2014 Ranking of Most Walkable Cities & Neighborhoods

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Just in time for New Year’s resolutions to live healthier and save money, we’re announcing our 2014 ranking of Most Walkable U.S. Cities and Neighborhoods. Read the official press release.

We hope this new ranking helps people find great places to live that offer a breadth of nearby amenities including food, entertainment, shopping, schools, parks, bike lanes and public transit. Being able to walk out your door and leave your car at home more often is great for your wallet, health and quality of life.

Walk Score Ranking of Largest U.S. Cities

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# 1

New York

Walk Score: 87.6
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# 2

San Francisco

Walk Score: 83.9
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# 3

Boston

Walk Score: 79.5
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# 4

Philadelphia

Walk Score: 76.5
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# 5

Miami

Walk Score: 75.6
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# 6

Chicago

Walk Score: 74.8
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# 7

Washington D.C.

Walk Score: 74.1
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# 8

Seattle

Walk Score: 70.8
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# 9

Oakland

Walk Score: 68.5
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Baltimore

Walk Score: 66.2
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Based on our Street Smart Walk Score algorithm and analysis of over 10 million addresses and 2 billion walking routes for 2,500 U.S. cities and more than 10,000 neighborhoods, the 2014 ranking is our most sophisticated to date. Read our 2014 rankings methodology.

Live Healthier, Happier & Save Money in 2014

“The typical American family spends 1/5th of their income on transportation and countless hours are wasted commuting long distances,” said Jeff Speck author, Walkable City: How Downtown Can Save America, One Step at a Time. “Walk Score is leading the way in helping people make smart and informed decisions about where to live. Nothing makes as big of an impact on your health and quality of life as finding a better commute and living in a walkable neighborhood.”

  • Be Healthier: The average resident of a walkable neighborhood weighs eight pounds less than someone who lives in a sprawling neighborhood.
  • Be Happier: People who live in walkable communities are more socially engaged and trusting than those who live in less walkable areas.
  • Save Money: The average American spends over $9,000 per year on their car making cars the second largest expense for most households, costing more than food, clothing and health care.

While many of the highest ranking cities are prohibitively expensive areas to live, real estate in very walkable places such as Oakland and Baltimore can be very reasonable. Likewise, rentals in Philadelphia are infinitely more affordable than in NYC.

Find Your Neighborhood Today

To help you get started, we created this list of select Walker’s Paradise neighborhoods where you can live healthier, happier and car-free in 2014. In addition to having a Walk Score of over 90 all of these neighborhoods also offer access to excellent public transit with a Transit Score of 70+.

Learn more about our apartment and rental search and download our updated Apartments and Rentals iPhone App to search for places to live by commute time, access to public transit, Walk Score and your “Gotta Have” amenities.

 

12 Comments

  1. David Wallace

    It’s nice seeing Oakland finally getting some recognition. As I live in The City (SF) I’m well aware that Oakland can sometimes find itself sitting in the shadow of San Francisco.
    But despite it’s reputation for being a little on the rough side, I greatly appreciate what Oakland/Berkeley offer to the Bay Area dynamic and the world at large!
    Maybe I’m just a tad biased since I was born there!!!

  2. Salwa

    The walk score of Westerville, oh is 72 which is very walkable. The scale is right for downtown area. Our city depended on private car. We can’t depend on public transport. I think there is a gap with the scale. I agree with it 100% if I live in downtown area but suburb area is completely not walkable. The scale will be completely different if you scale far from the downtown area.

  3. Josh Herst

    Hi Salwa, the Walk Score for Westerville, OH is 29, or Car Dependent. See: http://www.walkscore.com/OH/Westerville for details. Thanks!

  4. Terri

    These scores are confusing. When I pull up Carrboro NC, I see a score at the top that says 82. But scrolling down, it says “This location is in the city of Carrboro, NC. Carrboro has an average Walk Score of 28 and has 19,582 residents.”

    Which is it, an 82 or a 28?

  5. Josh Herst

    Hi Terri, Carrboro has a Walk Score of 28 (http://www.walkscore.com/NC/Carrboro). The Walk Score of 82 that you found is for a specific address at the center of Carrboro (http://www.walkscore.com/score/carrboro-nc). Thanks for your feedback.

  6. Dan Lieberman

    I live in Albany, CA which has a Walk Score of 89 citywide. I believe we’re one of the most walkable cities in the U.S. I suggest you have a ranking for all cities, not just large ones. We’re very proud of our city’s walkability in Albany CA.

  7. Josh Herst

    Hi Dan, thanks for your note and feedback. With a Walk Score of 78, Albany is very walkable (http://www.walkscore.com/CA/Albany). You can see the Walk Score for all cities at http://www.walkscore.com/cities-and-neighborhoods/. Simply scroll down the page and adjust the population slider. You can also see a list of the most walkable cities in California here http://www.walkscore.com/CA.

  8. Mike

    Love seeing Baltimore moving up in the world. Truly an underrated city that has plenty to offer. I’m a huge advocate of city living and using Walkscore that facilitates a healthy and convenient lifestyle. Personally, I’d rather walk 10 minutes to work than sit in traffic on the highway for over an hour.

  9. Glen Rivara

    What would be very helpful is walkable locations that are affordable. If you are a retired person or someone with a low income what good is a walkable city if you can’t afford to live there?

  10. Jae Nwawe

    I agree with Glen. Walkscore and Forbes should partner up to find affordable and walkable cities. Most here are very expensive.

  11. Katy Layton

    I also agree with Glenn. It would be nice to see walkable cities and towns that are not so ridiculously expensive to live in. I am middle income and want to retire in a mid size city with a great Walk Score. I am from L.A. and my kids live in Manhattan NY. I don’t want to go back to that kind of lifestyle. To live in a good area the cost is prohibitive for most. Thank you.

  12. George Lee

    This methodology is questionable. ANYONE who has visited Philadelphia will admit that Philly is MUCH MORE WALKABLE than Manhattan, Boston or SF. Philly should be at least #2 and for walking experience it should be #1. Plus Philly has the largest collection of narrow streets and the largest continuous area of seamless neighborhoods adds to walkability. If you want, you can walk throughout the entire city without interruptions, something you can’t do in New York. Not to mention Manhattan has chaotic traffic and you have to cross a bridge to get to other boroughs.

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