HOUSEHOLD TRAVEL PATTERNS AND EXPENDITURES: LINKS WITH SOCIETAL STRUCTURE

The purpose of this research is to explore and identify the links between the structural composition of households and household expenditures for gasoline. The research strategy is to assess the importance of selected life-stage and occupational roles that are assumed to underlie or relate to attitudes which inturn influence travel patterns. Data was collected by random-digit-dialed telephone interviews. This research involved three different studies directed at the general problem of linking household travel to household structure. The first study shows the relationship between household structure and household gasoline expenditure for a Florida sample household (1082 respondents) during October 1980. The second study involved a resurvey of these same housholds in October 1981 to test for stability of the household structure--travel relationship over one year and the relationship between change in structure and change in travel. The third study involved a test of the generality of the findings for Florida 1980 to another state. Data for Rhode Island were compared with the data for Florida in this stage. Findings on gasoline expenses of Florida households in 1980 clearly show that stage of life cycle and occupation of head of household affect gasoline expenditures, even if number of cars, number of vehicles, number of drivers, and income are controlled. Comparison of the gasoline expense and household structure relationships for Florida and Rhode Island tend to be similar. A User's Manual is included in this report. It is concerned with; 1) interpretation of results presented in Tables 8 through 20, and 2) a series of tables defining the minimum statistically significant difference between categories of life stage, head's occupation and dwelling type for Tables 8-11, and instructions for use of these significant tables.

  • Corporate Authors:

    Florida State University, Tallahassee

    Department of Sociology
    Tallahassee, FL  United States  32306

    Urban Mass Transportation Administration

    400 7th Street, SW
    Washington, DC  United States  20590
  • Authors:
    • Rhodes, A L
  • Publication Date: 1982-12

Media Info

  • Pagination: 121 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00396552
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: DOT-RSPA-50/83/8 Final Rpt.
  • Contract Numbers: DTRS5681-C-00015
  • Files: TRIS, USDOT
  • Created Date: Sep 30 1985 12:00AM