Charlotte/Mecklenburg County, NC
2020 ParkScore® ranking: #95
Our analysis is based on four characteristics of an effective park system:
access, investment, acreage, and amenities.
How we calculated Charlotte/Mecklenburg County’s ParkScore rating:
3 out of 100
63 out of 100
26 out of 100
27 out of 100
How does it work?
Cities can earn a maximum ParkScore rating of 100.
In evaluating park systems, we include land owned by all public agencies 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 Charlotte/Mecklenburg County meeting that goal?
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
of Charlotte/Mecklenburg County's city land is used for parks and recreation.
National median 15%
Where in Charlotte/Mecklenburg County are parks needed most?
Charlotte/Mecklenburg County has 332 parks
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Charlotte/Mecklenburg County Park Amenities Compared to the 100 Largest U.S. Cities
Basketball Hoops
60 th percentile
3.7 per 10,000 people
Dog Parks
23 rd percentile
0.6 per 100,000 people
30 th percentile
2.1 per 10,000 people
9 th percentile
0.6 per 10,000 people
Recreation and Senior Centers
23 rd percentile
0.5 per 20,000 people
34 th percentile
0.8 per 100,000 people
Our 10-Minute Walk campaign calls on mayors to demonstrate their commitment to parks and adopt long-term, system-wide strategies to ensure every resident has a great park close to home.
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