How Walkable Is Your Neighborhood?

by Katy on July 19, 2008 · 6 comments


With all the attention on hybrid cars, cycling and public transportation these days, it’s easy to ignore the most obvious transportation option:


It’s highly fuel efficient, (just add cookies) and is accessible to most everyone.

I just found a cool website called, “walkscore” that will calculate a 0-100 score of how walkable your United States/Canada neighborhood is. (Sorry, foreign Non-Consumers.)

The website describes itself as such:

“Walk Score helps people find walkable places to live. Walk Score calculates the walkability of an address by locating nearby stores, restaurants, schools, parks, etc. Walk Score measures how easy it is to live a car-lite lifestyle.”

Okay. I live in an enviably walkable neighborhood. I’m but a scant few blocks from a school, the library, a park, grocery stores, coffee shops, art supply, a UPS store, a gym, restaurants, plus much, much more. Really, I could become a relative hermit without difficulty. I’m feeling confident and smug.

So I punch in my address and get a score of “80?” Jeepers — what does a girl have to do to get a higher score? Last time I checked, that’s a B-! Actually, it turns out that an “80” puts my house in a “very walkable” category. I can live with that.

After I had inserted my info, a map popped up of my neighborhood with tiny icons for the different businesses, schools, parks, etc. Many were consumer rated, which was pretty interesting to read. There was a small amount of outdated info, but mostly it was up to date. 

A friend tells me that real estate agents are starting to use this site to engage potential buyers. And that, fellow Non-Consumers is a positive. This means that the green lifestyle of alternative transportation is no longer considered weird.

Because we all need to be getting out of our cars and onto our own two feet.

What’s your score? Can you beat me?

Let me know in the comments section below.

Katy Wolk-Stanley

“Use it up, wear it out, make it do or do without.”

{ 6 comments… read them below or add one }

Marcia July 20, 2008 at 6:24 pm

Fascinating — realized why my favourite places to live have been so wonderful. Unfortunately, the site doesn’t have all the info for Canada so I think they were underrated (saying my place was only a 62 when I think it is higher). However, when we lived in Boston, I never drove, and walked everywhere and it was rated a 93 and my in-laws also in Boston got 98 (a Walker’s paradise).


Andy Goodell July 20, 2008 at 7:47 pm

98 here. funny thing is that I plan on moving just a few miles to the other side of town which is rated 17, and I would still find it as easy to get around by walking and biking


LeAnna July 21, 2008 at 7:49 am

I got an 80–not bad for Minnesota! I just moved from a different part of town that was rated at a 43, and the walking-friendly aspect was a big draw to my current neighborhood. Now I just need to not be such a wuss and actually walk/bike with my little one…babysteps!


Linda July 23, 2008 at 1:38 pm

I only got 68…:(


Lucy August 30, 2011 at 4:48 pm

Zero, wow.

Just exploring your archives….


Pam July 5, 2018 at 4:36 pm

Also exploring your archives.

My neighborhood walk score is … 7. Ouch.


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