The 10 Most Pedestrian-Friendly Cities In The U.S.

New York City may be the only place in the world where you really have to look both ways before crossing, even if you have the walk signal, because cabs have no issue zooming right through a red light.

Somehow, though, it was named the most walkable city in America. But I guess it kind of makes sense, since driving is an absolute nightmare here.

For many, cities that are friendlier to pedestrians are better places to live. So, Redfin, a real estate analysis website and brokerage, decided to rank the most walkable U.S. cities with populations of more than 300,000.

The site uses a tool called Walk Score, an algorithm that measures how convenient it is in a given city to do daily errands — getting to school, going to dinner, picking up groceries, etc. from any given point — on a a 100-point scale. It doesn't, however, take public transit systems into account (that's a different rating, called Transit Score).

Here's who came out on top:

  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

Most of the cities in the top 10 probably didn't come as a big shock. New York, San Francisco, Boston, Philadelphia, Chicago, and Washington D.C. all established themselves before cars came around, so they were made for moving on foot. However, the fact that Miami, Oakland, and Seattle made it shows that the past doesn't necessarily decide the future. Cities can change. There is hope yet for car-dominated places to become pedestrian- and bike-friendly.

You can get all the walking, biking, public-transiting details on the full report here. And you can even see how your own block ranks in all three aspects here.

(h/t Wired)

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