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Top 10 Walking Cities for 2007

Walking is a great way to get out and get moving, but is your city a good walking city? Curious themselves, Prevention Magazine has created a list of the Best Walking Cities in the nation.

Here is the criteria that went into the list: Safe streets, beautiful places to walk, mild weather and good air quality. However they also considered the percentage of population that walks for exercise, the use of mass transit, the parks per square mile, the points of interest per square mile, the average winter/summer temperatures and the percentage of athletic shoe buyers.

  1. Madison, WI
  2. Austin, TX
  3. San Francisco, CA
  4. Charlotte, NC
  5. Seattle, WA
  6. Henderson, NV
  7. San Diego, CA
  8. San Jose, CA
  9. Chandler, AZ
  10. Virginia Beach, VA

To see who made the bottom of the list,

  • 91. Cleveland, OH
  • 92. Buffalo, NY
  • 93. Memphis, TN
  • 94. El Paso, TX
  • 95. Birmingham, AL
  • 96. Detroit, MI
  • 97. Hialeah, FL
  • 98. Miami, FL
  • 99. Laredo, TX
  • 100. Newark, NJ

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Join The Conversation
sunchild45 sunchild45 9 years
I don't understand why Ft. Lauderdale, Hollywood are not at the top of the list? I live in Hollywood and i can walk to Stores, Dentist, Restaurants, Hair Stylist, soon to be a Kohls, Kmart, Home Depot, Grocery, Drug Stores, Theater, County Park, TY is right across the street from me. Beach is only 3 miles away. We have more it seems who Jog or Ride Bikes but we can be out there 12 months a year and most of the time, 90% of the time wearing shorts. We have had our Windows open since Christmas. Once in a while it gets humid and we will turn the A/C on for a few days but otherwise, it is beautiful. My Husband and i are Seniors and we are walking the Park or Beach just about every day. Very seldom do we miss. It is so pretty out i do not like to be inside. We have a Lake behind us, a Lake across the Street at the Park, a Lake at another Senior Complex and that really cools the Breezes from the Beach that we get. Alot of times we have winds at 15 mph. and after it comes across that Lake, it is like Free A/C.
smart-blonde smart-blonde 10 years
Sure, Madison WI has mild weather...fourteen days out of the year... Maybe they think that the -50 temperatures in January even out the 90+ temperatures (with humidity, of course!) in July? This list makes no sense.
LizaToad LizaToad 10 years
i've been to most of the cities in that list (i travel A LOT for work)and none of them are better for walking, on a regular basis, than new york... GEEZ
LizaToad LizaToad 10 years
WHAT? this is rediculous, nyc should be at the top of that list!
bpjedi bpjedi 10 years
I'm with pixiesticker--walking in NYC is a way of life--the weather, the exercise shoes, all that other stuff is immaterial in a city in which driving is inconvenient, public transit is most everywhere, and there's always a variety of venues within walking distance.
pixiesticker pixiesticker 10 years
Why in the world wasn't NYC listed higher? Not that we always have such great weather..but it's a walking city. That's what we do.
i-heart-monster i-heart-monster 10 years
joyofadventure... same thing for Chandler, AZ! It shares a border with Phoenix! We have some freakin' hot temperatures - our air is some of the worst in the nation, mass transit is practically non-existent. It might be nice to walk one month out of the year, but their numbers and calculation methods are seriously screwy.
kscincotta kscincotta 10 years
Madison, Wisconsin has mild weather?!?
SU3 SU3 10 years
It's too damn HOT in miami... that's why it's at the bottom of the list.
lindalikesyou lindalikesyou 10 years
i'm glad to see both san francisco and san diego are on the list :]
joyofadventure joyofadventure 10 years
ok, i am from las vegas, and henderson is technically part of las vegas... mild weather?? have you tried walking outside in 115 degrees? i mean there is no humidity but its still pretty freakin hot! and i live in summerlin which is like henderson except on the oppisite side of the city and is WAAY nicer in my opinion, we have walking trails and its sooo pretty, i miss it!
reeveske reeveske 10 years
Austin is number 2! Yay! I can totally see that now that I think about it too
misstsapinay misstsapinay 10 years
Yay! Two of my area made it...San Francisco and San Jose =)
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