Downtown Indy’s parking score

We’re breaking down how much parking the Circle City really has and what that means for downtown.

Map showing downtown Indianapolis parking areas

24% of downtown Indy’s central city area is devoted to parking.

Screenshot via Parking Reform Network

Indianapolis may be called the Circle City, but the last thing you want to do is drive in circles. The stress of finding parking in the city may be what’s keeping you from exploring all that it has to offer.

That’s why we’re here to tell you that about a quarter of Indianapolis’ city center is dedicated to parking.

According to Parking Reform Network, nearly 25% of usable land in the Mile Square is dedicated to parking — compared to similarly sized cities, which have an average of 20% of land for parking.

This earned Indy a parking score of 63 out of 100. There are pros and cons to this, like anything else.

Research found that over-emphasizing on parking leaves less room for other things + cities with a low parking score are usually more pedestrian-friendly — but on the bright side you shouldn’t have too much trouble finding parking in Indy.

You could say the city is at a happy medium. Still need help navigating parking? Check out our guide.

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