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What’s Your Walk Score?

Walk Score, a site that ranks the walkability of 2,508 neighborhoods in the 40 largest cities in the U.S., has released its rankings of the top most walkable cities.

Walk Score says the most walkable city in America is San Francisco, scoring an 86 out of a possible 100. Other cities topping the list include New York City with a score of 83 and Boston with a score of 79.

I checked out my walk score and was tickled pink it was 80: calculated by identifying the closest grocery stores, restaurants, coffee shops and other amenities near an address. The neighborhoods are weighted by population and then given a walk score. Scores over 70 identify neighborhoods where it’s possible to get by without owning a car. Scores over 90 are referred to as a “Walker’s Paradise.”

Mike Mathieu, founder of Front Seat, parent of Walk Score says,”We developed Walk Score to help people evaluate the walkability of individual addresses as they search for a great place to live.”

As we Americans look to reduce our environmental impact, save money, and ease our reliance on cars, the appeal of walkable communities can only continue to grow!

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4 thoughts on “What’s Your Walk Score?

  1. I believe that walk score is cool, but nowadays more and more people prefer to drive cars. Homes are often located in an area where some establishments are easier to get to by car than on foot. I’ve recently found a type of service on http://drivescore.fizber.com/ which is called Drive Score. It shows a map of what establishments are in your neighborhood and calculates a Drive Score based on the number of places within a convenient driving distance. It doesn’t mean that drive score is better than walk score – they are equal and both necessary in the modern world!

    Posted by Deadman | September 29, 2008, 8:01 pm
  2. I wish the Houston were more walkable. Parts of it are (downtown, Nassau Bay Area) but other parts not so much so.

    Posted by spacecitypaula | December 6, 2008, 10:58 am
  3. being a san francisco native my walk score now that i’m in las vegas is almost zero compared to when i was home. they don’t believe in public transportation here and everybody drives to the green grocers, if you can find one. i like your blog, it is well written with lots of useful interesting information. thanks for dropping by ours, http://tothewire.wordpress.com/

    Posted by dorian9 | January 20, 2009, 3:01 am

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