GREEN SPACE IN NATIONAL & STATE PARKS
Enjoy the company of wildlife and lush landscapes by spending your time outdoors in some of the most beautiful parks in the US.
Whether you prefer the sound of a hike or a run, getting active in the great outdoors is a good way to discover and learn more about the history and native American heritage of these stunning and vast areas.
By looking at the number of parks per state, Washington (149) and California (121) are the top two states with the largest number of parks in America, followed by Pennsylvania, ranking in third place with 112 parks.
Alternatively, Rhode Island (9), South Dakota (11) and Nebraska (11), have the lowest number of parks.
However, when we look at the amount of green space in national and state parks per capita, based on square meters, Alaska, Mississippi, Wyoming, West Virginia and Utah rank in the top 5, all offering Americans plenty of green space where they can connect with nature.
When you compare population by land area, it’s no surprise that Alaska (319,058 sqm) made it into first place, as it is one of the largest states with one of the smallest populations.
The states with the smallest amount of green space per person are Iowa (62 sqm), Indiana (46 sqm), Illinois (41 sqm), Massachusetts (16 sqm) and Rhode Island (11 sqm).