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The number of vehicles per thousand persons in China grew by nearly 200% from 2005 to 2011, from 23.46 in 2005 to 69.95 in 2011. India's vehicle per thousand persons grew by 84% in the same time frame, from 11.04 in 2005 to 20.28 in 2011. For comparison, the U.S. in 2011 had about 800 vehicles per thousand people which was a 5% decrease from 2005.

Vehicles per Thousand Persons in China and India, 2005 - 2011
Graph showing the number of vehicles per thousand persons in China and India from 2005 to 2011. The increase in China was 200% from 2005 to 2011 compared to 84% in the same time frame. See table below for more detailed information.

 

Note: The term "vehicles" applies to passenger cars and commercial vehicles, such as trucks and buses.

Supporting Information

Vehicles per Thousand Persons in China and India, 2005-2011
Year China India
2005 23.46 11.04
2006 26.64 11.65
2007 30.33 12.32
2008 35.70 13.16
2009 46.22 14.39
2010 58.66 17.71
2011 69.95 20.28
Growth from 2005 to 2011 198% 84%
Sources: Population – U.S. Census Bureau, International Data Base.
Vehicles - Ward's Communications, Ward's Motor Vehicle Data 2011.

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