2015’s Best & Worst Cities for Recreation

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2015’s Best & Worst Cities for Recreation

Postby Coyote » Wed Jul 08, 2015 11:04 pm

2015’s Best & Worst Cities for Recreation

WalletHub wrote:1 Cincinnati, OH
2 Omaha, NE
3 Scottsdale, AZ
4 Tampa, FL
5 Boise, ID
6 Orlando, FL
7 Minneapolis, MN
8 St. Louis, MO
9 Reno, NV
10 Denver, CO

Methodology
To find the best and worst cities for recreation, WalletHub compared the 100 most populated U.S. cities across four key dimensions, including: 1) Entertainment & Recreational Facilities, 2) Costs, 3) Quality of Parks and 4) Climate. We then identified 27 relevant metrics, which are listed below with their corresponding weights. Please note that “city” refers to city proper and excludes surrounding metro areas.

Entertainment & Recreational Facilities – Total weight: 10
Number of Music Venues per 100,000 Residents: Full Weight
Number of Coffee & Tea Shops per 100,000 Residents: Full Weight
Number of Public Beaches per 100,000 Residents: Half Weight
Number of Tennis Courts per 100,000 Residents: Full Weight
Number of Public Golf Courses per 100,000 Residents: Full Weight
Number of Public Swimming Pools per 100,000 Residents: Full Weight
Number of Ball Diamonds per 100,000 Residents: Full Weight
Number of Basketball Hoops per 100,000 Residents: Full Weight
Number of Bike Rental Facilities per 100,000 Residents: Full Weight
Number of Attractions: Double Weight
Number of Food Festivals per 100,000 Residents: Full Weight
WalletHub “Sports Fans” Ranking: Full Weight
Note: Includes football, basketball, baseball and hockey.

Costs – Total weight: 10
Spending on Parks per Capita: Half Weight
Average Fitness Club Fee: Full Weight
Movie Costs: Full Weight
Bowling Costs: Full Weight
Grooming Costs: Full Weight
Average Beverage Price (Heineken’s, 6-pack, 12-oz. containers, excluding any deposit; 1.5-liter bottle, Chablis or Chenin Blanc or any white table wine): Full Weight
Average Food Price: Full Weight
Prevalence of Affordable 4.5+ Star Restaurants: Full Weight

Quality of Parks – Total weight: 5
Percentage of the Population with Walkable Park Access: Full Weight
Percent of Designed Parkland Areas: Full Weight
Presence on TripAdvisor’s “Top 25 Parks” List: Half Weight
Park Playgrounds per 100,000 Residents: Full Weight
Parkland as Percentage of City Area: Full Weight
Acres of Parkland per 100,000 Residents: Full Weight

Climate – Total weight: 2.5
WalletHub “Weather” Ranking
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Re: 2015’s Best & Worst Cities for Recreation

Postby Louie » Thu Jul 09, 2015 5:01 pm

Wow, they ranked Omaha first in the 'quality of parks' portion as well.

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Re: 2015’s Best & Worst Cities for Recreation

Postby nativeomahan » Sun Jul 12, 2015 7:52 am

I always take these surveys with a large grain of salt, regardless of whether their findings insult or flatter. For one thing, Omaha's climate rating is 75 (out of 100), right between San Antonio and Irving, Texas (metro Dallas). Whereas Lincoln has a Climate rating of 46 (out of 100) comparable to Honolulu and Chesapeke, VA. NYC's climate rating is 55, whereas Newark's is 90. Makes absolutely no sense.
And why isn't Des Moines even considered in this survey?

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Re: 2015’s Best & Worst Cities for Recreation

Postby skinzfan23 » Sun Jul 12, 2015 11:25 am

My guess is that Des Moines isn't over 225,000 for population.

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Re: 2015’s Best & Worst Cities for Recreation

Postby HR Paperstacks » Sun Jul 12, 2015 11:53 am

skinzfan23 wrote:My guess is that Des Moines isn't over 225,000 for population.

According to Wikipedia, the 2014 estimate was 209,220 (105th). Lincoln had 272,996 (72nd).

Most of these things only consider the top 100 cities. I'm actually surprised because I thought Des Moines proper was bigger than Lincoln. TIL that 2/3 of DSM's population is in the suburbs.

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Re: 2015’s Best & Worst Cities for Recreation

Postby Coyote » Sun Jul 12, 2015 1:03 pm

I tried to find an online map of DSM and it's suburbs...Urbandale, West DSM... but couldnt find one...
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Re: 2015’s Best & Worst Cities for Recreation

Postby daveoma » Sun Jul 12, 2015 1:45 pm

Coyote wrote:I tried to find an online map of DSM and it's suburbs...Urbandale, West DSM... but couldnt find one...

These maps are sometimes hard to find. This map appeared to be the most recent, but the city labels are difficult to read. Hope this helps!

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Re: 2015’s Best & Worst Cities for Recreation

Postby daveoma » Sun Jul 12, 2015 1:58 pm

nativeomahan wrote:I always take these surveys with a large grain of salt, regardless of whether their findings insult or flatter. For one thing, Omaha's climate rating is 75 (out of 100), right between San Antonio and Irving, Texas (metro Dallas). Whereas Lincoln has a Climate rating of 46 (out of 100) comparable to Honolulu and Chesapeke, VA. NYC's climate rating is 55, whereas Newark's is 90. Makes absolutely no sense.
And why isn't Des Moines even considered in this survey?

Thank you for calling that out. Now if only the OWH would print that! ;-)

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Re: 2015’s Best & Worst Cities for Recreation

Postby skinzfan23 » Sun Jul 12, 2015 1:59 pm

As of the 2014 estimates, Des Moines is finally larger than it has ever been. Granted the Des Moines metro is much larger than Lincoln's but Omaha and Lincoln (city proper) are growing much faster than Des Moines.

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Re: 2015’s Best & Worst Cities for Recreation

Postby MTO » Mon Jul 13, 2015 9:13 am

skinzfan23 wrote:As of the 2014 estimates, Des Moines is finally larger than it has ever been. Granted the Des Moines metro is much larger than Lincoln's but Omaha and Lincoln (city proper) are growing much faster than Des Moines.


Proper, but CSA wise DSM and to a lesser extent Lincoln are schooling Omaha at growth. And aren't the MSAs and CSAs more relevant when it comes to these lists.
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Re: 2015’s Best & Worst Cities for Recreation

Postby GetUrban » Mon Jul 13, 2015 12:26 pm

daveoma wrote:
Coyote wrote:I tried to find an online map of DSM and it's suburbs...Urbandale, West DSM... but couldnt find one...

These maps are sometimes hard to find. This map appeared to be the most recent, but the city labels are difficult to read. Hope this helps!

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Here's another one with easier-to-read labels. It doesn't show the city of DesMoines proper as one color though.

I've always thought Clive and Grimes were strange names for cities, and I never realized Clive was so skinny. 'We get down to the nitty-gritty in Grimes"

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Re: 2015’s Best & Worst Cities for Recreation

Postby Garrett » Tue Jul 14, 2015 9:59 am

What those maps also don't quite show is that Iowan cities can annex across county lines.
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Re: 2015’s Best & Worst Cities for Recreation

Postby GetUrban » Tue Jul 14, 2015 12:50 pm

Garrett wrote:What those maps also don't quite show is that Iowan cities can annex across county lines.


I wish Omaha could annex into surrounding counties. It's really kind of an arbitrary rule when you think about it. One way around it would be to have Sarpy and Douglas counties merge into one county. That will never happen though, with too many government entities fighting for their survival/identity.
They'd have to change the law that limits the size of annex-able communities to 10,000 population or less too.

It seems school districts determine where people want to live in a metro more than what city or county it is....and school districts can cross county lines.
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