This surprised me:The Slow Death of the Driver's License
There's been a long-term decline in the number of people getting driver's licenses. This is especially true for teenagers, but even among people in their 30s, over 10% now don't have driver's licenses.
What's driving that trend (pun not intended...)? Proportionately more young people living in urban areas with mass transit and fewer out in the Great Plains? Too expensive to own a car during hard economic times? Too many people losing their licenses after driving drunk? Parents still ferrying their 30-year-olds around? Or more and more people are just staying home and using facebook or twitter or the DPF?
Even if you don't own
a car, I'd think that most places it would still be helpful to have a license, so you can rent a zipcar or borrow a friend's car or whatever, as needed.