Are All Parking Spaces Created Equal?

Have you ever driven up to a parking space and thought, “there is no way my car is going to fit in there”? It is one thing if you are driving a Hummer, or if the car next to you has taken up a spot and a half, but that is not what I am talking about. I am talking about the times when it the parking space seems like your pants after Thanksgiving dinner…it just will not fit.

That happened to me recently, and it got me wondering…

Are All Parking Spaces The Same Size?

Answer: No

According to, parking spaces in the United States can range between 7.5 to 10 feet wide and 10 to 20 feet long, with 8.5 feet wide by 19 feet long being the most common size.

Several factors influence why the spots become the size they do. Total area in the parking lot for one. The cost of the land is another. And probably most importantly is the layout of the spaces.

Parallel parking spaces are typically bigger than perpendicular parking spaces. This is because drivers must be able to maneuver their vehicles into the parallel parking spaces easier. This means that parallel spaces may be 10 feet wide.

Given my poor parallel parking skills, I need all the extra space I can get.

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