Rank: Rank out of the 75 largest U.S. cities.
Raw Total: Median Park Size, Parkland as Percent of Adjusted City Area, Spending per Resident, Playgrounds per 10,000 Residents, and Access scores combined for a maximum of 120 points.
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.
Raw total points normalized to a 100-point scale. This is the city’s official ParkScore.
Population: Population according to 2014 Forecast Census block groups provided by Esri.
Median Park Size: A maximum of 20 points for median park size within the city
Parkland as Percent of Adjusted City Area: A maximum of 20 points for parkland as percent of adjusted city area
Percent of Residents Within ½ Mile of Park: A maximum of 40 points based on percentage of residents located within ½ mile or less to the nearest park
Spending per Resident: A maximum of 20 points for spending per resident
Basketball hoops per 10,000 Residents: A maximum of 20 points for Basketball hoops per 10,000 residents
Dog Parks hoops per 100,000 Residents: A maximum of 20 points for Dog Parks hoops per 100,000 residents
Playgrounds per 10,000 Residents: A maximum of 20 points for Playgrounds per 10,000 residents
Recreation and Senior Centers per 20,000 Residents: A maximum of 20 points for Recreation and Senior Centers hoops per 20,000 residents
An average of per-capita provision of four key facilities. Facilities were chosen because of the breadth of users served as well as the ease of accurate counting of these measures.
Rank







City







Population







Median
Park
Size





(MAX 20)
Parkland as
Percent of
Adjusted
City Area

(MAX 20)
Percent of
residents
within
½ Mile
of Park


(MAX 40)
Spending
per
Resident





(MAX 20)
Basketball Hoops
per
10,000
Residents



(MAX 20)
Dog Parks
per
100,000
Residents



(MAX 20)
Playgrounds
per
10,000
Residents




(MAX 20)
Recreation
and
Senior Centers
per
20,000
Residents

(MAX 20)
Ammenities
Average






(MAX 20)
Raw Total






(MAX 120)
ParkScore







(MAX 100)
ParkScore Rating