Ranking Cities for Recreation Opportunities

City Walk

What is Great Recreation

WalletHub, a financial review website, recently looked at 27 factors that describe the entertainment and recreation facilities, cost of recreation, climate,  and quality of parks at the 100 largest U.S. cities.  Based upon this review, they ranked the cities relative to the recreation opportunities they offer.  The analysis was not limited to outdoor recreation so it also addressed things like food festivals, music venues, coffee shops, and the price of beer and wine.  Still, it was heavily weighted to outdoor recreation with factors like number of public beaches, tennis courts, golf courses, ball diamonds and bike rental facilities along with the whole broad category of ‘quality of parks.’

The Rankings

Cincinnati Skyline from Devou Park

Cincinnati Skyline from Devou Park
By Ynsalh
Licensed under CC BY-SA 4.0 via Wikimedia Commons

The top ten:

1.   Cincinnati, Ohio
2.   Omaha, Nebraska
3.  Scottsdale, Arizona
4.   Tampa, Florida
5.   Boise, Idaho
6.   Orlando, Florida
7.   Minneapolis, Minnesota
8.   St. Louis, Missouri
9.   Reno, Nevada
10.  Denver, Colorado

"Jersey City from a helicopter" by David Jones Licensed under CC BY 2.0 via Wikimedia Commons - https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Jersey_City_from_a_helicopter.jpg#/media/File:Jersey_City_from_a_helicopter.jpg

“Jersey City from a helicopter”
by David Jones
Licensed under CC BY 2.0 via Wikimedia Commons

The bottom 10:

91.   Anaheim, California
92.   Garland, Texas
93.   Fremont, California
94.   North Las Vegas, Nevada
95.   Chula Vista, California
96.   Hialeah, Florida
97.   Laredo, Texas
98.   Irving, Texas
99.   Newark, New Jersey
100.   Jersey City, New Jersey

Wonder how your city ranked? Get the details at WalletHub’s website then come back here and tell us what you think.  Be sure to tell us the reasons you think your city should be ranked differently.  What is it about your city that makes it a great (or not so great) place for recreation?

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