Quick Tip: Walk Score

>> Monday, October 5, 2009

In the market for a new house? Wouldn't you love to live in a walkable neighborhood?

Enter an address at Walk Score, and they will calculate the walkability of that neighborhood based on the proximity to stores, restaurants, schools, and parks on a scale of 0 to 100 (0 being Driving Only and 100 being a Walkers' Paradise).

Even if you're not planning a move, it's fun to try out your own address in Walk Score to test the walkability of your neighborhood. You might discover that you're closer to more stores and restaurants than you think. Maybe it will convince you to walk more!

Our current house gets a Walk Score of 72 out of 100: Very Walkable.

How does your house score?

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Carrie October 5, 2009 at 9:36 PM  

my house scores pretty well but it counts the karate school as a school and the liquor store as a grocery store so i don't really think it's a useful score.

Erin aka Conscious Shopper October 5, 2009 at 9:38 PM  

@Carrie - Lol! Yeah, Walk Score itself admits that the score is only useful to a point and the best way to tell if a neighborhood is walkable is to actually go there and walk around. But I still think it's fun to know.

Steph @ Greening Families October 6, 2009 at 2:28 PM  

Thanks for the info! We are thinking about moving, in large part to decrease our driving time, so this is exceedingly helpful.

Erin aka Conscious Shopper October 7, 2009 at 8:26 PM  

@Steph - Glad I could help! If you end up moving, you should also check out my Big Green Move Checklist over at the Green Phone Booth. It's been really helpful to me in my own recent move.


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