, although the city has remained stable from 2000 to 2014-18.

Notes about the data

The multi-year figures are from the Census Bureau's American Community Survey. The bureau combined five years of responses to the survey to provide estimates for smaller geographic areas and increase the precision of its estimates. However, because the information came from a survey, the samples responding to the survey were not always large enough to produce reliable results, especially in small geographic areas. CGR has noted on data tables the estimates with relatively large margins of error. Estimates with three asterisks have the largest margins, plus or minus 50% or more of the estimate. Two asterisks mean plus or minus 35%-50%, and one asterisk means plus or minus 20%-35%. For all estimates, the confidence level is 90%, meaning there is 90% probability the true value (if the whole population were surveyed) would be within the margin of error (or confidence interval). Data for this indicator are expected to be released annually in December.

Households without Vehicles
20002009-132014-18
United States10%9%9%
NYS30%29%29%
NYS (excluding NYC)10%10%10%
Region10%10%10%
Monroe11%12%11%
Surrounding Counties7%7%8%
Genesee7%7%8%
Livingston6%6%8%
Ontario7%7%7%
Orleans6%7%8%*
Seneca8%7%*8%
Wayne6%6%7%
Wyoming6%6%7%
Yates10%12%13%
Rochester25%26%25%
Batavia14%15%18%
Canandaigua15%13%*12%*
Geneva17%17%18%*

Source: U.S. Census Bureau
Notes: Multiyear results are from rolling American Community Survey. * Margin of error between 20% & 35% of estimate; ** margin of error between 35% & 50%; *** margin of error greater than 50%.




Number of Households without Vehicles
20002009-132014-18
United States10,861,06710,483,07710,424,934
NYS2,092,7562,109,1302,125,466
NYS (excluding NYC)409,810408,428403,721
Region44,56447,18248,171
Monroe32,87934,86934,000
Surrounding Counties11,68512,31314,171
Genesee1,7031,5651,940
Livingston1,2641,4671,899
Ontario2,7962,9633,230
Orleans9591,0921,313*
Seneca970937*1,098
Wayne2,2182,1732,471
Wyoming8849771,066
Yates8911,1391,154
Rochester22,53322,51621,443
Batavia8879401,083
Canandaigua734631*595*
Geneva862795799*

Source: U.S. Census Bureau
Notes: Multiyear results are from rolling American Community Survey. * Margin of error between 20% & 35% of estimate; ** margin of error between 35% & 50%; *** margin of error greater than 50%.











Worse than NYS by 10% or more
Up to 10% worse than NYS
Equal to or better than NYS


INDICATORS - Grouped by Topic REGIONAL VALUE YEAR NYS COMPARISON TREND | REGION
*No or multiple regional values for this indicator


Worse than NYS by 10% or more
Up to 10% worse than NYS
Equal to or better than NYS





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