Rank: Rank out of the 60 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 2013 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
Playgrounds per 10,000 Residents: A maximum of 20 points for playgrounds per 10,000 residents