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Top 10 Most Walkable Cities In America

Top 10 Most Walkable Cities In America

With painfully high gas prices and increased awareness about the negative impact of fossil fuel emissions from conventional vehicles, many Americans are looking for convenient alternative transportation options.

One of the most sustainable reasons to live in big city is that it’s easy to rely on public transportation and your own two feet to get you where you need to go. Americans are increasingly using the availability of convenient, safe sidewalks and walking trails as a way to judge prospective cities of residence.

It comes as no surprise then that a recentnational, quantitative ranking of walkability in U.S. cities found densely populated areas like New York City and Miami to be among the most pedestrian-friendly.

Based in Seattle, Washington,Walk Score can be used to rate any address based on its proximity tonearby amenities (grocery stores, restaurants, schools, parks, public transit, etc.) and promotes walkableneighborhoods for their economic, environmental and health benefits.

Walk Score’s ten most walkable cities for 2011 are:

1)New York
2)San Francisco
4) Chicago
7)Washington, D.C.

“With Millennials entering the marketplace, volatile gas prices, and fringe suburban home prices in decline, the demand for walkable neighborhoods has outstripped supply in most of the U.S.,” says Christopher B. Leinberger, Non-resident Senior Fellow at The Brookings Institution. “An American family living in a house that is accessible only by car is spending on average 25 percent of their income on cars. Households in walkable communities spend less than half that amount, putting more money in their pockets.”

Walk Score delivers four million scores per day across a network of over 10,000 websites. According to independent research conductedby CEOs for Cities, one point on Walk Score is worth as much as $3,000 in home value.

Find your city’s Walk Score, find the Walk Score of their own address, and vote for the city they think is most walkable

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Image Credit: Flickr – Elvert Barnes

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Beth Buczynski

Beth is a freelance writer and editor living in the Rocky Mountain West. So far, Beth has lived in or near three major U.S. mountain ranges, and is passionate about protecting the important ecosystems they represent. Follow Beth on Twitter as @ecosphericblog or check out her blog.


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4:35AM PDT on Mar 22, 2013

Thanks for sharing .

5:29PM PDT on Mar 21, 2013

Thank you.

12:23PM PDT on Mar 21, 2013

I cycle or wak to work each day because I'm lucky enough to live a few blocks from my job. But if I had a different job in the same city, I'd be screwed. Baton Rouge is so car-oriented it's crazy.

2:06PM PST on Mar 4, 2012

Interesting, but poorly-executed website. Good luck trying to add anything. In Minneapolis, they don't even show the 40-acre Riverside Park (across the street from me), one of the oldest in the city, or our local credit union (6 blocks away). If you try to help them out by adding something thru their system by filling out a long form that comes up, you are informed that you must "sign in" using any number of your accounts- Hotmail-Facebook, etc. After you sign in (and they apparently get a bunch of information)....nothing happens, and theycan't post all the things you'd just filled out. Oh, and one of the suggested walking routes they show goes right over a 60 foot cliff.

7:26PM PST on Nov 27, 2011

Thanks foe sharing

9:42AM PDT on Aug 25, 2011

good to know

8:06AM PDT on Aug 25, 2011

Thanks for sharing!

3:26AM PDT on Aug 19, 2011

walk, bike, jump, share a ride; whatever that helps the environment and save money for other essentials. thanks for the article. stay safe.

12:28AM PDT on Aug 9, 2011

Good to know. I love New Orleans.

2:43PM PDT on Jul 28, 2011

Spokane, WA has difficult winter weather but it has enclosed second story walkways between many of its downtown shopping area.

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