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World Vehicle Ownership

This chart shows how many cars there are for every 1000 people throughout the world. How many cars did Americans have in 1990? How many will they have in 2020? How will that affect our energy consumption?

World Per Capita Vehicle Ownership by Region
(vehicles per thousand people)

REGION
1990
1999
2010
2020

Industrialized Countries

         
North America  
601
614
645
689
(United States)  
765
777
792
797
Western Europe  
473
528
568
597
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Eastern Europe/Former Soviet Union  
314
158
203
218
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Developing Countries  
Developing Asia  
10
20
35
53
Middle East  
38
57
80
124
Africa  
24
26
32
34
Central/South
America
 
78
100
155
236
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Total World  
124
122
136
150

Source: Energy Information Administration/International Energy Outlook 2001, Table E10, page 250. "World Per Capita Vehicle Ownership (Motorization) by Region, Reference Case, 1990-2020."