Census Data Shows Which Cities Encourage the Most Walking

Multiple metrics have been developed to measure which areas are the most friendly to pedestrians. But by looking at Census Data on commuting patterns, one can glean which city's residents are making the most of their "walkable" environs.

"Many localities across the country are continuing to push policies and planning initiatives aimed at making communities more walkable," writes Mike Maciag. "Recent census figures depict a wide variation in commuting habits among the nation’s urban centers, showing some have done much more than others."

"Nationally, only a small fraction of people primarily walk to work – the measure the Census Bureau estimates in its annual American Communities Survey. In a select group of cities, though, recent data illustrates the extent to which walking has emerged as an everyday means of commuting."

Full Story: The Most Walkable Cities and How Some Are Making Strides

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