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!