Rank out of the 100 largest U.S. cities
For easy comparison and an at-a-glance assessment of park systems, each city’s ParkScore is also represented on a scale of zero to five park benches. One bench means the park system needs major improvement, while five benches means the park system is outstanding.
Population according to 2017 Forecast Census block groups provided by Esri.
Acreage is worth a total of 40 possible points, with 20 possible points for Median Park Size and 20 possible points for Parkland as Percent of City Area.
A maximum of 40 points for total spending per resident.
A maximum of 40 points for an average of per-capita provision of six key amenities.
A maximum of 40 points for percentage of the population living within a ten-minute walk of a public park.
Acreage, investment, amenities, and access scores combined for a maximum of 160 points.
The raw score is normalized to their ParkScore of up to 100 possible points.
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Comparing

Rank

City

Population

Acreage

(MAX 40)
Investment
(MAX 40)
Amenities
(MAX 40)
Access

(MAX 40)
Raw Total

(MAX 120)
ParkScore

(MAX 100)

Total population

Age 19 and Under

Ages 20-64

Ages 65 and Up

Total population

Low income*

Medium income**

High income**



* LOW INCOME: households earning less than 75% of the city median income


** MEDIUM INCOME: households earning between 75% - 125% of the city median income


*** HIGH INCOME: households earning more than 125% of the city median income


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