When it comes to living car-free, there are some cities that make it easier to get around than others. And 24/7 Wall St. has put together a list of the top 10 U.S. cities to live in if you don’t have a car.
Using a series of “walkability” factors, this list was populated by how close people could access amenities if they didn’t have a car. These daily conveniences included such things as groceries, shopping, schools and entertainment options that were nearby and within easy reach on foot or by bike. As well, urban areas that have a highly developed public transit system ranked higher, as did communities that have a well-established bicycle community.
To compile the list, 24/7 Wall St. looked at the 100 largest metropolitan areas in the U.S. Factors that came into play included neighborhoods that provided public transit, how often public transit came to these neighborhoods and the number of jobs that were reachable within 90 minutes or less by public transit. Also factored into the results was each city’s “walk score,” which represents how accessible amenities are for residents that have to hoof it.
Hit the jump for the list of cities that made it onto the top 10. You’re in for a few surprises:
1. San Francisco-Oakland-Fremont, CA
2. Portland-Vancouver-Beaverton, OR-WA
3. New York-Northern New Jersey-Long Island, NY-NJ-PA
4. Honolulu, HI
5. Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA
6. San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA
7. Denver-Aurora, CO
8. Salt Lake City, UT
9. Los Angeles-Long Beach-Santa Ana, CA
10. Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA-NH