The irony is not lost on us here in the downtown-Chicago-based Cars.com Editorial Department that a sizable proportion of us do not actually own cars, and an even greater number don’t regularly drive to work. We love cars. We’re continually driving test cars on the city streets (and sometimes on the racetrack), and we’re thinking about them all the time. But in the nation’s third-largest and one of the most densely populated cities, more convenient options abound for getting to and from most of our daily destinations, from abundant public transportation to car- and bicycle-sharing services to — if you can imagine — walking.
A recent study shows that we are not unicorns, though that would be a rad way to commute to the office. In fact, according to the University of Michigan Transportation Research Center, the percentage of people forgoing a car is on the rise, especially in dense urban areas. Using data from the American Community Survey, the study examined recent trends in the proportion of households without a light-duty vehicle, first looking at the entire U.S. from 2005 through 2012 and then at variations in that proportion among the 30 largest cities for 2007 and 2012.