Walk Score has released its 2014 ranking of Most Walkable U.S. Cities and Neighborhoods. Though New York's position at the top of the list would be easy to explain, one surprise made the top five.
With walkability an increasingly important factor in where we chose to live, Walk Score's comprehensive evaluation of America's most pedestrian-friendly neighborhoods seems to only become more meaningful.
“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,” said Josh Herst, CEO of Walk Score.
This year's top five cities are: New York, San Francisco, Boston, Philadelphia, and (perhaps surprisingly) Miami.
"The 2014 ranking of Most Walkable U.S. Cities and Neighborhoods is based on a proprietary algorithm and analysis of over 10 million addresses and over 2 billion walking routes to neighborhood amenities across 2,500 cities and more than 10,000 neighborhoods," says the company. "Walk Score’s ranking is the only national, quantitative walkability rating."
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