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10 Places Where It’s Easy to Get By Without a Car

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Can you get there on foot?

Walkable neighborhoods can be a safe haven for those looking to ditch long commutes and for others who simply want to walk to their everyday activities instead of relying on a vehicle.

So, Homes.com used data from Walk Score to compile a list of the most walkable cities in the U.S.

In this report, walkability is measured on a 100-point scale and based on the routes people can take on foot to schools, grocery stores, parks, shops and restaurants. Higher scores indicate that residents can run their errands on foot in the area.

The following are America’s top most walkable cities, along with their Walk Score ratings.

10. Philadelphia

Mom with kids in Philadelphia on family walk.
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Walkability score for this city: 74.8 out of 100 points

Philadelphia is consistently described as one of the most walkable cities and, according to the Philadelphia Convention & Visitors Bureau, this is partially because of the city founder William Penn’s grid street plan.

There are experiences to enjoy from block to block and lots of shopping and food in between.

9. Oakland, California

Oakland, California
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Walkability score for this city: 75.3 out of 100 points

Oakland has 85 pedestrian-accessible underpasses, and the city says creating even more walkable space continues to be a priority.

Homes.com describes the area as having lots of public art and greenery, and natural areas that offer recreation, making it even more enjoyable for pedestrians.

8. Newark, New Jersey

Downtown Newark, New Jersey
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Walkability score for this city: 75.9 out of 100 points

According to Walk Score, most errands can be accomplished on foot in this city. Its most walkable neighborhoods include North Ironbound, Seventh Avenue and Newark Central Business District. In the downtown area, residents can live, work and play without ever having to hop in a car.

7. Miami

Miami Beach
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Walkability score for this city: 76.6 out of 100 points

You may know Miami for its nightlife, beaches and luxury hotels. You’ve probably heard of the city’s Little Havana neighborhood and the Miami Heat basketball team. Its downtown area is its most walkable spot, and every month some major roads are closed off to cars so pedestrians can rule the streets.

6. Washington, D.C.

Washington, D.C.
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Walkability score for this city: 76.7 out of 100 points

Washington, D.C., has “exceptional planning and engineering,” leading it to be a very walkable community with renowned public transportation. Ninety-six percent of its population lives within either a quarter-mile of a bus stop or a half-mile of a rail station, making car-free living that much easier.

5. Chicago

Chicago Riverfront
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Walkability score for this city: 77.2 out of 100 points

Chicago earns its high walkability score from a pedestrian-friendly downtown area and numerous walkable neighborhoods that are linked by public transportation. The city has an easy-to-navigate grid pattern, wide sidewalks and lots of crosswalks.

Exploring further out in this sprawling metro area may require a car, though.

4. Boston

Boston, Massachusetts
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Walkability score for this city: 82.8 out of 100 points

As such an old city, considered by some to be the birthplace of the American Revolution, Boston was designed to be walkable. A 2.5-mile path, called the Freedom Trail, takes pedestrians past 16 of its historic sites. The cobblestone and brick streets of its historic districts add to its charm.

3. Jersey City, New Jersey

Jersey City, New Jersey
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Walkability score for this city: 86.6 out of 100 points

Jersey City has pedestrian-friendly streets and bike paths. Tree-lined historic districts offer shade and numerous green spaces on the West Side promote recreational rambling. Pedestrians can take scenic strolls, take a walk to complete their errands or enjoy wandering to local shops and restaurants.

2. New York City

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Walkability score for this city: 88.0 out of 100 points

When you think of New York City, it’s likely you picture people walking. The combination of dense urban amenities and excellent public transportation makes walking everywhere easy.

The island of Manhattan has lots of shopping and restaurants in a small area, and boroughs such as Brooklyn, Queens and Staten Island offer wide sidewalks for pedestrians to enjoy.

1. San Francisco

San Francisco, California
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Walkability score for this city: 88.7 out of 100 points

The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency says this city was made for walking — and improvements continue to make this the most walkable city in the U.S. A plethora of improvement projects for safer streets are ongoing, and crosswalks, pedestrian zones, red visibility curbs and wide sidewalks are all weaved into the infrastructure.

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