America's Smartest Cities Have Fewest Car Owners

The Atlantic finds a correlation between the education levels of American cities and the percentage of car owners.

Published: 30-Jan-2014

Think cars are over in America? We do.

The Atlantic has called "peak car"—not once but twice. We have repeatedly explained why young Americans "don't care about owning" a vehicle. We predicted a long-term decline of auto sales, and, in a dramatic moment, essentially announced "the end of car ownership," generally.

We had strong data. Perhaps we had strong biases, too.


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