Finding cities with high walkability scores

Walkability in a city determines how easy it is to access various services including health and educational institutions, workplaces and organizations. If a city has poor walkability, then people would be highly dependent on public or even car transportation. But this still doesn't mean that such transportation would be efficient as trip durations may last a long time. Communities may be harder to build as people cannot meet that often. This way, various collaboration opportunities may be missed and innovative projects may not find enough support to thrive. Walk Score provides information about cities in four different countries and can be used to determine which cities enable people to reach their destinations most easily. It shows that no city is perfect, but many still achieve good scores, which means that we could try to learn what they do right.

Here you can see the highest walk, transit and bike scores for the biggest US cities. Type a city name to highlight it among all three categories if available.

City Walk score
New York 89
Jersey City 87
San Francisco 86
Saint Paul 85
Ventura 83
Berkeley 81
Paterson 81
Elizabeth 81
Boston 81
Newark 80
Philadelphia 79
Miami 79
Providence 79
Chicago 78
Washington 77
Columbus 75
Seattle 73
Oakland 72
Hartford 71
Yonkers 71
Long Beach 70
Hialeah 69
Burbank 69
Inglewood 69
Baltimore 69
Minneapolis 69
Buffalo 68
New Haven 68
Bridgeport 68
Los Angeles 67
Allentown 66
Pasadena 66
Santa Ana 66
St. Louis 65
Rochester 65
Portland 65
Lowell 64
Honolulu 64
Torrance 64
San Mateo 64
Daly City 63
Costa Mesa 62
Milwaukee 62
Pittsburgh 62
Syracuse 61
Denver 61
Garden Grove 61
Alexandria 60
Cleveland 60
El Monte 60
City Transit score
New York 84
San Francisco 80
Boston 74
Ventura 73
Gainesville 71
Washington 71
Jersey City 70
Philadelphia 67
Chicago 65
Newark 65
Miami 59
Minneapolis 58
Baltimore 58
Seattle 57
Berkeley 56
Honolulu 56
Alexandria 55
Oakland 55
Grand Rapids 55
Pittsburgh 54
Yonkers 53
Los Angeles 51
Portland 51
Buffalo 50
Milwaukee 49
Boulder 48
Providence 48
Paterson 48
Ann Arbor 47
Denver 47
Cleveland 47
Santa Ana 46
Tempe 45
St. Louis 45
Atlanta 44
Miami Gardens 43
Salt Lake City 43
Cincinnati 43
Rochester 43
Elizabeth 43
San Jose 41
Sunnyvale 40
Costa Mesa 40
Gresham 39
Fort Lauderdale 39
Dallas 39
Bellevue 38
Lakewood 38
Hillsboro 38
Madison 38
City Bike score
Ventura 95
Berkeley 89
Boulder 86
Minneapolis 81
Fort Collins 80
Tempe 76
San Francisco 75
Ann Arbor 74
Eugene 74
Woodbridge 74
Madison 73
Pasadena 72
Portland 72
Denver 71
Chicago 70
Irvine 70
Boston 70
Washington 69
Fargo 69
Salt Lake City 69
Sacramento 69
Tucson 68
Philadelphia 68
Providence 67
Jersey City 66
Long Beach 66
Alexandria 66
New York 65
Seattle 63
Boise 63
Hartford 62
Lincoln 62
Fremont 61
Aurora 61
Oakland 61
Miami 60
Albuquerque 60
New Orleans 60
New Haven 59
Rochester 59
Salem 58
Mesa 58
San Jose 57
St. Louis 57
Billings 57
Plano 57
Gilbert 57
Santa Ana 57
St. Petersburg 56
Baltimore 56

We see that transit scores, where available tend to be lower in general than the scores in the other two categories. This may be due to various environmental factors. Among the smaller cities, a pleasant surprise is Ventura, which takes the 5th, 4th and 1st place in the three categories, which shows that great infrastructure doesn't have to be available only in big cities. New York takes the first places in the walk and transit categories, but according the the index, it is not among the most bike-friendly cities.