WASHINGTON, Dec. 4, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Following is the daily "Profile America" feature from the U.S. Census Bureau:
Profile America — Sunday, December 4th. Black Friday is behind us, but the holiday shopping season continues to build. People jamming the malls are rediscovering one of the travails of the season — finding a place to park. When the mall spaces are filled, many turn to commercial garages. One innovative solution opened this week in the nation's capital in 1951. The Park-O-Mat garage was completely automated, and held 72 cars in 18 levels of space just 25 by 40 feet. Without entering customers' cars, the attendant would use two elevators to park or retrieve the vehicles. This took less than a minute to accomplish. Today, in a nation with over 260 million motor vehicles, there are almost 12,600 parking facilities across the country, generating nearly $7.5 billion in revenue annually. Profile America is in its 20th year as a public service of the U.S. Census Bureau.
Park-O-Mat: Kane's Famous First Facts, 5485
Motor vehicles/accessed 10/6/2016: http://www.statista.com/statistics/183505/number-of-vehicles-in-the-united-states-since-1990/
Parking lots and garages/NAICS 812930:
Revenues/NAICS 812930: http://factfinder.census.gov/bkmk/table/1.0/en/ECN/2012_US/00A1//naics~812930
Profile America is produced by the Center for New Media and Promotion of the U.S. Census Bureau. Statistics and accounts drawn from cited non-Census sources are employed for illustrative or narrative purposes, and are not attested to by the U.S. Census Bureau. These daily features are available as produced segments, ready to air, on the Internet at http://www.census.gov (look for "Audio" in the "Library" pull-down menu).
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SOURCE U.S. Census Bureau