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The Most Walkable Cities in America

Think the city nearest you is walkable? The Brookings Institution ranked the country's top 30 major metropolitan areas in terms of how walkable they are (per capita). I am pleased to say that my lovely town of San Francisco sits pretty at number three on the list, which may explain why it is one of the most healthy cities for women in the United States. Does your city make the cut?

  • Washington
  • Boston, Massachusetts
  • San Francisco, California
  • Denver, Colorado
  • Portland, Oregon
  • Seattle, Washington
  • Chicago, Illinois
  • Miami, Florida
  • Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • New York
  • San Diego, California
  • Los Angeles, California
  • Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Atlanta, Georgia
  • Baltimore, Maryland

There's 15 more so

  • St. Louis, Missouri
  • Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • Detroit, Michigan
  • Columbus, Ohio
  • Las Vegas, Nevada
  • Houston, Texas
  • San Antonio, Texas
  • Kansas City, Missouri
  • Orlando, Florida
  • Dallas, Texas
  • Phoenix, Arizona
  • Sacramento, California
  • Cincinnati, Ohio
  • Cleveland, Ohio
  • Tampa, Florida


amber_castaldo amber_castaldo 9 years
I love walking around Washington. I think it's so funny that there was no specific city.
laluna27 laluna27 9 years
NY ROCKS! Should def. be above Boston on the list though.
glamourize glamourize 9 years
Dallas is not walkable AT ALL. Pedestrians don't even have the right of way! I've been living in SF for years, so I'm used to walking everywhere. I recently went home to Dallas for a visit, and decided to walk home after meeting some friends for lunch - it was only 6 blocks, but 2 people stopped to ask if i need to borrow their cell phone, haha! Unless you're in work-out gear, people assume your car must have broken down if you're walking :)
igottrouble igottrouble 9 years
man nyc should be so much higher on the list
RileysGirl RileysGirl 9 years
I'm surprised Tampa even made the list! I walk every day at lunch and there are some very wonderful places to walk - if you have some kind of protection. There are four women that work with me that have been chased, grabbed and had someone expose themselves to them while walking in downtown Tampa. Don't get me wrong, Tampa is a beautiful city and I have Bayshore Blvd. and Davis Islands within walking distance from my work, but I'm very nervous and always carry my cell phone and something big to possibly ward off attackers (probably a good idea anywhere though).
DCStar DCStar 9 years
Washington, DC!!! Yeah, this city is quite walkable. I used to get upset that Georgetown wasn't on a Metro line, but honestly it's within a mile of two stops, you really can't beat that.
Dallas is not a very walkable city. Everything is too spaced out! I thought that Austin would have made this list for sure!
magita magita 9 years
yikes...I live in Houston and it is HUGE...not a walkable place at all, there may be some pockets that are walkable, but not the town in general. You can tell the difference between cities up East that were built before cars and a town like Houston that boomed because of oil and shipping, so the infrastructure is much more sprawling and designed to incorporate people driving everywhere. The article uses Sugar Land as an example of why Houston is so walkable...Sugar Land isn't even part of Houston! Why would they rate a city based off of something that is in a completely different location? I do love Houston, however...lots of great food, green bayous, and wintertime highs in the 70s :-)
julieulie julieulie 9 years
I am proud to live in the most walkable city, and I would definitely agree! I've been here 7.5 years now, and never owned a car! I walk to work, to the grocery store, to do my shopping... everywhere! Of course, if I lived closer to a metro stop, I'd probably be a little lazier. :) I <3 DC.
cstarr cstarr 9 years
I live in San Diego...and I guess it is "walkable" but would like to know the definition they are using. Some of these other cities wouldn't make the cut if it was up to me. Boston, Chicago and NYC I would agree on though. Pittsburgh HELL NO! Detroit (where I'm from originally) is very flat but not recommended for walking! LOL anyway cool list.
lisseth0221 lisseth0221 9 years
Why isn't Austin on the list? That city is very walkable! Love it there!
lisseth0221 lisseth0221 9 years
I live in Houston and I don't think that it is very walkable at all! It's so big and you have to drive everywhere!! I mean I love my hometown but I don't agree with this!
Tari007 Tari007 9 years
It sure did! Boston ranked at #2! :smile:
esk4 esk4 9 years
oh and denver... yes walkable, but be careful because those hybrid busses they use make almost no noise and sneak up on you
esk4 esk4 9 years
awww newark didn't make the list!!! darn!!!
Tutta Tutta 9 years
Woo hoo! Yay Dallas...we're finally making a positive list! :)
Arthur Arthur 9 years
these people are smoking crack. SF before NYC? LA? Denver. Denver? DENVER? whatever.
kscincotta kscincotta 9 years
I'm confused by what they mean by "walkable". Atlanta, for example, is not a city that you can live in without a car. Our public transportation is pretty sparse and the city is very spread out. However, when I was training for the Breast Cancer 3 Day, I found some great greenways and cute neighborhoods to walk in. So by that measure, Atlanta is quite a walkable city.
jkat jkat 9 years
YAY CHICAGO! I think it would be number 1 if it wasn't for these darn winters. Hello ... we are covered in snow right now!
suzanne suzanne 9 years
:WOOHOO: Denver is number 4... We love to walk here and we walk a mile high up... :JOG:
Renees3 Renees3 9 years
I don't think LA is as bad as people make it out to be. Of course, just like in any other big city, traffic is bad and people are crazy. But LA has some amazing trails, beach front, good shopping areas that you can walk for blocks around. I love that someone mentioned Walking In LA by MIssing Persons. I love that song.
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 9 years
Its for darn sure not my town, you would have to step over the homeless or Gutter kids.
GrapeBubbleGum GrapeBubbleGum 9 years
yay boston! the walkable-ness of boston is what I love so much about it. having lived in baltimore before (which I don't think is walkable at all and I have no idea why it's up there) getting around boston is like a walk in the park (pun intended...i'm a nerd).
Seraphim Seraphim 9 years
go boston! it's your birthday
Lovely_1 Lovely_1 9 years
Awww I wish I lived somewhere warm where I could walk and run all year long outside!
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