30 Most-Walkable Cities in Canada, Australia and the U.S.

30 Most-Walkable Cities in Canada, Australia and the U.S.

What do Millennials want? Walkability, according to several reports, including two notable 2014 surveys from the Rockefeller Foundation and the American Planning Association, CityLab.com reported.

The first found that 54 percent of the under-35 generation would consider moving to another city just for a greater ease of getting around. In the same survey, 86 percent said the ability to live and work without a car would be a locational perk. The second survey found much the same results, with respondents saying that whether they live in a small town, small city or large city, walkability matters.

We’re major walking evangelists ourselves and believe that everyone has the right to a safe place to walk. It’s the cheapest form of transportation (and exercise) there is; it’s easy and environmentally friendly and might even help us all live longer. (Several studies have linked daily walking — the faster you go, the better — to a longer lifespan.)

Unfortunately some areas lag behind others in terms of walkability. Whether there’s a lack of infrastructure, safety or development that prevents citizens from walking to home, work and leisure activities, in some places it’s just plain hard to walk. But in cities and towns, walking is a way of life. (Our home city of Chicago is one of these places; yes, even in the winter!)

Top Walkable Cities in the U.S., Australia and Canada

Walkscore.com, a Redfin.com realty website, compiled a list of the BEST cities for walking in the U.S., Australia and Canada based on population (only cities with more than 200,000 residents were considered), as well as distance to amenities, such as grocery stores, and walk-friendly infrastructure.

Without further ado, check out the top 30 most-walkable cities below (and see the full ranking and more on the methods on WalkScore.com).

  1. New York scored 87.6 out of 100 on WalkScore’s walkability measures, making it the world’s most-walkable city
  2. San Francisco scored 83.9 out of 100.
  3. Boston scored 79.5 out of 100.
  4. Vancouver scored 78 out of 100, as Canada’s most-walkable city.walkable city vancouver
  5. Philadelphia scored 76.5 out of 100.
  6. Chicago scored 74.8 out of 100.
  7. Washington D.C. scored 74.1 out of 100.
  8. Toronto scored 71.4 out of 100.
  9. Seattle scored 70.8 out of 100.
  10. Montréal scored 70.4 out of 100.
  11. Baltimore scored 66.2 out of 100.
  12. Los Angeles scored 63.9 out of 100.
  13. Portland scored 62.8 out of 100.
  14. Sydney scored 62.6 out of 100, as Australia’s most-walkable city.family getting active walking down wooden pathway
  15. Milwaukee scored 59.4 out of 100.
  16. Mississauga scored 58.6 out of 100.
  17. Melbourne scored 57 out of 100.
  18. Denver scored 55.7 out of 100.
  19. Ottawa scored 53.9 out of 100.
  20. Adelaide scored 53.6 out of 100.
  21. Winnipeg scored 52.9 out of 100.
  22. Detroit scored 52.2 out of 100.
  23. Brisbane scored 51.2 out of 100.
  24. Edmonton scored 50.9 out of 100.
  25. Perth scored 50.2 out of 100.
  26. San Diego scored 48.5 out of 100
  27. San Jose scored 48.1 out of 100.
  28. Calgary scored 47.9 out of 100.
  29. Houston scored 44.2 out of 100.
  30. Dallas scored 43.6 out of 100.

Do you agree or disagree with this list? Why or why not? Share in the comments below!

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