We ask a question about the vehicles available to each household to create statistics about vehicle access. Vehicle data help:
We use your confidential survey answers to create statistics like those in the results below and in the full tables that contain all the data—no one is able to figure out your survey answers from the statistics we produce. The Census Bureau is legally bound to strict confidentiality requirements. Individual records are not shared with anyone, including federal agencies and law enforcement entities. By law, the Census Bureau cannot share respondents' answers with anyone—not the IRS, not the FBI, not the CIA, and not with any other government agency.
We ask one question about how many vehicles are available in a household to understand access to transportation.
The results from this question are compiled to provide communities with important statistics for infrastructure development and emergency planning. You can see some of these published statistics here for the nation, states, and your community.
We ask how many households have access to vehicles, in combination with where people commute to and from, and whether they commute with a personal vehicle to help transportation planners create mass transportation and metropolitan plans that are compliant with various regulations.
Local agencies and organizations use these data to plan programs and services for the disabled population, bicycle commuters, carpool and ride-sharers, and many other groups. They also use the statistics to predict future use of new or updated transportation systems based on their understanding of the current users of various transportation options.
We ask about vehicle availability and use to help communities understand exposure to air pollution and plan programs to help people without vehicles move about the community. The data also help communities plan emergency response based on whether people could evacuate using their personal vehicles in an emergency.
The vehicles available question originated with the 1960 Census. It transferred to the ACS in 2005 when it replaced the decennial census long form.