Sacramento, CA
2022 Trust for Public Land ParkScore® Ranking: #31
Sacramento’s ranking is based on five characteristics of an effective park system:
access, investment, acreage, amenities, and equity.
How We Calculated Sacramento’s ParkScore® Rating:
76 out of 100
50 out of 100
53 out of 100
65 out of 100
53 out of 100
How does it work?
Each of the 100 most-populous U.S. cities is awarded points
for 14 measures across the five categories listed above (Access,
Acreage, Investment, Amenities, Equity). The average of those
five category scores give each city its ParkScore® rating.
In evaluating a city's park systems, we consider any
publicly accessible land that functions as a park. ParkScore index methodology
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.
Is Sacramento meeting that goal?
of residents live within a 10 minute walk of a park.
Median for the 100 ParkScore® cities: 75%
Median for the 14,000 cities and towns in our ParkServe® database: 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).

Nearby park space by race/ethnicity

Additional Findings:

Residents in neighborhoods where most people identify as a person of color have access to 61% 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.

Nearby park space by income

Additional Findings:

Residents in low-income neighborhoods have access to 30% less park space per person than those in high-income neighborhoods.

of Sacramento's city land is used for parks and recreation.
Median for 100 ParkScore® cities: 19%
Median for all 14,000 cities and towns in our ParkServe® database: 15%
Where in Sacramento Are Parks Needed Most?
Sacramento Has 262 Parks
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Sacramento Park Amenities Compared to the 100 Most-Populous U.S. Cities
Basketball Hoops
16 points out of 100
1.7 per 10,000 people
Dog Parks
100 points out of 100
3.1 per 100,000 people
69 points out of 100
4.3 per 10,000 people
55 points out of 100
1.8 per 10,000 people
Recreation and Senior Centers
47 points out of 100
0.7 per 20,000 people
100 points out of 100
2.9 per 100,000 people
Sacramento’s Park Spending Per Capita
Sacramento’s total spending per capita: $112
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
Mayor Darrell Steinberg has pledged to adopt long-term, system-wide strategies to make sure every Sacramento resident has access to all the benefits parks provide.
"I have endorsed the vision that everyone should have a park or open space within a 10-minute walk of home." — Mayor Steinberg
Learn about the 10-Minute Walk campaign
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