St. Paul, MN

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How we calculate the St. Paul ParkScore® Ranking

The ranking for St. Paul is based on how it compares nationally on five characteristics of an excellent park system: access, investment, acreage, amenities, and equity.

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Access
99 pts
Acreage
51 pts
Investment
100 pts
Amenities
83 pts
Equity
71 pts
99% of St. Paul residents live within a 10-minute walk of a park.
Median City, 100 most populous U.S. cities: 74%
Median City, all urban cities and towns in U.S.: 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.

St. Paul residents who live within a 10-minute walk of a park
By Age (%)
Children (0 - 19)
99
Adults (20 - 64)
99
Seniors (65+)
99
By Income (%)
High Income
99
Middle Income
99
Low Income
99
By Race/Ethnicity (%)
Native American*
99
Asian*
99
Black*
99
Hispanic
99
Pacific Islander*
99
White*
99
2 or More Races*
99
Other*
100
*Excludes those that report Hispanic origin (which is captured separately from race by the U.S. Census).
Comparing amount of park space between neighborhoods by race/ethnicity
Residents in neighborhoods of color* have access to 33% less park space per person than the city’s average neighborhood and 32% less than those in white neighborhoods. Additionally, we compared park space in the city’s average neighborhood with others by specific race and ethnicity:
*Neighborhoods of color are defined as those in St. Paul with the highest concentrations of people who identify as Black, Hispanic, Indigenous and Native American, Asian American, Pacific Islander, multiple races, or other communities of color (more information).
Comparing amount of park space between neighborhoods by income
Residents in low-income neighborhoods have access to 20% less park space per person than those in the average St. Paul neighborhood and 34% less than those in high-income neighborhoods.
15% of St. Paul’s land is used for parks and recreation.
National median 15%
How do park amenities measure up?
These six amenities reflect activities popular among a diverse selection of user groups (kids, teenagers, adults, seniors). For each amenity, St. Paul is awarded points based on their abundance relative to the other 99 cities.
Basketball Hoops
100/100pts
22 per 10,000 people
Playgrounds
65/100pts
4 per 10,000 people
Rec & Senior Centers
100/100pts
1.7 per 20,000 people
Dog Parks
85/100pts
2.2 per 100,000 people
Bathrooms
100/100pts
3.2 per 10,000 people
Splashpads
46/100pts
1.3 per 100,000 people
How much is St. Paul investing in parks?
We compared St. Paul with the other 100 most populous cities in the nation on total park investment per person, aggregating all public and private spending for any publicly accessible park in the city.
Park Investment (Three-Year Average)
  • City agency
    $237 (96%)
  • Other public agencies
    $1.08 (0%)
  • Private organizations
    $1.6 (1%)
  • Monetized volunteer hours
    $6.36 (3%)
$246
Total Spending Per Capita
  • National benchmark: Relative park spending by organization type
  • Average among 100 most populous cities
  • City agency: 85.5%
  • Other public agencies: 7%
  • Private organizations: 5.5%
  • Monetized volunteer hours: 2%
  • Total per capita spending: $108 per person
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.