San Jose, CA
26
How we calculate the San Jose ParkScore® Rating

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

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Access
70
Acreage
57
Investment
69
Amenities
36
Equity
72
80% of San Jose 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?
San Jose residents who live within a 10-minute walk of a park
By Age (%)
Children (0 - 19)
80
Adults (20 - 64)
81
Seniors (65+)
79
By Income (%)
High Income
78
Middle Income
80
Low Income
80
Race/Ethnicity (%)
American Indian*
81
Asian*
81
Black*
81
Hispanic
83
Pacific Islander*
77
White*
76
2 or More Races*
79
Other*
82
*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 32% 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.
How do park amenities measure up?
We compared San Jose against the others to determine where it falls for spending per capita.
Basketball Hoops
17
1.8 per 10,000 people
Playgrounds
46
3.1 per 10,000 people
Rec & Senior Centers
60
0.9 per 20,000 people
Dog Parks
50
1.4 per 100,000 people
Bathrooms
32
1.1 per 10,000 people
Splashpads
8
0.3 per 100,000 people
How much is San Jose investing in parks?
We compared San Jose against the others to determine where it falls for spending per capita
Park Spending per Capita
  • City agency
    $123 (87%)
  • Other public agencies
    $14 (10%)
  • Private organizations
    $1 (1%)
  • Monetized volunteer hours
    $2 (1%)
$141
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
Make the Commitment
Pledge to make parks a priority!
Everyone should have access to a quality park within a 10-minute walk of home. Our 10-Minute Walk™ Program calls on mayors to demonstrate their commitment to parks and adopt long-term, system-wide strategies that accelerate the creation of parks.