DC ranks among most walkable cities in nation

If you want to ditch the car and take a stroll, D.C. is one of the easiest places to do so, according to a new report.

The study titled “Foot Traffic Ahead,” led by the Center for Real Estate and Urban Analysis, looked at the nation’s 30 largest metro areas, ranking D.C. as the fourth most walkable city in 2018, behind New York, Boston and Denver.

Findings in the report were based on access to office, retail and rental multifamily occupied squared footage relative to the metro region as a whole.

According to the study, metro areas like Bethesda, Arlington, Reston and Silver Spring are urbanizing their suburbs, which contributed to the ranking.

When looking at social equity, D.C. came in second place, just behind New York City, according to the report. The study’s authors called this finding, “counterintuitive” considering the high costs of rent, but credited more diverse and less expensive transportation options for the ranking.

In the 2016 report, D.C. ranked second place and in the 2014 report, D.C. ranked first among most walkable cities.

The metro regions with the most walkable urban real estate in the office, retail, and rental multifamily product types, as measured by occupied square footage in 2018, are:

  1. New York City
  2. Denver
  3. Boston
  4. Washington, DC
  5. San Francisco Bay Area
  6. Chicago
  7. Pittsburgh
  8. Seattle
  9. Atlanta
  10. Charlotte
  11. Philadelphia
  12. Cincinnati
  13. Portland
  14. Minneapolis-St. Paul
  15. Cleveland
  16. St. Louis
  17. Baltimore
  18. Kansas City
  19. Sacramento
  20. Los Angeles
  21. Dallas-Ft. Worth
  22. Houston
  23. Detroit
  24. Miami
  25. San Diego
  26. Tampa
  27. Orlando
  28. San Antonio
  29. Phoenix
  30. Las Vegas

See the report in its entirety here.

Valerie Bonk

Valerie Bonk started working at WTOP in 2016 and has lived in Howard County, Maryland, her entire life. She's thrilled to be a reporter for WTOP telling stories on air. She works as both a television and radio reporter in the Maryland and D.C. areas. 

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