Rank out of the 40 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 the 2010 census.
A maximum of 40 points for median park size and parks as a percentage of city area.
A maximum of 40 points for playgrounds per resident and spending per resident.
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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Services &
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Raw Total

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ParkScore Rating