Methodology And Resource: The 25 Best U.S. Cities For Kids To Play Outside

You've read the report (or, you should have); now learn how it was compiled.

by Fatherly
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The 25 Best U.S. Cities For Kids To Play Outside were determined by synthesizing the following publicly available data. To see the full report, click here.

• Playgrounds and Park Access — The Trust For Public Land’s ParcScore

• Violent Crime Data — The FBI’s Crime in the United States by Metropolitan Statistical Area

• Walkability Data — WalkScore

• Weather Data — NOAA’s National Centers for Environmental Information

The report also draws from the work of:

PlayScience —A research firm specializing in how kids play and game and toy theory, which advises educational institutions, media, and manufacturers.

PlayScapes — A leading online journal devoted to innovation, ideas, and archiving around the world’s best playgrounds and play spaces.

Further resources:

KaBoom! — A national non-profit focused on increasing play in the daily lives of American kids, particularly those in underserved communities.

Designed To Move — An organization dedicated to ending the epidemic of physical inactivity.

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation — The nation’s largest philanthropic organization devoted to health issues.

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