About the Author

David Blanke is Joe B. Frantz Associate Professor of History at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi. He earned his BS at the University of Kentucky and his MA and PhD at Loyola University Chicago.

Rise of the Automobile

Census Statistics (1900-2001)


The U.S. Census Bureau provides the official record for American automobiles. This link lists the miles traveled, vehicles registered, and auto-related fatalities recorded from 1900 to 2001. Students can compare trends, particularly in these early years, and discuss reasons for the falling fatality rates.


U.S. Census Bureau. "No. HS-41. Transportation Indicators for Motor Vehicles and Airlines: 1900 to 2001." Washington, DC: 2003.