(NASDAQ: RDFN) -- New York, San Francisco and Boston are the most walkable cities in the U.S. in 2020, according to a new ranking from Redfin (www.redfin.com), the technology-powered real estate brokerage.
Those three cities, along with Philadelphia, Miami, Chicago, Washington, D.C., Seattle and Oakland, have reigned as the nine most walkable in the U.S. for the last five years. Long Beach, CA has been number 10 since it overtook Baltimore in 2016.
The ranking was determined using data from Walk Score(R), a Redfin company that rates the walkability of cities, neighborhoods and addresses. Cities where daily errands do not require a car score 90 points and above, a score of 70 to 89 points means most errands can be accomplished on foot and a score of 50 to 69 indicates that some errands can be completed on foot.
Below is Redfin's latest ranking of the top 10 U.S. cities (with populations of more than 300,000) for walking:
Rank City Walk Score Change in Walk Score from 2017 1 New York, NY 88.3 -0.9 2 San Francisco, CA 87.4 1.3 3 Boston, MA 82.0 1.0 4 Philadelphia, PA 78.8 -0.2 5 Miami, FL 77.6 -1.6 6 Chicago, IL 77.4 -0.4 7 Washington, D.C. 75.9 -1.5 8 Seattle, WA 74.0 0.9 9 Oakland, CA 73.8 1.7 10 Long Beach, CA 72.4 2.5
Biggest Walk Score changes
Since Redfin last published Walk Score rankings in 2017, Miami and Washington, D.C. each lost about 1.5 points, and New York lost about one, but each retained its place in the rankings.
Oakland; Long Beach, CA; Portland, OR and Omaha, which each picked up around two points, had the biggest Walk Score increases since 2017.
"A lot of my homebuying clients seek out walkable neighborhoods in Long Beach because it's a way to get a small-town feeling in a big city. In certain neighborhoods, people run into each other all the time because they're out running errands, walking the dog or keeping an eye on neighborhood kids playing outside," said local Redfin agent Costanza Genoese-Zerbi. "Second Street, Belmont Shore, Belmont Heights, Naples, Alamitos Heights and Belmont Park, all of which are within walking distance of schools, stores, restaurants and parks, have become more and more popular over the last few years."
Baltimore, which lost four points to hit 65, saw the biggest Walk Score decline of any U.S. city. It's followed by Bakersfield, CA and San Antonio, which each dropped three points to 34 and 35, respectively.
To read the full report, please visit: https://www.redfin.com/blog/most-walkable-us-cities-2020.
For a ranking of the most walkable Canadian cities of 2020, visit: https://www.redfin.com/blog/most-walkable-canadian-cities-2020.
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