Arlington, VA
2021 ParkScore® ranking: #4
Our analysis is based on five characteristics of an effective park system:
access, investment, acreage, amenities, and equity.
How we calculated Arlington’s ParkScore rating:
Access
99 out of 100
Acreage
37 out of 100
Investment
100 out of 100
Amenities
91 out of 100
Equity
71 out of 100
How does it work?
Cities can earn a maximum ParkScore rating of 100 points,
calculated as an average of their points for each of the
five categories. In evaluating park systems, we include
all publicly accessible land within the 100 most populous
U.S. cities that functions as a park. ParkScore index methodology
We're working to ensure there's a park within a 10-minute walk of home
of every person, in every neighborhood, in every city across America.
Is Arlington meeting that goal?
99%
of residents live within a 10 minute walk of a park.
National average 55%
Percent of residents within a
10-minute walk of a park by age
Children (0 - 19)
Adults (20 - 64)
Seniors (65+)
Percent of residents within a
10-minute walk of a park by income
Percent of residents within a 10-minute walk of a park by race/ethnicity

*Excludes those that report Hispanic origin (which is captured separately from race by the U.S. Census).

Park Space Per Person by Race/Ethnicity Relative to City Median

Selected Findings:

Residents in neighborhoods of color have access to 27% less park space per person than the city median and 34% less than those in white neighborhoods.

Any Census-designated race/ethnicity not shown above does not meet the minimum threshold to be displayed.

Park Space per Person By Income Relative to the City Median

Selected Findings:

Residents in low-income neighborhoods have access to 19% less park space per person than the city median and 34% less than those in high-income neighborhoods.

10%
of Arlington's city land is used for parks and recreation.
National median 15%
Where in Arlington are parks needed most?
Arlington has 183 parks
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Arlington Park Amenities Compared to the 100 Largest U.S. Cities
Basketball Hoops
98 th percentile
16.1 per 10,000 people
Dog Parks
93 rd percentile
3.4 per 100,000 people
Playgrounds
98 th percentile
5.6 per 10,000 people
Bathrooms
74 th percentile
2.5 per 10,000 people
Recreation and Senior Centers
72 nd percentile
1.1 per 20,000 people
Splashpads
75 th percentile
2.6 per 100,000 people
Arlington’s Park Spending Per Capita
Arlington’s total spending per capita: $348
National Averages, Spending Per Capita:
City agency: $81 (85%)
Other public agencies: $6 (6%)
Private organizations: $5 (5%)
Monetized volunteer hours: $4 (4%)
TOTAL: $96
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