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Best cities for people who hate driving

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Best cities for people who hate driving

Road trips aren’t for everybody; in fact, cities around America have been making major changes to become more friendly to bike-riders and pedestrians. Public transportation is now a priority in many urban areas and streets are being redeveloped to be more attractive for walking, especially for younger people who might not use a car. To back that up, data shows that millennials actually rely on biking and public transportation far more than previous generations. As Americans in urban areas move away from automobiles as their primary form of transit, it’s helpful to know which cities cater to those who choose to go car-less for any number of reasons.


To identify the best cities for people who hate driving, Stacker used data from Walk Score that combines the site’s patented Walk Score, Transit Score, and Bike Score methodology to form a “Green Transit Score.” This data analyzes hundreds of routes based on their distance to certain amenities, as well as population density, biking infrastructure, and transit route usefulness. Any ties were broken by the city with the higher population. Read on to discover which island capital city cracked the top 25, and which West Coast tech hub took the #1 spot on the list.

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rachaelvorhees // Flickr

#50. Las Vegas, NV

Green transit score: 42.2
Bike score: 52.0
Transit score: 33.6
Walk score: 41.1
Population: 583,756

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Artsystyk386 // WIkimedia Commons

#49. Orlando, FL

Green transit score: 42.6
Bike score: 53.0
Transit score: 32.7
Walk score: 42.1
Population: 238,300

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Michael Cornelius // Flickr

#48. Lincoln, NE

Green transit score: 43.0
Bike score: 62.3
Transit score: 24.1
Walk score: 42.7
Population: 258,379

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RadicalBender // Wikimedia Commons

#47. Dallas, TX

Green transit score: 43.2
Bike score: 43.7
Transit score: 39.7
Walk score: 46.2
Population: 1,197,816

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Metro Bus // Flickr

#46. Cincinnati, OH

Green transit score: 43.7
Bike score: 37.0
Transit score: 43.6
Walk score: 50.4
Population: 296,943

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lxnayonthetimmay // Wikimedia Commons

#45. Phoenix, AZ

Green transit score: 43.7
Bike score: 54.3
Transit score: 36.0
Walk score: 40.8
Population: 1,445,632

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Chris English // Wikimedia Commons

#44. Albuquerque, NM

Green transit score: 44.1
Bike score: 59.6
Transit score: 29.9
Walk score: 42.7
Population: 545,852

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Ziggzagzac // Wikimedia Commons

#43. Spokane, WA

Green transit score: 44.1
Bike score: 48.6
Transit score: 35.8
Walk score: 48.0
Population: 208,916

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LaSar Development Corporation // Flickr

#42. San Diego, CA

Green transit score: 44.5
Bike score: 45.5
Transit score: 37.0
Walk score: 50.9
Population: 1,307,402

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I Bike Fresno // Flickr

#41. Fresno, CA

Green transit score: 44.5
Bike score: 55.9
Transit score: 31.3
Walk score: 46.3
Population: 494,665

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CityofStPete // Flickr

#40. St. Petersburg, FL

Green transit score: 44.6
Bike score: 56.1
Transit score: 34.3
Walk score: 43.4
Population: 244,769

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Bobak // Wikimedia Commons

#39. Tampa, FL

Green transit score: 44.9
Bike score: 53.2
Transit score: 31.5
Walk score: 50.0
Population: 335,709

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ArtisticOperations // Pixabay

#38. Houston, TX

Green transit score: 44.9
Bike score: 49.3
Transit score: 36.8
Walk score: 48.7
Population: 2,099,451

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Roman Eugeniusz // Wikimedia Commons

#37. Paradise, NV

Green transit score: 46.7
Bike score: 53.1
Transit score: 38.3
Walk score: 48.8
Population: 223,167

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David Guo // Flickr

#36. Irvine, CA

Green transit score: 46.8
Bike score: 69.7
Transit score: 27.2
Walk score: 43.5
Population: 212,375

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Jeffrey Beall // Wikimedia Commons

#35. Aurora, CO

Green transit score: 47.3
Bike score: 60.8
Transit score: 38.5
Walk score: 42.6
Population: 325,078

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Internet Association // Flickr

#34. Fremont, CA

Green transit score: 47.5
Bike score: 61.1
Transit score: 37.3
Walk score: 44.2
Population: 214,089

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Ken Lund // Flickr

#33. Anaheim, CA

Green transit score: 47.8
Bike score: 51.9
Transit score: 37.1
Walk score: 54.5
Population: 336,265

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Max Wolfe // Wikimedia Commons

#32. Tucson, AZ

Green transit score: 48.2
Bike score: 67.9
Transit score: 34.2
Walk score: 42.4
Population: 520,116

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Chris Yunker // Wikimedia Commons

#31. Atlanta, GA

Green transit score: 48.4
Bike score: 49.9
Transit score: 46.0
Walk score: 49.2
Population: 420,003

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Russ // Flickr

#30. Detroit, MI

Green transit score: 49.5
Bike score: 55.0
Transit score: 38.1
Walk score: 55.4
Population: 713,777

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SPUR // Wikimedia Commons

#29. San Jose, CA

Green transit score: 49.6
Bike score: 56.9
Transit score: 41.3
Walk score: 50.5
Population: 945,942

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he who would be lost // Flickr

#28. Sacramento, CA

Green transit score: 49.9
Bike score: 68.9
Transit score: 33.7
Walk score: 47.1
Population: 466,488

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Enlightenedment // Wikimedia Commons

#27. Pittsburgh, PA

Green transit score: 52.1
Bike score: 39.9
Transit score: 54.4
Walk score: 61.9
Population: 305,704

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Center for Neighborhood Technology // Wikimedia Commons

#26. Cleveland, OH

Green transit score: 52.5
Bike score: 50.8
Transit score: 47.1
Walk score: 59.5
Population: 396,815

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Richard Hurd // Flickr

#25. Madison, WI

Green transit score: 53.2
Bike score: 72.6
Transit score: 38.4
Walk score: 48.7
Population: 233,209

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Pedro Szekely // Wikimedia Commons

#24. New Orleans, LA

Green transit score: 54.0
Bike score: 60.1
Transit score: 44.2
Walk score: 57.6
Population: 343,829

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Anthony Quintano // Flickr

#23. Honolulu, HI

Green transit score: 55.4
Bike score: 45.2
Transit score: 57.2
Walk score: 63.7
Population: 337,256

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Paul Sableman // Flickr

#22. St. Louis, MO

Green transit score: 55.5
Bike score: 56.9
Transit score: 45.2
Walk score: 64.5
Population: 319,294

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Robert Torynski // Flickr

#21. Rochester, NY

Green transit score: 55.6
Bike score: 58.9
Transit score: 43.2
Walk score: 64.6
Population: 210,565

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Runner1928 // Wikimedia Commons

#20. St. Paul, MN

Green transit score: 56.1
Bike score: 62.1
Transit score: 47.4
Walk score: 58.9
Population: 285,068

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Nandaro // Wikimedia Commons

#19. Santa Ana, CA

Green transit score: 56.2
Bike score: 57.1
Transit score: 45.5
Walk score: 66.1
Population: 324,528

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Roger Puta // Wikimedia Commons

#18. Buffalo, NY

Green transit score: 57.3
Bike score: 54.5
Transit score: 49.5
Walk score: 67.8
Population: 261,310

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daveynin // Flickr

#17. Los Angeles, CA

Green transit score: 58.3
Bike score: 56.0
Transit score: 51.5
Walk score: 67.4
Population: 3,792,621

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Seraphimblade // Wikimedia Commons

#16. Denver, CO

Green transit score: 59.9
Bike score: 71.3
Transit score: 47.8
Walk score: 60.5
Population: 600,158

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Payton Chung // Flickr

#15. Baltimore, MD

Green transit score: 60.9
Bike score: 56.1
Transit score: 57.2
Walk score: 69.4
Population: 620,961

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Dan Lundmark // Flickr

#14. Long Beach, CA

Green transit score: 62.6
Bike score: 66.4
Transit score: 51.4
Walk score: 69.9
Population: 462,257

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Steve Morgan // Wikimedia Commons

#13. Portland, OR

Green transit score: 62.7
Bike score: 72.0
Transit score: 51.4
Walk score: 64.7
Population: 583,776

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sonofabike // Flickr

#12. Oakland, CA

Green transit score: 63.1
Bike score: 60.9
Transit score: 56.3
Walk score: 72.0
Population: 390,724

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N I C O L A // Flickr

#11. Seattle, WA

Green transit score: 65.2
Bike score: 63.0
Transit score: 59.6
Walk score: 73.1
Population: 608,660

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821292 // Pixabay

#10. Miami, FL

Green transit score: 65.4
Bike score: 59.7
Transit score: 57.2
Walk score: 79.2
Population: 399,457

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Paul Sableman // Flickr

#9. Newark, NJ

Green transit score: 65.6
Bike score: 51.1
Transit score: 65.2
Walk score: 80.4
Population: 277,140

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Ben Schuman // Wikimedia Commons

#8. Arlington, VA

Green transit score: 66.2
Bike score: 71.0
Transit score: 58.8
Walk score: 68.9
Population: 207,627

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IIP Photo Archive // Flickr

#7. Minneapolis, MN

Green transit score: 69.4
Bike score: 81.3
Transit score: 57.6
Walk score: 69.2
Population: 382,578

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Rene Schwietzke // Flickrhttps://www.flickr.com/photos/rene-germany/3998274749

#6. Chicago, IL

Green transit score: 71.0
Bike score: 70.2
Transit score: 65.0
Walk score: 77.8
Population: 2,695,598

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Kjetil Ree // Wikimedia Commons

#5. Philadelphia, PA

Green transit score: 71.1
Bike score: 67.5
Transit score: 66.8
Walk score: 79.0
Population: 1,526,006

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StockSnap // Pixabay

#4. Washington, D.C.

Green transit score: 71.8
Bike score: 69.5
Transit score: 68.5
Walk score: 77.3
Population: 601,723

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Whoisjohngalt // WIkimedia Commons

#3. Boston, MA

Green transit score: 74.6
Bike score: 70.3
Transit score: 72.6
Walk score: 80.9
Population: 617,594

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Aude // Wikimedia Commons

#2. Jersey City, NJ

Green transit score: 74.7
Bike score: 66.3
Transit score: 70.6
Walk score: 87.3
Population: 247,597

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Christian Mehlführer // WIkimedia Commons

#1. San Francisco, CA

Green transit score: 80.5
Bike score: 75.1
Transit score: 80.4
Walk score: 86.0
Population: 805,235

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