2019 ParkScore Rankings Now Available

The trust for Public Land today announced the 2019 ParkScore rankings.

1 minute read

May 22, 2019, 11:00 AM PDT

By James Brasuell @CasualBrasuell

Jefferson Memorial

Sara Kendall / Shutterstock

Washington, D.C. has the highest ParkScore among the 100 largest U.S. cities, according to an annual ranking announced today by the Trust for Public Land (TPL).

The rankings combine U.S. Census data with a TPL database of local parks and ESRI's 2018 Demographic forecasts to score cities, towns, and communities on how well they provide needed parks. The TPL website provides much more detail about the methodology of the rankings.

The complete top ten in the ParkScore rankings reads as follows:

  1. Washington, D.C.
  2. St. Paul, Minnesota
  3. Minneapolis, Minnesota
  4. Arlington, Virginia
  5. Portland, Oregon
  6. Irvine, California
  7. San Francisco, California
  8. Cincinnati, Ohio
  9. New York, New York
  10. Chicago, Illinois

The 2019 rankings only differed slightly from the 2018 rankings, when Minneapolis and St. Paul finished first and second, respectively.

Local media outlets have already been picking up the story. Here's a roundup of what we found on the morning of the new ParkScore rankings' announcement.

Wednesday, May 22, 2019 in The Trust for Public Land

Aerial view of homes on beach in Maui, Hawaii

Hawaii Passes First Legislation Regulating Short-Term Rentals Statewide

The new law will give counties the power to limit number or short-term rentals and convert existing short-term rental units back into long-term residential housing.

May 13, 2024 - USA Today

Google office building in Virginia.

Virginia Data Centers Draining State’s Water Supply

Being the world’s largest data center hub is having a severe impact on local water resources.

May 9, 2024 - Grist

Entrance to a drive-through car wash at night with green 'Enter' sign.

Ohio Towns Move to Ban New Car Washes

City officials in northeast Ohio are putting limits on how many car wash facilities can open in their towns.

May 16, 2024 - News 5 Cleveland

Grand Coulee Dam in Washington state.

Northwest Power Demand Could Surge as Data Centers, Transportation Electrification Ramps Up

New estimates project a steady increase in electricity demand due to population growth, data centers, and the shift to electric power in homes, buildings, and transportation.

May 17 - Governing

Blurred traffic speeding by on freeway with Los Angeles skyline in background.

California Testing Per-Mile Gas Tax Alternatives

A summer pilot program will test the fairness and efficacy of collection mechanisms for mileage-based fee options.

May 17 - Newsweek

Close-up of 'Pay rent' note in red marker on day 1 of monthly calendar.

After Months of Decreases, Rents Nationwide Are Going Up

Average rents rose by $12 around the country so far this year.

May 17 - Smart Cities Dive

News from HUD User

HUD's Office of Policy Development and Research

Call for Speakers

Mpact Transit + Community

New Updates on PD&R Edge

HUD's Office of Policy Development and Research

Urban Design for Planners 1: Software Tools

This six-course series explores essential urban design concepts using open source software and equips planners with the tools they need to participate fully in the urban design process.

Planning for Universal Design

Learn the tools for implementing Universal Design in planning regulations.