Best for parks: 3rd. Who says: The Trust for Public Land Boston has one of the best city park system in the United States. The new report from Trust for Public Land ranked Boston third. Sacramento ranked second behind San Francisco, while Boston and New York tied for third, followed by Washington, D.C.
Walkability: 3rd. Who says: Walkscore.com Boston ranks third among the nation’s largest cities in walking accessibility, trailing No. 1 New York and San Francisco according to a survey by Seattle-based Walkscore.com. The best community in the commonwealth is Cambridge, left, which scored 87, three points shy of being considered a “walker’s paradise.” Boston got a score of 80.