Atlanta named 20th 'most walkable' city in nation

3:24 PM, Jul 21, 2011   |    comments
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ATLANTA -- Atlanta is in the upper half on a list of the nation's 50 largest cities in terms of walkability, according to Walk Score, a website that promotes walkable neighborhoods.

Atlanta ranks No. 20 on the 2011 list with a walkability score of 52.9.

To come up with the score, Walk Score measures walkability of individual addresses based on proximity to nearby amenities using U.S. Census Bureau data. The score is for the city, not the entire metro area.

Atlanta's most walkable neighborhoods are Atkins Park, Sweet Auburn and Downtown. Atlanta's least walkable neighborhoods are Wildwood Forest, Niskey Lake and Fairway Acres. 

Click here to see a full breakdown of walkability by neighborhood within Atlanta.

Not surprisingly, New York City tops the Walk Score list with a score of 85.3 followed closely by San Francisco with a walk score of 84.9.

Boston, Chicago and Philadelphia round out the top five.

Jacksonville, Fla., is the nation's least walkable large city with a score of 32.6. Charlotte, N.C., Oklahoma City, Okla., Fort Worth, Texas, and Nashville making up the rest of the bottom five.

(Atlanta Business Chronicle)

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