Americans love their cars, right? Western Europeans have much better public transportation, right? So Americans have more cars per person, right? Surprisingly…
Western Europeans Have More Cars Per Person than Americans
Hat tip to Max Fisher at the Atlantic. Turns out that American per capita car ownership rates are actually among the lowest in the developed world.
According to the World Bank, America ranks 25th in per capita car ownership, below nations like U.K., Germany, France, Spain, Italy, Belgium, Japan, Australia, New Zealand, even Iceland and Greece.
For most people, this goes completely contrary to the common stereotype. Another reminder to be careful when making assumptions.
Note from Max Fisher on this data: “This data includes all “passenger vehicles,” which means cars, pickup trucks, SUVs, and minibuses. It does not include commercial freight trucks or buses with over nine seats, both of which the U.S. has a lot of, but which tend to be owned by businesses rather than individuals.”