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The average Bostonian spends 53 hours per year searching for parking, according to a new study

Here's how Boston stacks up against other cities.

A parking lot by Congress Street and Seaport Blvd area in South Boston. David L Ryan/Globe staff

Boston is the seventh worst American city on a new parking pain index that ranks where drivers spent the most time and money while parking their cars in a year.

INRIX, a car services company that collects data for transportation and urban planning, created the global index by analyzing parking databases in 100,000 locations across 8,700 cities in more than 100 countries. The company found that the average American spends 17 hours per year searching for a place to park, at a cost to the U.S. economy of over $72 billion in wasted time, fuel, and emissions.

Here are the “most painful” U.S. cities for parking in terms of time and cost, according to INRIX:

New York: 107 hours, $2,243

Los Angeles: 85 hours, $1,785

San Francisco: 83 hours, $1,735

Washington, D.C.: 65 hours, $1,367

Seattle: 58 hours, $1,205

Chicago: 56 hours, $1,174

Boston: 53 hours, $1,111


Atlanta: 50 hours, $1,043

Dallas: 48 hours, $995

Detroit: 35 hours, $731

You can read the complete 2017 parking pain index here.