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How we calculate the Washington, DC ParkScore® Ranking

The ranking for Washington, DC 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
55 pts
Investment
100 pts
Amenities
85 pts
Equity
86 pts
99% of Washington, DC 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.

Washington, DC residents who live within a 10-minute walk of a park
By Age (%)
Children (0 - 19)
98
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*
98
Hispanic
99
Pacific Islander*
97
White*
99
2 or More Races*
99
Other*
99
*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 52% more park space per person than the city’s average neighborhood and 13% more 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 Washington, DC 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 45% more park space per person than those in the average Washington, DC neighborhood and 7% more than those in high-income neighborhoods.
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, Washington, DC is awarded points based on their abundance relative to the other 99 cities.
Basketball Hoops
92/100pts
7.2 per 10,000 people
Playgrounds
22/100pts
2 per 10,000 people
Rec & Senior Centers
100/100pts
2 per 20,000 people
Dog Parks
100/100pts
2.7 per 100,000 people
Bathrooms
95/100pts
2.8 per 10,000 people
Splashpads
100/100pts
5.2 per 100,000 people
How much is Washington, DC investing in parks?
We compared Washington, DC 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
    $161 (62%)
  • Other public agencies
    $68 (26%)
  • Private organizations
    $15.54 (6%)
  • Monetized volunteer hours
    $14.56 (6%)
$259
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