You’ll find some of the nation’s best parks in the Midwest, a nationwide review of green spaces in American cities has found. The Trust for Public Land’s “ParkScore” ranking found the best city for parks is Minneapolis, followed by neighboring St. Paul, Minnesota, at No. 2, and Washington, D.C., at No. 3. Experts with the nonprofit group considered land owned by regional, state and federal agencies to compile the listing, which ranks of the 100 most populous U.S. cities.
The organization assigned each city a ParkScore out of a 100-point maximum that was calculated according four key indicators of what the review considered an “effective park system”: acreage, investment, amenities and access. Minneapolis is home to roughly 5,000 acres of parks, and serves 82 people per park acre, according to the analysis. The city boasts a median park size of 5.7 acres.
The worst city for parks, according to the analysis, is Charlotte, North Carolina, behind Hialeah, Florida, and Mesa, Arizona. Each ranked low across the four indicators, listing poor access scores and offering few amenities such as dog parks, playgrounds and recreation/senior centers compared to population sizes. (Of note: Fort Wayne, Indiana; Indianapolis, Indiana; and Gilbert, Arizona, were not ranked due to incomplete data.)
Find The Trust for Public Land’s ranking of the top 10 cities for parks below, and a complete listing here.
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More state-related rankings can be found here.