Raleigh, NC
50
How we calculate the Raleigh ParkScore® Rating

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

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Access
21
Acreage
60
Investment
88
Amenities
61
Equity
34
48% of Raleigh 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?
Raleigh residents who live within a 10-minute walk of a park
By Age (%)
Children (0 - 19)
47
Adults (20 - 64)
48
Seniors (65+)
51
By Income (%)
High Income
48
Middle Income
46
Low Income
51
Race/Ethnicity (%)
American Indian*
48
Asian*
40
Black*
52
Hispanic
42
Pacific Islander*
42
White*
49
2 or More Races*
45
Other*
44
*Excludes those that report Hispanic origin (which is captured separately from race by the U.S. Census).
How do park amenities measure up?
We compared Raleigh against the others to determine where it falls for spending per capita.
Basketball Hoops
72
5.2 per 10,000 people
Playgrounds
32
2.5 per 10,000 people
Rec & Senior Centers
100
1.6 per 20,000 people
Dog Parks
63
1.7 per 100,000 people
Bathrooms
64
2.1 per 10,000 people
Splashpads
37
1 per 100,000 people
How much is Raleigh investing in parks?
We compared Raleigh against the others to determine where it falls for spending per capita
Park Spending per Capita
  • City agency
    $164 (93%)
  • Other public agencies
    $8 (5%)
  • Private organizations
    $0 (%)
  • Monetized volunteer hours
    $4 (2%)
$176
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