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Can you get there on foot?
The demand for walkable neighborhoods is driven by real estate shoppers and residents looking for relief from long commutes and by the old-fashioned desire to walk to work, schools, shops, restaurants, clubs, schools and parks.
Walk Score, a Redfin product, measures the walkability of addresses throughout the United States. (Type any address into Walk Score to see its walkability score). Walk Score says:
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. Amenities within a 5 minute walk (.25 miles) are given maximum points. A decay function is used to give points to more distant amenities, with no points given after a 30 minute walk.
Walk Score also calculates a score for nearly every city block (focusing most where people live) to assign cities ratings from zero to 100 — the higher the better. 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.
Here are the 35 most-walkable American cities with populations over 200,000, with their Walk Score ratings and population numbers.