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Parks & Rec: Best and Worst Cities in America

July is National Parks and Recreation Month and therefore, the best time to investigate if the citizens of America’s largest cities are benefitting from their $8 billion+ investment in parks this past year.

The personal-finance website WalletHub released its report on 2019’s Best & Worst Cities for Recreation. Rankings were accessed across 48 key indicators of recreation-friendliness. For each city, they considered accessibility of entertainment and recreational facilities, the quality of parks and the weather. See how your city fared below.

Spoiler alert: San Diego was rated #1 followed by Las Vegas, NV and Orlando, FL rounding out the top three. The worst out of 100 was Jersey City, NJ? As an original Jersey Girl, I truly believe we get a bad rap.

Source: WalletHub

Best vs. Worst

  • San Francisco has the highest share of the population with walkable park access, 100 percent, which is 3.8 times higher than in Gilbert, Arizona, the city with the lowest at 26 percent.
  • New York has the most playgrounds per square root of the population, 0.6607, which is 18.9 times more than in Hialeah, Florida, the city with the fewest at 0.0349.
  • San Francisco the highest spending on parks per capita, $279, which is 11.6 times higher than in Stockton, California, the city with the lowest at $24.
  • San Francisco has the most bike rental facilities per square root of the population, 0.0667, which is 47.6 times more than in Fresno, California, the city with the fewest at 0.0014.

Check out the brief video below for WalletHub’s synopsis and click here for their full report. Happy picnicking!

Jessica Hoppe

Jessica Hoppe is a New York-based writer and social media strategist who founded her blog, Nueva Yorka, in 2015. She has been featured in Vogue, Yahoo, HuffPost, PopSugar, Who What Wear, Ravishly and worked as Lifestyle Editor for StyleCaster. Jessica has been passionate about writing, diversity and Latin American culture from an early age. Having grown up in a Spanish speaking home, her father is Ecuadorian and her mother is from Honduras.

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