Here's a cold, hard fact: Living in Philadelphia is expensive - even without a car!

But if you do have a car, it's even more expensive. And frustrating! In fact, parking rates in Philadelphia are among the highest in the whole country!

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Long term parking rates in Philadelphia are the 3rd most-expensive rates in the country, according to a new report by Finn. Philly is actually tied in 3rd place with Seattle, with an average monthly parking cost of a whopping $250!

The most expensive parking rates in the city are at Market Street West, Penn Center and Rittenhouse Square.

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However much you pay for living, rent, groceries in Philly, you have to tack that extra $250 on top, which changes everything!

But considering how much of a pain street parking is in Philadelphia, along with the added risk of break-ins, it's a cost that many feel they have to opt for.

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Curious which cities have Philadelphia beat? It should come as no surprise that one of them is New York City, with an average monthly parking cost of an astronomical $443! And coming in 2nd is San Francisco with an average cost of $300 per month.

Here are the top 10 most expensive long-term parking cities:

  • 1. New York City - $443.51
  • 2. San Francisco -$300
  • 3. Philadelphia & Seattle -$250
  • 5. Washington - $225
  • 6. San Diego - $200
  • 7. Cleveland - $179
  • 8. Boston - $150
  • 8. Miami -$150
  • 10. Chicago - $143

Truthfully this is one of the main reasons I don't live in Philly - street parking is a no-no for an anxious parking gal like me! So as someone with a car, if I can't reasonably afford long-term parking in Philadelphia, it's a no for me. Especially if the cost is as crazy $250!

If you pay for monthly parking, how does these numbers compare to you? I'll stick with my $85/month!

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