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Most walk-friendly cities in America

  • Most walk-friendly cities in America
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    Most walk-friendly cities in America

    In much of America, it’s practically impossible to get around without a car. People must drive to school or work, to run errands, or to visit friends, as normally at least one of these destinations are too far away or the roads do not have safe sidewalks. In some major cities, however, walking is much more feasible. One can cross a park to get to a friend’s apartment, buy milk on the way home from a jog, or stroll a couple of blocks to eat at a 24-hour diner. These cities have the density and infrastructure to offer residents a healthier way of getting around.

    But which American cities are the best for walking? Stacker gives you the top 50 in this list, using data pulled from Redfin’s Walk Score tool. These Walk Scores are calculated based on the walking distance from average homes to nearby amenities in the city (up to a 30 minute walk), and also take into consideration metrics of “pedestrian friendliness” based on population density and road conditions. Read on to find out how your city ranks on the list, as well as that city’s walk score and the best-ranked neighborhoods within it!

  • #50. Irvine, CA
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    #50. Irvine, CA

    Walk Score: 43.5

    Population: 212,375

    Best neighborhoods for walking: University Town Center (Score: 67), Irvine Center (Score: 62), Irvine Business Complex (Score: 59), Westpark (Score: 56), Northwood (Score: 51)

  • #49. Fremont, CA
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    #49. Fremont, CA

    Walk Score: 44.2

    Population: 214,089

    Best neighborhoods for walking: Irvington (Score: 70), Centerville (Score: 61), Sundale (Score: 57), Glenmoor (Score: 55), Central-Downtown (Score: 53)

  • #48. Des Moines, IA
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    #48. Des Moines, IA

    Walk Score: 45.0

    Population: 203,433

    Best neighborhoods for walking: Carpenter (Score: 78), Downtown (Score: 78), Sherman Hill (Score: 77), Drake Park (Score: 74), Capitol Park (Score: 72)

  • #47. Omaha, NE
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    #47. Omaha, NE

    Walk Score: 45.1

    Population: 408,958

    Best neighborhoods for walking: Market West (Score: 88), Old Market (Score: 87), Park East (Score: 85), Dodge Street Corridor (Score: 84), Downtown (Score: 83)

  • #46. Norfolk, VA
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    #46. Norfolk, VA

    Walk Score: 45.4

    Population: 242,803

    Best neighborhoods for walking: Downtown (Score: 83), Ghent (Score: 79), Park Place (Score: 78), Ghent Square (Score: 78), ODU Village (Score: 76)

  • #45. Toledo, OH
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    #45. Toledo, OH

    Walk Score: 45.9

    Population: 287,208

    Best neighborhoods for walking: Downtown (Score: 79), Warren Sherman (Score: 72), TOTCO (Score: 63), Five Points–Library Village (Score: 61), Lagrange (Score: 59)

  • #44. Dallas, TX
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    #44. Dallas, TX

    Walk Score: 46.2

    Population: 1,197,816

    Best neighborhoods for walking: Downtown (Score: 90), Oak Lawn (Score: 86), Henderson (Score: 83), Roseland (Score: 81), Glencoe Park (Score: 79)

  • #43. Fresno, CA
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    #43. Fresno, CA

    Walk Score: 46.3

    Population: 494,665

    Best neighborhoods for walking: The Cultural Arts District (Score: 79), Lowell (Score: 78), Little Italy (Score: 70), Tower District (Score: 67), Huntington (Score: 60)

  • #42. Sacramento, CA
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    #42. Sacramento, CA

    Walk Score: 47.1

    Population: 466,488

    Best neighborhoods for walking: Midtown (Score: 93), Downtown (Score: 92), Old North Sacramento (Score: 81), North Oak Park (Score: 78), Curtis Park (Score: 72)

  • #41. Spokane, WA
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    #41. Spokane, WA

    Walk Score: 48.0

    Population: 208,916

    Best neighborhoods for walking: Riverside (Score: 91), Logan (Score: 72), Cliff Cannon (Score: 68), Emerson Garfield (Score: 68), Peaceful Valley (Score: 65)

  • #40. Madison, WI
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    #40. Madison, WI

    Walk Score: 48.7

    Population: 233,209

    Best neighborhoods for walking: State-Langdon (Score: 93), Downtown (Score: 92), Vilas (Score: 84), Greenbush (Score: 81), Regent (Score: 81)

  • #39. Houston, TX
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    #39. Houston, TX

    Walk Score: 48.7

    Population: 2,099,451

    Best neighborhoods for walking: Midtown (Score: 86), Neartown - Montrose (Score: 82), The Museum District (Score: 79), Downtown (Score: 76), Greenway - Upper Kirby (Score: 75)

  • #38. Paradise, NV
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    #38. Paradise, NV

    Walk Score: 48.8

    Population: 223,167

    Best neighborhoods for walking: Paradise Palms (Score: 63), The Strip (Score: 49), Silverado Ranch (Score: 38),

  • #37. Atlanta, GA
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    #37. Atlanta, GA

    Walk Score: 49.2

    Population: 420,003

    Best neighborhoods for walking: Georgia State University (Score: 97), Peachtree Center (Score: 91), Buckhead Village (Score: 91), Sweet Auburn (Score: 90), South Downtown (Score: 89)

  • #36. Tampa, FL
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    #36. Tampa, FL

    Walk Score: 50.0

    Population: 335,709

    Best neighborhoods for walking: Uptown Tampa (Score: 89), Courier City–Oscawana (Score: 84), Palma Ceia West (Score: 78), Grey Gables (Score: 78), Hyde Park North (Score: 78)

  • #35. Cincinnati, OH
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    #35. Cincinnati, OH

    Walk Score: 50.4

    Population: 296,943

    Best neighborhoods for walking: Over-The Rhine (Score: 93), Central Business District (Score: 93), West End (Score: 81), Mount Auburn (Score: 80), CUF (Score: 80)

  • #34. San Jose, CA
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    #34. San Jose, CA

    Walk Score: 50.5

    Population: 945,942

    Best neighborhoods for walking: St. Leo's (Score: 91), Sunol-Midtown (Score: 88), East Virginia (Score: 86), Shasta Hanchette Park (Score: 83), Garden Alameda (Score: 83)

  • #33. San Diego, CA
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    #33. San Diego, CA

    Walk Score: 50.9

    Population: 1,307,402

    Best neighborhoods for walking: Core–Columbia (Score: 98), Horton Plaza (Score: 97), Little Italy (Score: 97), Gaslamp (Score: 97), Harborview (Score: 97)

  • #32. Richmond, VA
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    #32. Richmond, VA

    Walk Score: 51.4

    Population: 204,214

    Best neighborhoods for walking: VCU (Score: 95), Monroe Ward (Score: 94), Carytown (Score: 92), Carver (Score: 91), The Fan (Score: 90)

  • #31. Anaheim, CA
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    #31. Anaheim, CA

    Walk Score: 54.5

    Population: 336,265

    Best neighborhoods for walking: North Euclid (Score: 72), The Colony (Score: 66), The Anaheim Resort (Score: 61), West Anaheim (Score: 58), North Central Industrial (Score: 55)

  • #30. Detroit, MI
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    #30. Detroit, MI

    Walk Score: 55.4

    Population: 713,777

    Best neighborhoods for walking: University (Score: 87), Downtown (Score: 74), Central (Score: 66), Vernor (Score: 65), Bagley (Score: 64)

  • #29. New Orleans, LA
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    #29. New Orleans, LA

    Walk Score: 57.6

    Population: 343,829

    Best neighborhoods for walking: French Quarter (Score: 98), Central Business District (Score: 94), Marigny (Score: 93), Touro (Score: 92), Iberville (Score: 91)

  • #28. St. Paul, MN
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    #28. St. Paul, MN

    Walk Score: 58.9

    Population: 285,068

    Best neighborhoods for walking: Downtown (Score: 92), South Frogtown (Score: 83), Merriam Park East (Score: 79), Capitol (Score: 79), Summit—University (Score: 78)

  • #27. Cleveland, OH
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    #27. Cleveland, OH

    Walk Score: 59.5

    Population: 396,815

    Best neighborhoods for walking: Downtown (Score: 91), Ohio City (Score: 79), Detroit—Shoreway (Score: 74), Buckeye—Shaker (Score: 73), University (Score: 72)

  • #26. Denver, CO
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    #26. Denver, CO

    Walk Score: 60.5

    Population: 600,158

    Best neighborhoods for walking: Capitol Hill (Score: 92), Downtown (Score: 91), Five Points (Score: 85), Speer (Score: 85), Cherry Creek (Score: 83)

  • #25. Pittsburgh, PA
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    #25. Pittsburgh, PA

    Walk Score: 61.9

    Population: 305,704

    Best neighborhoods for walking: Downtown (Score: 95), Central Oakland (Score: 92), Friendship (Score: 90), Southside Flats (Score: 90), Bloomfield (Score: 90)

  • #24. Milwaukee, WI
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    #24. Milwaukee, WI

    Walk Score: 62.1

    Population: 594,833

    Best neighborhoods for walking: Juneau Town (Score: 95), Lower East Side (Score: 91), Yankee Hill (Score: 91), Marquette (Score: 89), Murray Hill (Score: 89)

  • #23. Honolulu, HI
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    #23. Honolulu, HI

    Walk Score: 63.7

    Population: 337,256

    Best neighborhoods for walking: Downtown (Score: 95), Ala Moana–Kakaako (Score: 91), Waikiki (Score: 90), Mccully–Moiliili (Score: 87), Kalihi–Palama (Score: 79)

  • #22. St. Louis, MO
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    #22. St. Louis, MO

    Walk Score: 64.5

    Population: 319,294

    Best neighborhoods for walking: Downtown (Score: 89), Benton Park West (Score: 83), Benton Park (Score: 81), Soulard (Score: 81), Grand Center (Score: 80)

  • #21. Rochester, NY
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    #21. Rochester, NY

    Walk Score: 64.6

    Population: 210,565

    Best neighborhoods for walking: Pearl-Meigs-Monroe (Score: 91), Central Business District (Score: 87), Park Avenue (Score: 83), Swillburg (Score: 83), South Wedge (Score: 81)

  • #20. Portland, OR
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    #20. Portland, OR

    Walk Score: 64.7

    Population: 583,776

    Best neighborhoods for walking: Pearl (Score: 96), Old Town Chinatown (Score: 96), Downtown (Score: 95), Hollywood (Score: 93), Goose Hollow (Score: 93)

  • #19. Santa Ana, CA
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    #19. Santa Ana, CA

    Walk Score: 66.1

    Population: 324,528

    Best neighborhoods for walking: Downtown (Score: 88), Willard (Score: 84), Heninger Park (Score: 81), Flower Park (Score: 78), Eastside (Score: 77)

  • #18. Los Angeles, CA
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    #18. Los Angeles, CA

    Walk Score: 67.4

    Population: 3,792,621

    Best neighborhoods for walking: Downtown (Score: 95), MacArthur Park (Score: 94), Central Hollywood (Score: 93), Westlake (Score: 91), Wilshire Center–Koreatown (Score: 91)

  • #17. Buffalo, NY
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    #17. Buffalo, NY

    Walk Score: 67.8

    Population: 261,310

    Best neighborhoods for walking: Allen (Score: 93), Central Business District (Score: 92), Bryant (Score: 87), Columbus (Score: 86), Grant Ferry (Score: 86)

  • #16. Arlington, VA
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    #16. Arlington, VA

    Walk Score: 68.9

    Population: 207,627

    Best neighborhoods for walking: Clarendon–Courthouse (Score: 93), Ballston–Virginia Square (Score: 93), Colonial Village (Score: 89), North Rosslyn (Score: 89), Lyon Village (Score: 89)

  • #15. Minneapolis, MN
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    #15. Minneapolis, MN

    Walk Score: 69.2

    Population: 382,578

    Best neighborhoods for walking: Lyn Lake (Score: 96), Uptown (Score: 93), Lowry Hill East (Score: 92), Downtown West (Score: 92), Whittier (Score: 90)

  • #14. Hialeah, FL
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    #14. Hialeah, FL

    Walk Score: 69.4

    Population: 224,669

    Best neighborhoods for walking: Trojan Park (Score: 84), Seminola City (Score: 83), Palmetto I-75 Industrial Center (Score: 77), Hialeah Acres (Score: 76), Essex Village (Score: 72)

  • #13. Baltimore, MD
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    #13. Baltimore, MD

    Walk Score: 69.4

    Population: 620,961

    Best neighborhoods for walking: Mount Vernon (Score: 98), Downtown (Score: 98), University of MD at Baltimore (Score: 97), Fells Point (Score: 96), Little Italy (Score: 95)

  • #12. Long Beach, CA
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    #12. Long Beach, CA

    Walk Score: 69.9

    Population: 462,257

    Best neighborhoods for walking: Downtown (Score: 93), Saint Mary (Score: 91), Franklin School (Score: 89), Eastside (Score: 87), Washington School (Score: 85)

  • #11. Oakland, CA
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    #11. Oakland, CA

    Walk Score: 72.0

    Population: 390,724

    Best neighborhoods for walking: Downtown (Score: 97), Koreatown–Northgate (Score: 97), Temescal (Score: 92), Piedmont Avenue (Score: 92), Mosswood (Score: 92)

  • #10. Seattle, WA
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    #10. Seattle, WA

    Walk Score: 73.1

    Population: 608,660

    Best neighborhoods for walking: Downtown (Score: 99), Pioneer Square (Score: 98), First Hill (Score: 97), Belltown (Score: 97), International District (Score: 97)

  • #9. Washington D.C.
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    #9. Washington D.C.

    Walk Score: 77.3

    Population: 601,723

    Best neighborhoods for walking: Dupont Circle (Score: 98), U-Street (Score: 97), Downtown–Penn Quarter–Chinatown (Score: 97), Mount Vernon Square (Score: 97), Logan Circle–Shaw (Score: 96)

  • #8. Chicago, IL
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    #8. Chicago, IL

    Walk Score: 77.8

    Population: 2,695,598

    Best neighborhoods for walking: Near North Side (Score: 96), West Loop (Score: 96), East Ukrainian Village (Score: 96), Ukrainian Village (Score: 94), Wicker Park (Score: 94)

  • #7. Philadelphia, PA
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    #7. Philadelphia, PA

    Walk Score: 79.0

    Population: 1,526,006

    Best neighborhoods for walking: Center City West (Score: 99), Avenue of the Arts South (Score: 99), Rittenhouse Square (Score: 99), Washington Square West (Score: 99), Center City East (Score: 98)

  • #6. Miami, FL
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    #6. Miami, FL

    Walk Score: 79.2

    Population: 399,457

    Best neighborhoods for walking: Downtown (Score: 91), Wynwood–Edgewater (Score: 88), Little Havana (Score: 88), Overtown (Score: 81), Allapattah (Score: 81)

  • #5. Newark, NJ
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    #5. Newark, NJ

    Walk Score: 80.4

    Population: 277,140

    Best neighborhoods for walking: Newark Central Business District (Score: 97), North Ironbound (Score: 91), University Heights (Score: 89), Seventh Avenue (Score: 88), South Ironbound (Score: 88)

  • #4. Boston, MA
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    #4. Boston, MA

    Walk Score: 80.9

    Population: 617,594

    Best neighborhoods for walking: Chinatown–Leather District (Score: 98), North End (Score: 98), Bay Village (Score: 98), Beacon Hill (Score: 98), Downtown (Score: 97)

  • #3. San Francisco, CA
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    #3. San Francisco, CA

    Walk Score: 86.0

    Population: 805,235

    Best neighborhoods for walking: Chinatown (Score: 100), Downtown–Union Square (Score: 99), Lower Nob Hill (Score: 99), North Beach (Score: 99), Tenderloin (Score: 99)

  • #2. Jersey City, NJ
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    #2. Jersey City, NJ

    Walk Score: 87.3

    Population: 247,597

    Best neighborhoods for walking: Historic Downtown (Score: 95), Journal Square (Score: 94), McGinley Square (Score: 93), The Heights (Score: 90), West Side (Score: 89)

  • #1. New York, NY
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    #1. New York, NY

    Walk Score: 89.2

    Population: 8,175,133

    Best neighborhoods for walking: Little Italy (Score: 100), NoHo (Score: 100), NoLita (Score: 100), Bowery (Score: 100), Union Square (Score: 100)

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