Hyattsville is a one-car kind of town.
According to the American Community Survey’s 2012 estimates for Hyattsville, more than 60 percent of Hyattsville residents have either one car or none. That’s roughly 19 percentage points higher than the national average.
The biggest factor in this reduced car dependency is the Metro stations at Prince George’s Plaza and West Hyattsville. Although both were designed as more suburban-style stations with big parking lots, they are gradually turning into more urban-style walkable stations.
Also helpful: Shuttles that connect residential neighborhoods in the Arts District and University Park to the Prince George’s Plaza Metro stop and good bus routes, especially along Baltimore Avenue and Jefferson Street.
Still, it’s not easy to go entirely carless in Hyattsville. Although there are some Zipcar stations and a cool new bike path, it’s still a little hard to live entirely car-free. But a one-car town is still an improvement over much of the United States.
For comparison, here are the most recent Census estimates for number of vehicles per household:
No car: 9 percent of Americans, 16 percent of Hyattsville residents. One car: 34 percent of Americans, 46 percent of Hyattsville residents. Two cars: 38 percent of Americans, 27 percent of Hyattsville residents. Three or more cars: 20 percent of Americans, 12 percent of Hyattsville residents.