Forbes.com is out with its annual list of the “Best Cities for the Outdoors.” The list looks at a combination of issues from climate to parks, using TPL’s data on city parks. (Some cold-weather cities and their cross-country skiers may take issue with using measures such as snowfall.) The winner: San Francisco. Perhaps one wouldn’t think that the densely-populated city has such a great outdoors, but the fact is that a big chunk of the city’s land area is devoted to parks. From Forbes.com:
The bayside city enjoys sunshine for two-thirds of the year, and the balmy summers turn to mild winters. But it’s not just pleasant weather that makes San Francisco so ideal for its active residents. The city has set aside 18% of its land for parks and spent $268 per resident on parks-related projects in the fiscal year 2007.
Those reasons combined are why San Francisco ranks as the best city for the outdoors for the second consecutive year. In general, Californians are a lucky bunch: San Diego, San Jose and Sacramento all ranked in the top 10, while Los Angeles tied for 11th with Austin, Texas.
View the full list and accompanying story here.