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The U S. data for vehicles per thousand people are displayed in the line which goes from 1900 to 2009. The points labeled on that line show data for other countries/regions around the world and how their vehicles per thousand people compare to the U.S. at two different points in time, 1999 and 2009. For instance, the graph shows that in 1999 Western Europe's vehicles per thousand people was about where the U.S. was in 1969, but by 2009 it was about where the U.S. was in 1972. The lower part of the graph is enlarged below, showing that China moved from where the U.S. was in 1912 to where the U.S. was in 1917.

Vehicles per Thousand People: US (Over Time) Compared to Other Countries/Regions
Line graph showing the vehicles per thousand people in the U.S. from approximately 1920 to 2009 compared to other countries/regions. For more detailed information, see supporting information below.
Enlarged bottom left of graph
Line graph showing the vehicles per thousand people in the U.S. from 1900 to approximately 1920 compared to other countries/regions. For more detailed information, see supporting information below.

Supporting Information

Vehicles per Thousand People in Other Countries, 1999 and 2009
Country/Region Vehicles per 1,000 people
1999 2009
Africa 20.9 24.9
Asia, Far East 39.1 157.7
Asia, Middle East 66.2 101.2
Brazil 107.5 149.2
Canada 560 620.9
Central & South America 133.6 169.7
China 10.2 46.2
Europe, East 370 363.9
Europe, West 528.8 583.3
India 8.3 14.4
Indonesia 13.7 35.9
Pacific 513.9 560.9

Source: Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Transportation Energy Data Book: Edition 30, ORNL-6986, June 2011.

 

Vehicles per Thousand People in the United States, 1990 and 2009
Year U.S. vehicles per 1,000 people Year U.S. vehicles per 1,000 people Year U.S. vehicles per 1,000 people Year U.S. vehicles per 1,000 people Year U.S. vehicles per 1,000 people
1900 0.11 1922 111.53 1944 220.23 1966 489.34 1988 772.92
1901 0.19 1923 134.90 1945 221.80 1967 500.66 1989 776.99
1902 0.29 1924 154.35 1946 243.11 1968 516.49 1990 773.40
1903 0.41 1925 173.26 1947 262.56 1969 533.37 1991 760.19
1904 0.67 1926 189.10 1948 280.20 1970 545.35 1992 757.96
1905 0.94 1927 195.77 1949 299.56 1971 562.45 1993 761.94
1906 1.27 1928 204.87 1950 323.71 1972 585.60 1994 766.94
1907 1.65 1929 219.31 1951 337.14 1973 615.19 1995 770.99
1908 2.24 1930 217.34 1952 340.57 1974 632.32 1996 781.16
1909 3.45 1931 210.37 1953 353.67 1975 640.07 1997 776.02
1910 5.07 1932 195.38 1954 361.40 1976 659.47 1998 781.20
1911 6.81 1933 192.38 1955 379.77 1977 669.03 1999 790.07
1912 9.90 1934 199.90 1956 387.58 1978 690.17 2000 800.30
1913 12.94 1935 208.61 1957 392.11 1979 700.42 2001 825.49
1914 17.79 1936 222.62 1958 392.17 1980 710.71 2002 815.22
1915 24.77 1937 233.33 1959 402.83 1981 715.22 2003 815.50
1916 35.48 1938 229.65 1960 410.37 1982 713.95 2004 829.26
1917 49.57 1939 236.93 1961 415.11 1983 724.30 2005 836.58
1918 59.69 1940 245.63 1962 426.06 1984 728.20 2006 840.09
1919 72.50 1941 261.57 1963 438.75 1985 744.50 2007 843.57
1920 86.78 1942 244.73 1964 451.57 1986 753.33 2008 840.80
1921 96.68 1943 225.89 1965 466.90 1987 758.58 2009 828.04

Source: Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Transportation Energy Data Book: Edition 30, ORNL-6986, June 2011.

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