Ever find yourself complaining about how expensive parking is in Fort Lauderdale? Of course you do. Parking is enough of a pain in the ass to begin with; then you have to put a dent in your bank account to do it.
But take heart!
Because it's not as bad as you think it is.
Turns out, people living in other parts of the U.S. have it much worse than we do when it comes to forking over cash for parking.
In fact, Fort Lauderdale is one of the best cities for parking.
The folks at NerdWallet.com -- the same people who found that Fort Lauderdale ranks high as a city that invests the most resources in public safety -- did a study of cities around the country that are terrible for parking. And their findings revealed that Fort Lauderdale ain't one of them.
Among the variables used in the study were the price of parking and vehicle theft.
NerdWallet included the price of daily and monthly parking using data was from Collier International's 2012 Parking Study.
The site also factored in the likelihood a car would be stolen using theft rates from the FBI's 2010 data on motor vehicle thefts.
For example, they found that Chicago is the worst city for parking, with high parking rates that topped out at $35 a day and $289 a month for parking.
Other bad cities for parking included New York City, Boston, Honolulu, San Francisco, and Oakland.
On the flip side of that, however, are the better cities to park in. And Fort Lauderdale is right up there.
According to NerdWallet, Fort Lauderdale residents pay an average of only $15 a day for parking and $78 in unreserved monthly parking rates.
Incidentally, just beneath Fort Lauderdale comes West Palm Beach with $16 a day and $56 in unreserved monthly parking rates.
So the next time you find yourself in downtown or out at the beach and feel like belly-aching about the parking, remember this one key factor: At least you're not in Chicago.
You can check out the rankings for the worst cities for parking here.
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