Study Says Dortmund Has the Most Cars
Enlarge image A traffic jam on Brakeler Street in Dortmund (© picture-alliance/ dpa/dpaweb) In a comparison of German cities with more than 500,000 inhabitants, the citizens of Dortmund own the largest number of private cars. As reported by the Bild Zeitung, a national German tabloid, the city of Dortmund had the highest ratio of cars per capita, with 410 vehicles per 1,000 inhabitants. The study was conducted by the CAR-Center Automotive Research from the University of Duisburg-Essen, and concluded that Berlin had the lowest car density among the large cities, with only 289 out of every 1,000 people owning a private vehicle.
Enlarge image Berlin had the lowest car density among the large cities. (© picture alliance / ZB) Ferdinand Dudenhöffer, the author of the study, told the newspaper, “It is generally considered to be the case that people will own more cars in rural areas. Or vice versa, the larger the city, the fewer cars per person.”
In cities with over a million people, the study showed only 322 private vehicles per 1,000 inhabitants. In the case of cities with over 600,000 inhabitants, there were 328 cars per 1,000 residents and in cities and towns with a population of less than 500,000, there were 498 vehicles per 1,000 people.