Boston is the No. 1 City For Children To Play Outside

by John Walsh


According to Fatherly.com, Boston was ranked as the No. 1 city for children to play outdoors.

The full study, “The 25 Best U. S. Cities For Kids To Play Outside,” is an examination at the state of play and play spaces in America today. The detailed report includes a data-driven ranking taking into account everything from the rate of violent crime to park access.

Here is the full list:

  1. Boston
  2. Pittsburgh
  3. Minneapolis
  4. Lincoln
  5. Cincinnati
  6. Denver
  7. New York
  8. Oakland
  9. Washington, D.C.
  10. Seattle
  11. San Francisco
  12. Omaha
  13. Detroit
  14. Portland
  15. Sacramento
  16. Baltimore
  17. Honolulu
  18. Corpus Christi
  19. Chicago
  20. Milwaukee
  21. Philadelphia
  22. Virginia Beach
  23. San Diego
  24. Greensboro
  25. Miami

There are considerable health benefits to having access to a public park. According to a report by KaBoom!, a play advocacy group, children who live in a neighborhood without a playground are 26 percent more likely to be overweight.

The number of parks a community has, though, can be misleading, because the most important thing to know is how many people can access said parks. A half mile away, according to the Fatherly.com report, is the maximum a park should be to ensure it’s within a 10-minute walk for kids and parents alike; with more than 90 percent of its parks within a half mile, Boston was the second most accessible city in the country for parks.

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