Every Major-League Ballpark, Ranked by Walk Score

About an hour ago, the present author published a post in these absurd electronic pages in which he attempted to assess objectively the relative merits of all 30 major-league ballparks by location using the population density of each park’s attendant zip code.

About 59 minutes ago, concerned reader The Wrong Alex (and also other concerned reader Bryan) suggested that perhaps using Walk Scores (from walkscore.com) might be the most effective proxy for what the author is attempting to represent. A Walk Score, according to the relevant site, “is a number between 0 and 100 that measures the walkability of any address.”

And here’s a more detailed explanation of the significance of different scores:

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Below is a table of all 30 major-league parks, both with Walk Scores included and all the relevant population-density information from the author’s original post. Note that Pop/SqMi is population per square mile for each stadium’s zip code and zPop is the standard deviation of the square mileage from the mean for all stadia.

Rank Park City State Zip Code Pop/SqMi zPop Walk zWalk
1 Fenway Park Boston MA 02215 29952 1.89 97 1.22
2 Rogers Centre Toronto ON M5V 1J1 4245 -0.50 97 1.22
3 AT&T Park San Francisco CA 94107 14131 0.42 92 0.97
4 Wrigley Field Chicago IL 60613 18529 0.83 91 0.92
5 Target Field Minneapolis MN 55403 10812 0.11 91 0.92
6 Comerica Park Detroit MI 48201 6390 -0.30 91 0.92
7 Busch Stadium St. Louis MO 63102 1170 -0.79 91 0.92
8 Progressive Field Cleveland OH 44115 3680 -0.56 88 0.76
9 Petco Park San Diego CA 92101 7536 -0.20 86 0.66
10 PNC Park Pittsburgh PA 15212 4238 -0.50 86 0.66
11 Yankee Stadium Bronx NY 10451 44992 3.29 85 0.61
12 Camden Yards Baltimore MD 21230 4014 -0.52 85 0.61
13 Great American Ball Park Cincinnati OH 45202 5365 -0.40 83 0.51
14 Minute Maid Park Houston TX 77002 8121 -0.14 82 0.45
15 Chase Field Phoenix AZ 85004 2434 -0.67 82 0.45
16 Safeco Field Seattle WA 98134 157 -0.88 80 0.35
17 Marlins Park Miami FL 33125 13075 0.32 78 0.25
18 Coors Field Denver CO 80205 6310 -0.31 77 0.20
19 Tropicana Field St Petersburg FL 33705 3133 -0.61 75 0.10
20 Citi Field Queens NY 11368 41197 2.94 68 -0.26
21 Nationals Park Washington DC 20003 10576 0.09 66 -0.37
22 US Cellular Field Chicago IL 60616 10485 0.08 65 -0.42
23 Dodger Stadium Los Angeles CA 90012 9445 -0.02 58 -0.78
24 Angel Stadium Anaheim CA 92806 4609 -0.47 54 -0.98
25 Rangers Ballpark Arlington TX 76011 2680 -0.65 52 -1.08
26 Citizens Bank Park Philadelphia PA 19148 10290 0.06 51 -1.13
27 Oakland Coliseum Oakland CA 94621 3128 -0.61 45 -1.44
28 Turner Field Atlanta GA 30315 2988 -0.62 38 -1.80
29 Miller Park Milwaukee WI 53214 4771 -0.45 35 -1.95
30 Kauffman Stadium Kansas City MO 64129 909 -0.81 25 -2.47
Average 9645 73

Notes
• By this methodology, Boston’s Fenway Park and Toronto’s Rogers Centre are the most highly rated ballparks in terms of location. AT&T Park in San Francisco and Wrigley Field in Chicago — which the author mentioned by name in that first post — are ranked third and fourth, respectively.

• Kansas City’s Kauffman Stadium, Milwaukee’s Miller Park, and Atlanta’s Turner Field — all of which appear to be bordered by some combination of parking-lot expanse/interstate highway — are the bottom three parks by Walk Score.

• One element not necessarily accounted for by this methodology is the practice of tailgating. Tailgating at Miller Park, for example, is a ritual which is observed enthusiastically — and compensates somewhat for the lack of a true neighborhood experience.

• It should be noted, also, that there’s not a perfect correlation between those variables for which Walk Scores are accounting and the concerns of a park-goer. As reader Resolution notes, Walk Score seems to account for nearby schools, which isn’t entirely relevant for a baseball fan on gameday.

• There doesn’t seem to be a particularly strong correlation, actually, between Walk Score and population density by zip code — at least so far as the 30 major-league ballparks are concerned. Below is a graph to that effect.

Walk Score Chart

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IZZY2112
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IZZY2112

As a Met fan, I can speak to the fact that Citi Field is not really at a place where anyone walks to the game, despite it being a very dense area (That’s kind of to be expected in New York). Not sure if it makes a difference, but both Yankee Stadium and Citi Field are easily accessible by the subway. I know they do an express subway to Citi Field during game days and it’s probably about 1/2 hour to get there.

scout1222
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scout1222

And while Petco ranks fairly high, not many people walk to the game there, either. It happens to be in probably the most walkable part of the entire county, but not a part where very many of us live.

Interesting list!

DD
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DD

Good point re: subway/public transit. The subway in Boston drops you right at the stadium, as does the Broad Street line for the Philly stadiums. Not sure how this could be integrated into the score.