Seattle is the nation’s sixth-most walkable city, according to Seattle-based Walk Score, a website that rates cities on how walkable they are.
New York is the country’s most walkable city, according to Walk Score, followed by San Francisco, Boston, Chicago and Philadelphia.
Walk Score ranks cities from zero to 100 based on a resident’s proximity to stores, restaurants, schools and other services.
|90–100||Walker’s Paradise — Daily errands do not require a car.|
|70–89||Very Walkable — Most errands can be accomplished on foot.|
|50–69||Somewhat Walkable — Some amenities within walking distance.|
|25–49||Car-Dependent — A few amenities within walking distance.|
|0–24||Car-Dependent — Almost all errands require a car|
In Seattle, the highest-ranked neighborhoods, according to Walk Score, are:
1. Denny Triangle — 98.
2. South Lake Union — 97.
3. Belltown — 97.
4. Cascade — 95.
5. Ballard — 94.
6. First Hill — 94.
7. Downtown — 93.
8. University District — 92.
9. Waterfront — 92.
10. Capitol Hill — 91.
Of Seattle’s 103 neighborhoods ranked by Walk Score, Rainier View has the lowest score, at 22.
Here’s a link to the Seattle neighborhood Walk Score rankings.
Seattle is the state’s best city for walking, according to Walk Score, with an overall Walk Score of 74. Tacoma ties with Kirkland for next best, at 59. Frederickson, south of Tacoma, has the state’s worst Walk Score average, at 12.