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Move Over San Francisco…Minneapolis, MN is now #1!

Sorry San Francisco but you lost your #1 Ranking and it couldn’t have been to a better city.


Minneapolis, MN!!  


Sculpture Garden -Minneapolis MN

The headline reads: “Minneapolis Is First to Earn Perfect “5 Bench” Score as Park System Bumps Defending Champ San Francisco from Top Spot

San Francisco drops to a tie for third.

Minneapolis earned the first-ever “five park bench” rating on The Trust for Public Land’s ParkScore® index, finishing first among the 50 U.S. largest U.S. cities. Minneapolis scored well on all ParkScore rating factors, with especially high marks for park accessibility and park system investment. The ParkScore index rates city park systems on a scale of zero to five park benches.

Minneapolis park - lake calhoun

“You can’t have a great city without great parks,” said Adrian Benepe, Senior Vice President and Director of City Park Development for The Trust for Public Land. “Parks bring neighbors together and help create a sense of community.

  If you are wondering if your city made the Top 10…or the Bottom 13 here is that portion of the list:


According to The Trust for Public Land, the 10 highest-ranking city park systems in the United States are:

1.       Minneapolis               5.0  park benches

2.       New York                    4.5  park benches

3.       Boston (tie)                4.0  park benches

3.       Sacramento (tie)        4.0  park benches

3.       San Francisco (tie)     4.0  park benches

6.       Washington, DC        4.0  park benches

7.       Portland                     4.0  park benches

8.       Virginia Beach           4.0  park benches

9.       San Diego                  4.0  park benches

10.     Seattle                        4.0  park benches

The 13 lowest-ranking city park systems are:

38.        Houston (tie)                    2.0 park benches

38.        Miami (tie)                       2.0 park benches

38.        Nashville (tie)                  2.0 park benches

38.        Tucson (tie)                     2.0 park benches

42.        Memphis                         1.5 park benches

43.        Oklahoma City                1.5 park benches

44.        Jacksonville (tie)             1.5 park benches

44.        San Antonio (tie)             1.5 park benches

46.        Mesa, AZ                        1.5 park benches

47.        Indianapolis (tie)             1.0 park benches

47.        Charlotte (tie)                 1.0 park benches

49.        Louisville                        1.0 park benches

50.        Fresno                           1.0 park benches

 So…..next time you visit Minneapolis, MN, or if you are thinking of moving here…check out our parks!

Minneapolis Parks

To read more about the ranking system or where your city fell in the rankings, visit:

Minneapolis Ranked #1 for our Nation’s Best Park System!