St. Louis, MO
19
How we calculate the St. Louis ParkScore® Rating

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

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Access
97
Acreage
31
Investment
61
Amenities
59
Equity
72
97% of St. Louis 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?
St. Louis residents who live within a 10-minute walk of a park
By Age (%)
Children (0 - 19)
97
Adults (20 - 64)
97
Seniors (65+)
97
By Income (%)
High Income
98
Middle Income
97
Low Income
97
Race/Ethnicity (%)
American Indian*
98
Asian*
96
Black*
97
Hispanic
97
Pacific Islander*
98
White*
97
2 or More Races*
97
Other*
97
*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 14% 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 St. Louis against the others to determine where it falls for spending per capita.
Basketball Hoops
3
0.9 per 10,000 people
Playgrounds
42
2.9 per 10,000 people
Rec & Senior Centers
40
0.6 per 20,000 people
Dog Parks
89
2.3 per 100,000 people
Bathrooms
78
2.5 per 10,000 people
Splashpads
100
3.2 per 100,000 people
How much is St. Louis investing in parks?
We compared St. Louis against the others to determine where it falls for spending per capita
Park Spending per Capita
  • City agency
    $25 (20%)
  • Other public agencies
    $42 (33%)
  • Private organizations
    $59 (46%)
  • Monetized volunteer hours
    $1 (1%)
$128
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