How Walkable is Your Neighborhood?
Walk Score is a handy web-service that approximates the walkability of addresses and neighborhoods in the 40 largest cities in the US using an alogrithm – you can read about their entire methodology here – that takes into consideration proximity to stores, schools, parks and restaurants while weighing this information against the need for a car. With that in mind, their list of the top ten most walkable cities looks like this:
1. San Francisco 2. New York 3. Boston 4. Chicago 5. Philadelphia 6. Seattle 7. Washington, D.C. 8. Long Beach, Calif. 9. Los Angeles 10. Portland