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    Income and children determine car ownership

    Half of Brussels’ households own a vehicle, according to a study made by the Brussels Institute of Statistics and Analysis (IBSA) published on Monday.

    The determining factors are socio-economic income levels and whether one has children, the IBSA emphasised in a new study scrutinising the characteristics of households having a car or not.

    As a result, 71% of families in the capital with two or more children have a car, compared to 49% of childless households.

    According to the statistics, the households with least vehicles are frequently inactive (students, pensioners) or out of work and on low incomes (32%). They generally live in a rented flat.

    Young adults with children are also less likely to have a car (37%). Among the latter, one household in three is made up of a single-parent and on low-income, living in a flat.

    With few exceptions, vehicle ownership seems to be the rule with increased incomes. Consequently, four out of five households on relatively high incomes, often with children, have a car.

    The same applies to older people without children, who enjoyed a certain measure of financial security. In this group, nine out of ten households have at least one car. They are mostly homeowners, frequently living in a family house with a garage.

    Finally, at the top of the scale, the typical households with most vehicles in Brussels are those consisting of working age professionals, earning high incomes and very often with children (eight households in ten).

    The Brussels Times