SF and Oakland Top the Worst Cities for Parking
Locals aren't the only ones who think parking sucks here. Now there's a national study ranking Oakland and San Francisco #2 and #3 respectively as the "Worst Cities for Parking Your Car" in the country. Only Chicago beat us as being a suckier place to stow your vehicle.
The study was conducted by financial analysis site NerdWallet, which used the price of parking and the number of stolen cars per city as factors in creating its ranking. Oakland, the company notes, has 124.59% more car thefts than the national average, while SF has 5.53% fewer thefts (I think our crooks here prefer a nice smash-and-go window job to stealing the whole ride). NerdWallet uses the stats to offer financial tips related to driving, such trying out SFpark, "an organization that matches drivers with parking spaces at various rates. Drivers can see where spots are available and how much they’ll have to pay online, though the median price to park is $29 a day and $375 a month."
I'd add to the list of car owner woes here forgetting to move your car for street cleaning, outrageous monthly parking rents, and commenters who want to burn you at the stake for admitting in public that you own a vehicle.
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