How we calculate the Chicago ParkScore® Rating
The ranking for Chicago is based on five characteristics of an effective park system: access, investment, acreage, amenities, and equity.
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98% of Chicago 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?
Chicago residents who live within a 10-minute walk of a park
By Age (%)
Children (0 - 19)
Adults (20 - 64)
By Income (%)
2 or More Races*
*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
Residents in neighborhoods where most people identify as a person of color have access to 13% more 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.
Where are the parks most needed?
Chicago has 1242 parks.
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How do park amenities measure up?
We compared Chicago against the others to determine where it falls for spending per capita.
4.8 per 10,000 people
3.6 per 10,000 people
Rec & Senior Centers
1.8 per 20,000 people
1.1 per 100,000 people
2.3 per 10,000 people
8.9 per 100,000 people
How much is Chicago investing in parks?
We compared Chicago against the others to determine where it falls for spending per capita
Park Spending per Capita
City agency$177 (97%)
Other public agencies$1 (1%)
Private organizations$2 (1%)
Monetized volunteer hours$1 (1%)
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
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