Can you get there on foot?
Real estate shoppers and residents looking for relief from long commutes drive the demand for walkable neighborhoods. Many other people simply have an old-fashioned desire to walk to work, schools, shops, restaurants, clubs and parks.
Walk Score, by Redfin, measures the walkability of any address as well as 2,800 cities and about 10,000 neighborhoods in the United States and Canada.
Here’s how it works:
“For each address, Walk Score analyzes hundreds of walking routes to nearby amenities. Points are awarded based on the distance to amenities in each category.”
A city with a high walk score has more neighborhoods with amenities within walking distance.
Cities have many reasons to work at improving their Walk Scores. Walkability affects residents’ health. More walkable neighborhoods have higher rates of physical activity and less obesity and air pollution from traffic, researchers say.
These are America’s most-walkable cities, along with the population and Walk Score for each.