Ranked: Cities with the Fewest Cars in Use per Household

To celebrate World Car Free Day (September 22nd), we compiled a list of the top 25 cities around the world with the fewest passenger cars in use per household. These cities are primarily in emerging markets, where a number of factors may discourage passenger car use, including: pedestrian and bicycle culture, lack of disposable income, the sharing economy, infrastructure concerns, established public transportation options and more.

Looking forward to 2030, the emergence of the “Ethical Living” megatrend means consumers around the world will make choices that they believe will positively impact the environment, such as taking public transportation or walking instead of driving.

When consumers choose to purchase a new passenger car, we see them making environmentally friendly choices. Conservative estimates forecast 15% of cars could be electric by 2025. Additionally, the “Sharing Economy” megatrend predicts that car ownership in developed countries will stagnate through 2030 as consumers prioritise spending on experiences over ownership.



Passenger Cars in Use Per Household (2016)

Shanghai China 0.2
Santa Cruz Bolivia 0.2
Karachi Pakistan 0.3
Manila Philippines 0.3
Guayaquil Ecuador 0.3
Quito Ecuador 0.4
Cairo Egypt 0.4
Guatemala City Guatemala 0.4
Lima Peru 0.4
Mumbai India 0.4
Jakarta Indonesia 0.5
Shenzhen China 0.5
Guangzhou China 0.5
Wuhan China 0.5
Bangkok Thailand 0.6
Istanbul Turkey 0.6
Cape Town South Africa 0.6
Montevideo Uruguay 0.6
Kolkata India 0.6
Santo Domingo Dominican Republic 0.6
Beijing China 0.6
Bangalore India 0.6
Santiago Chile 0.6
Salvador Brazil 0.6
Skopje Macedonia 0.7