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 recent national, 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 to nearby amenities (grocery stores, restaurants, schools, parks, public transit, etc.) and promotes walkable neighborhoods for their economic, environmental and health benefits.

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

1) New York
2) San Francisco
3) Boston
4) Chicago
5) Philadelphia
6) Seattle
7) Washington, D.C.
8) Miami
9) Minneapolis
10) Oakland

“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 conducted by 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 at www.walkscore.com

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Image Credit: Flickr – Elvert Barnes

35 comments

Danuta Watola
Danuta Watola3 years ago

Thanks for sharing .

Jennifer C.
Past Member 3 years ago

Thank you.

Laura M.
Past Member 3 years ago

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.

Al Haug
Al Haug4 years ago

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.

jane richmond
jane richmond4 years ago

Thanks foe sharing

Ida J.
Ida J.5 years ago

good to know

Matilda H.
Past Member 5 years ago

Thanks for sharing!

Siti Rohana
Siti R.5 years ago

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

KrassiAWAY B.
Krasimira B.5 years ago

Good to know. I love New Orleans.

Bonnie S.
Bonnie Sweitzer5 years ago

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