Georgetown makes a big shift towards transit
A while ago, I wrote about the car situation in Georgetown and argued that a small amount of residents were having an outsized impact on the supply of cars in the neighborhood.
In writing this article, I relied on the census data from 2000. Now that the American Community Survey five-year estimates I can see whether the 200 stats are still holding up.
As many readers know, ACS data has high margins of error at the census tract level. So take these with a little grain of salt.
When I first looked into this, I found a surprising amount of households in Georgetown without any cars. That number has increased.
Here are the numbers from 2000:
- Total households without any car: 20%
- Total households with just one car: 57%
- Total households with two or more cars: 23%
Here are what the ACS was the average from 2005-2009:
- Total households without any car: 22%
- Total households with just one car: 50%
- Total households with two or more cars: 28%
In one way this is good news, since 2% more household are going without cars, but in another way it's worse since 5% of households have become multi-car households. It's important to remember that there are rather high margins of error on these numbers, so it's tough to say what's changed, if anything, since 2000.
What I see as most important is that the numbers appear to confirm that somewhere around 1 in 5 Georgetown households gets along without a car.
The numbers aren't even from the east to the west side. The east side has way more carless households (26%!) but has a lot more multi-car households, too (32%). The west side's numbers are more balanced (15% no car households and 23% multi-car).
In 2000, Georgetown was estimated to have 4936 cars. The ACS now estimates Georgetown has 4559 cars. That would appear to be an 8% drop in cars. If that's the only true statistic, that would be good enough news.
Commuting mode share
According to the 2000 census, here's how Georgetowners got to work:
- Drive to work: 46% (38% drive alone, 7% carpool)
- Transit: 16%
- Bike: 4%
- Walk: 25%
- Other: 9%
- Drive to work: 40% (35% drive alone, 4% carpool)
- Transit: 22%
- Bike: 3%
- Walk: 25%
- Other: 10% (mostly people who work at home)
Perhaps this shift can be attributed to the introduction of the popular Circulator bus, or perhaps it's simply a shift in population. Either way, it demonstrates that the car is not king in Georgetown anymore.
Cross-posted at the Georgetown Metropolitan.
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