Fact #613: March 8, 2010
Vehicle Occupancy Rates
The average number of persons occupying a car is 1.59 and has not changed much since 1995. The largest increases from 1995 to 2009 have been in the occupancy rates for vans – from 2.07 to 2.35 – and sport-utility vehicles – from 1.70 to 1.92 persons per vehicle.
Sources: U.S. Department of Transportation, 2001 and 2009 National Household Travel Survey.