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Almost 10 million American households — about 9% — have no car. Most are poor. Many live in cities such as New York or San Francisco, where walking and mass transit can get them just about anywhere. Others live in remote rural areas.

Who has a car and who doesn't has taken on greater significance in the aftermath of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita.

http://www.usatoday.com/news/nation/2006-11-01-carless_x.htm

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I would guess those in 'remote rural areas' without transportation are pretty capable of taking care of themselves.

OTOH, I can't even imagine what an evacuation of NYC would be like.

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I doubt there is any efficient way to evacuate a city with or without everyone having cars. Anyone who has experienced the traffic backups leaving a city on a three-day weekend knows that hours of backups are certainly possible. Now imagine that traffic when the driving force to leave is immiment danger instead of a mountain cabin. Houston had 100 mile backups with 6% not owning cars, not that far from the 9% national average.

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