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

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.