Watching the Web:

How walkable is your neighborhood?  How walkable is the area surrounding your business?  What makes a neighborhood walkable?, a web resource that has scored thousands of neighborhoods across the U.S., has the answers.  Scores are assigned with values ranging from 0 to 100 based on the following criteria listed on the website:

  • A center: walkable neighborhoods have a center, whether it’s a main street or a public space.
  • People: enough people for businesses to flourish and for public transit to run frequently.
  • Mixed income, mixed use: affordable housing located near businesses.
  • Parks and public space: plenty of public places to gather and play.
  • Pedestrian design: buildings are close to street, parking lots are relegated to back.
  • Schools and workplaces: close enough that most residents can walk from their homes.
  • Complete streets: streets designed for bicyclists, pedestrians, and transit.

The higher the score, the more walkable the neighborhood.  Neighborhoods are then classified by type:

Walk Score Type Description
90-100 Walker’s Paradise Daily errands do not require car
70-89 Very Walkable Most errands can be accomplished on foot
50-69 Somewhat Walkable Some amenities within walking distance
25-49 Car-Dependent A few amenities within walking distance
0-24 Car-Dependent Almost all errands require a car

Would your business thrive in a more walkable neighborhood or a more car dependent neighborhood? How does the walkability of a neighborhood affect your site selection?  GeoMetrx allows you to evaluate locations on a wide variety of included data as well as allowing you to upload your proprietary data and additional outside data as well; we are here to help you in mapping your success!

For a full list of walkability scores by city along with an interactive map click here.