Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Top 10 American Cities Where You Can Walk to Work

How many jobs are within a 10-minute walk of your home? Twenty minutes? Streetsblog.org reports on a new study from the University of Minnesota that ranks the 50 largest metro areas in America according to the accessibility by walking of jobs. Researchers measured the number of jobs reachable in a 10-minute walk for the typical worker in each metro. Then they measured how many jobs were reachable within 20, 30, 40, 50, and 60 minutes. To create the city rankings, those figures were weighted to emphasize the potential for short-distance walk commutes.

For example, in New York City, about 5,000 jobs are within a 10-minute walk of the average residence. In Birmingham, the numbers drop to 180 jobs. Here are the ten top-ranking cities:
  1. New York
  2. San Francisco
  3. Los Angeles
  4. Chicago
  5. Washington
  6. Seattle
  7. Boston
  8. Philadelphia
  9. San Jose
  10. Denver

You can check other major cities at the link. Seattle comes in at number 15.

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