August 15, 2023 | Susan Napier-Sewell

What does a bad day look like? Parking ticket

parking ticket

You’re visiting relatives who live in a quaint town, run into a family friend while shopping in the cool historic district, and run over time on your parking meter — boom, parking ticket!

That parking ticket on your windshield bursts the “happy” in your “bubble,” plus, being from out of town can make paying a ticket even more complicated.

Hopefully, you won’t be in the hypothetical scene above but, just in case you are, below is some interesting and pertinent info. What do locals and travelers pay in parking violation fees around the country? Check out the Topview numbers below, plus read the full article.

The top 10 major U.S. cities with the highest parking ticket revenues per capita are:*

  1. Baltimore, Maryland — $100.87 per capita ($61,695,948 in total)
  2. San Francisco, California — $98.80 per capita ($68,200,000 in total)
  3. Washington, D.C. — $98.27 per capita ($68,200,000 in total)
  4. Chicago, Illinois — $97.20 per capita ($264,000,000 in total)
  5. Boston, Massachusetts — $83.37 per capita ($57,800,000 in total)
  6. New York, New York — $63.20 per capita ($545,000,000 in total)
  7. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania — $45.70 per capita ($72,279,047 in total)
  8. Denver, Colorado — $38.98 per capita ($27,466,003 in total)
  9. Los Angeles, California — $37 per capita ($148,000,000 in total)
  10. Seattle, Washington — $28.66 per capita ($20,773,136 in total)

*Content source/credit: Topview, “How Much 25 Major Cities Make in Parking Ticket Revenue Per Capita,” by Steven Thomas.

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