Rank out of the 75 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 2014 Forecast Census block groups provided by Esri.
A maximum of 40 points for median park size and parks as a percentage of city area.
A maximum of 40 points based on two equally weighted measures: total spending per resident and an average of per-capita provision of four key facilities - basketball hoops, dog parks, playgrounds, and recreation and senior centers.
A maximum of 40 points for percentage of the population living within a ten-minute walk of a public park.
Acreage, services and investment, and access scores combined for a maximum of 120 points.
Raw total points normalized to a 100-point scale. This is the city’s official ParkScore.
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Facilities &
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Raw Total

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ParkScore Rating

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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