Charlotte/Mecklenburg County, NC
83
How we calculate the Charlotte/Mecklenburg County ParkScore® Rating

The ranking for Charlotte/Mecklenburg County is based on five characteristics of an effective park system: access, investment, acreage, amenities, and equity.

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Access
4
Acreage
64
Investment
49
Amenities
41
Equity
41
38% of Charlotte/Mecklenburg County residents live within a 10-minute walk of a park. National Average 55%

We’re working to ensure that every person, in every neighborhood, in every city across America has a quality park within a 10-minute walk of home.

How are the parks distributed?
Charlotte/Mecklenburg County residents who live within a 10-minute walk of a park
By Age (%)
Children (0 - 19)
36
Adults (20 - 64)
38
Seniors (65+)
37
By Income (%)
High Income
37
Middle Income
38
Low Income
42
Race/Ethnicity (%)
American Indian*
36
Asian*
34
Black*
42
Hispanic
35
Pacific Islander*
38
White*
35
2 or More Races*
36
Other*
35
*Excludes those that report Hispanic origin (which is captured separately from race by the U.S. Census).
Park Space per Person by Race/Ethnicity Reactive to City Median
Residents in neighborhoods where most people identify as a person of color have access to 6% less park space per person than those in predominantly white neighborhoods. Any Census-designated race/ethnicity not shown above does not meet the minimum threshold to be displayed.
How do park amenities measure up?
We compared Charlotte/Mecklenburg County against the others to determine where it falls for spending per capita.
Basketball Hoops
62
4.6 per 10,000 people
Playgrounds
58
3.7 per 10,000 people
Rec & Senior Centers
30
0.5 per 20,000 people
Dog Parks
32
1 per 100,000 people
Bathrooms
28
1 per 10,000 people
Splashpads
35
1 per 100,000 people
How much is Charlotte/Mecklenburg County investing in parks?
We compared Charlotte/Mecklenburg County against the others to determine where it falls for spending per capita
Park Spending per Capita
  • City agency
    $99 (93%)
  • Other public agencies
    $6 (6%)
  • Private organizations
    $0 (%)
  • Monetized volunteer hours
    $1 (1%)
$106
Total Spending Per Capita
  • National Averages, Spending Per Capita:
  • City agency: $83 (85%)
  • Other public agencies: $7 (7%)
  • Private organizations: $5 (5%)
  • Monetized volunteer hours: $3 (3%)
  • TOTAL: $98