Who lives car-free in West Hollywood?
The City of West Hollywood encourages transit, walking, and biking as alternatives to driving. We wondered how many residents are truly car-free, regardless of their reasons (e.g., environmental, financial, safety). The answer is an estimated 12% of the city’s households and 5% of residents who work.
Change over time
The number of car-free West Hollywood households has declined in recent years, both as a percentage and as an absolute number. The estimated percentage dropped from 17% in 2000 to 12% in the 2011-2015 period.
Compared to nearby cities
Among nearby cities, West Hollywood (12%) is second only to Los Angeles (13%) in the share of car-free households. Santa Monica is next at 10%. Burbank and Beverly Hills follow with 8%, while only 7% of households are car-free in Culver City.
Car-free rates by age, homeownership, and transit use
Senior households are much more likely to be car-free than the average household in the city: an estimated 30% of them. That isn’t surprising, but the car-free share of young households may be: only 5% for households under the age of 35.
The estimates also suggest that:
- Almost all of the car-free households are renters. The car-free rate is 15% among renters, compared to 2% among homeowners.
- The car-free percentage is somewhat higher for people who work in West Hollywood (8%) than for residents who work (5%).
- Almost two-thirds of residents who take transit to work have at least one vehicle in the household. Similarly, about 60% of the people who take transit to work in West Hollywood have at least one vehicle.
In addition to car-free households, West Hollywood also has what we’ll call “low-car” households: multi-person households with only one vehicle. About 10% of the city’s households fall in this category.
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