Apr 27, 2008

Do you live in a walkable neighborhood or do you think I’ve lost my mind? With today’s gas prices, you should really check if a neighborhood is regarded as walkable before you move.

Walkable Neighborhood

Walk Score is a website that helps people find walkable neighborhoods for free. Walk Score calculates the walkability of an address by locating nearby stores, schools, parks, restaurants, etc.

Once you type in the address, walk score will give you a number result. The higher the score, the more walkable that neighborhood is, while the lower the score means you better have a car.

How Walk Score Works

Walk Score uses a patent-pending system to determine the walkability of an address based on the factors below:
  • The distance from the address to a walkable destination
  • Calculating a score for each location
  • Combining these scores into an easily readable number result

How Walk Score Does Not Work

Walk Score does not take into account the following:
  • Street width and block lengths
  • Safety
  • Pedestrian-friendly
  • Topography (hills)
  • Bodies of water
  • Weather
However, if you are considering moving to another state, plugging the address into the Walk Score website can at least give you something to go by before actually seeing the neighborhood.
Another good use for this website is if you are a walker or a jogger and you would like to find the distance you are walking or want to walk, this is the perfect site for that in most situations.
So, give Walk Score a try and see if you live in a walkable neighborhood.


  1. Cool site...

    I definitely do not live in a walkable neighborhood.

    Nearest store of any kind is a 30 minute walk.

  2. lol, you and me both, Grant! I swear I saw a little green man pop up and laugh hysterically at me when I checked my address. Lots of hills!

  3. My walk score is 45… I was rather upset with it. And I was surprised to know that there is another score called drive score to evaluate my house. I found the way to calculate it online at Fizber site (http://drivescore.fizber.com/ ). I’ve got much better results – 83.



Care to help a new, tired Grandma out with a cup of coffee?