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Average household car or van ownership in England 2014-2018 by region

The East of England was the English region with the highest average number of cars or vans owned per household. All regions recorded an ownership of at least one car, with London being the only exception where the average numbered 0.8 in 2017/18. According to a 2017 Statista survey, 68 percent of respondents from the East of England reported owning a car. This was surprisingly lower than other English regions. The East Midlands had seen the highest share of car owners at 81 percent, only outranked by Northern Ireland.

 East of England has most multiple car owners

The East of England also tied with the South East, South West, and East Midlands as having the highest percentage of households, owning more than one car. In 2017/18, it was estimated that 43 percent of residents from the East were multiple car owners. By comparison, 15 percent reported having no car or van within their household.

 87 percent of UK residents have car available

  A 2017 Statista survey found that roughly 87 percent of UK residents had a car permanently available to them in their household. Of these, 66 percent had their own car.

Average number of cars or vans owned per household in England between 2014 and 2018, by region

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Release date

July 2019


United Kingdom (England)

Survey time period

2014 to 2018*

Supplementary notes

* Survey year from mid-January to mid-January.
** Figures were rounded starting in 2017/18.

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