Just days after Charlotte made Travel + Leisure’s annual list of America’s 15 Rudest Cities comes news that Charlotte is also ranked low among the top nation’s cities for recreation.
WalletHub, a personal finance website, conducted an in-depth analysis of the 100 largest cities in the nation and found Charlotte ranked 99 among the 2016's Best & Worst Cities for Recreation.
Only Chula Vista, California, was ranked worse, though many Charlotteans would question whether that city actually exists. (It does, just north of the Mexican border.)
News of the poor standing as a recreation hub comes a week after the Centers for Disease Control urged the U.S. National Whitewater Center to shut down after brain eating amoebas were found in the water there. However, the WalletHub study was completed before that public relations disaster came to light.
It’s been a bad week for Charlotte’s reputation. The city also took it on the chin from Travel + Leisure, which ranked it the 14th rudest city in the nation. That survey also singled out Charlotte Douglas International Airport as an airport you definitely want to avoid in the summer.
The WalletHub study compared 35 key metrics, ranging from parkland acreage to the cost of movie tickets. The lower the ranking, the worst the city’s amenities.
- 73rd – Spending on parks per capita
- 65th – Parkland as a percent of city area
- 68th – Number of bike rental facilities per capita
- 74th – Percent of population with walkable park access
- 53rd – Number of music venues per capita
- 43rd – Number of tennis courts per capita
- 46th – Number of park playgrounds per capita
- 90th – Number of swimming pools per capita