Top 10 Most Walkable list… Guess who made it!

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November 26, 2013

Two of the Bay Area’s three largest cities — San Francisco and Oakland — made the top 10 list of the most walkable cities in the country.

San Francisco came in second after New York City while Oakland ranked No. 9.

The rankings were compiled by Walk Score, a Seattle-based company that determines how walkable a neighborhood is for renters and home buyers.

“Being able to walk out your door and be at your destination whether that be your job, school, park, grocery store or restaurant is great for your wallet, health, and quality of life,” said Josh Herst, CEO of Walk Score. “For decades, Americans have tended to drive more every year, but that’s changing. Today commuting by bus, bike and foot are on the rise as more people choose apartments and homes in walkable neighborhoods and with shorter, cheaper and happier commutes.”

The company found that homes in highly walkable areas are becoming more valuable as younger people increasingly prefer to walk than drive, residents of walkable areas weigh on average eight pounds less than those who don’t, and most Americans spend an average of $9,000 per year on a car.

San Francisco earned a score of 84 or Very Walkable, which means most errands can be accomplished on foot. Some of the most walkable neighborhoods include Chinatown, the Financial District, Downtown, the Tenderloin and Telegraph Hill.

Oakland brought in a score of 69 or Somewhat Walkable, which means some errands can be accomplished on foot.

“Oakland isn’t the Bay Area’s second city anymore,” the report states. “With its stunning location on the shores of Lake Merritt and proximity to Silicon Valley employers, it’s come into its own. The ethnically diverse population makes it a cultural playground for food, art, music, and more.”

Here is the top 10 list:

  1. New York: 87.6
  2. San Francisco: 83.9
  3. Boston: 79.5
  4. Philadelphia: 76.5
  5. Miami: 75.6
  6. Chicago: 74.8
  7. Washington, D.C.: 74.1
  8. Seattle: 70.8
  9. Oakland: 68.5
  10. Baltimore: 66.2

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