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Wonk Heaven: A pocket guide of transport statistics

February 15, 2013

Ron Richings passes along a link to this:

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Pocket Guide

…. a new edition of this compact presentation of statistics and other info on all things transportation in the USA.  Definitely wonkish,  but also interesting and useful.

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Agreed.  So for the next few days, some stats that grabbed my attention.  Like how much Americans spend on personal transport:

Household Expend

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Canadians, comparatively, spend $10,452 on average, according to the Canadian Automoble Association.

More on Monday, or you can check out the guide from the U.S. DOT here.

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  1. February 15, 2013 1:15 pm

    The American data above is for average household transportation spending. The equivalent Canadian stats are here:
    http://www.statcan.gc.ca/daily-quotidien/120425/dq120425a-eng.htm
    An average American household spends $8,293 on transportation (16.7%). An average Canadian household spends $10,999 (15.6%).

    The CAA stats are looking at the cost of car ownership specifically. Not quite the same as transportation costs as some households are car-free and some have multiple vehicles. The equivalent US stats are here (by AAA): http://newsroom.aaa.com/2012/04/cost-of-owning-and-operating-vehicle-in-u-s-increased-1-9-percent-according-to-aaa%E2%80%99s-2012-%E2%80%98your-driving-costs%E2%80%99-study/
    It’s difficult to directly compare because of miles vs km differences. But the headline numbers are as follows. The cost of car ownership in the US is $8,946 per year for an average sedan driving 15,000 miles. In Canada it is $10,452 for a Camry driving 18,000 km.

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