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What are the most walkable cities in America?

If you’re looking to move from your current home, what are some of the criteria that you use to select your new location?

It is solely based on affordability? Schools? Convenience to work?

Walkable City: How Downtown Can Save America, One Step at a Time
Walkable City:
How Downtown Can Save America, One Step at a Time

Web Watch knows a few people who are purposefully moving further AWAY from where they work, hopefully in order to restore a better sense of work-life balance to themselves and their families.  Other people we know are perfectly content living where they do, as it offers close access to public transportation — which helps, as these folks don’t own a car.

For many people, a home’s WALK SCORE is important to them, as it helps define that a neighborhood is walkable without requiring a car. That everything they need is nearby, and doesn’t require going out of one’s way to get anywhere else.

As such, the website WALK SCORE has assembled their own list of MOST WALKABLE NEIGHBORHOODS across the country:

  1. New York
  2. San Francisco
  3. Boston
  4. Philadelphia
  5. Miami
  6. Chicago
  7. Washington DC
  8. Seattle
  9. Oakland
  10. Baltimore

If you’re more the type of person who wants to take PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION TO WORK, then here are the cities you should focus on:

  1. New York
  2. San Francisco
  3. Boston
  4. Washington DC
  5. Philadelphia
  6. Chicago
  7. Seattle
  8. Baltimore
  9. Los Angeles
  10. Portland

On the other hand, if you’re someone who enjoys a good bicycle ride, then these are the cities for you:

  1. Portland
  2. San Francisco
  3. Denver
  4. Philadelphia
  5. Boston
  6. Washington DC
  7. Seattle
  8. Tucson
  9. New York
  10. Chicago

The fun thing about the WALK SCORES is that the data doesn’t always take into account other work-life items, such as crime or income requirements for a given neighborhood.  That’s where DAVE MUNSON decided to CRUNCH SOME MORE DATA to find his ideal MOST WALKABLE NEIGHBORHOOD that meets his needs.

Using a complicated equation that took into account such variables as “% of people 16 and Older in the labor force” and “% of people driving to work alone”, Dave discovered that the vast majority of DESIRABLE WALKABLE NEIGHBORHOODS (for his purposes, not for everyone) were “on the edge of metropolitan areas, but mostly urban neighborhoods outside of Downtown”

Dave’s made his process available to everyone, so if you’re interested in running your own numbers to discover the MOST WALKABLE NEIGHBORHOOD FOR YOU, then pop over to his page to see how he decided that SEATTLE was the best place for him to live, should he ever decide to move.