Whether you're trying to help the environment, or you'd just rather not sit in rush hour traffic for an eternity, walking, biking, or just taking public transit can be a much-needed respite. And if you live in one of the 10 best cities for getting around without a car, well then, lucky you.
WalkScore recently ranked US cities according to walkability, bike-friendliness, and transit-friendliness, and determined which cities are the overall easiest to get navigate without a car. When all the numbers were combined, San Francisco scored highest, edging out second place New York City, only because of its fertile biking ground.
New York City came in second with the highest walk and transit score, and third place Boston had a nice average of all three factors. Although it came in eighth place overall, Minneapolis gets an honorable mention, as it was named the most bike-friendly city. As far as cities where a car is essential, however, Fayetteville NC; Montgomery, AL; and Chesapeake, VA all sat at the bottom of the table.
Check out the top 10 below, and view the complete WalkScore report here for a full breakdown. And then maybe take a walk, just because.
10. Miami (walking: 78.3, transit: 59.4, biking: 59.7)
9. Arlington (walking: 68.4, transit: 58, biking: 71)
8. Minneapolis (walking: 68.2, transit: 57.5, biking: 81.3)
7. Chicago (walking: 77.5, transit: 64.7, biking: 70.2)
6. Philadelphia (walking, 78.3, transit: 66.8, biking: 67.5)
5. Washington D.C. (walking: 77, transit: 70.6, biking: 69.5)
4. Jersey City (walking: 87, transit: 70, biking: 66.3)
3. Boston (walking: 80.7, transit: 74.4, biking: 70.3)
2. New York (walking: 88.9, transit: 84.1, biking: 65.1)
1. San Francisco (walking: 85.7, transit: 80.4, biking: 75.1)
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