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20 ICLEI U.S.A. Members ranked for walkability

A national trend in the U.S.A. toward more walkable communities has resulted in a ranking of the country’s 30 biggest metropolitan areas by the national think-tank, the Brookings Institution. These 30 biggest metropolitan areas were ranked according to the number of walkable urban places relative to the area’s population. The report set out to quantify the walkability trend by counting the number of ‘regional-serving walkable urban places’ in each of the 30 biggest metropolitan areas in the country. ‘Regional-serving’ means the location is not just a suburban community, but has jobs, retail or cultural institutions that bring in people who don’t live there. The rankings are as follows, with the names of ICLEI Members appearing in bold.
  1. Washington, D.C.
  2. Boston, Massachusetts
  3. San Francisco, California
  4. Denver, Colorado
  5. Portland, Oregon
  6. Seattle, Washington
  7. Chicago, Illinois
  8. Miami, Florida
  9. Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  10. New York, New York
  11. San Diego, California
  12. Los Angeles, California
  13. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  14. Atlanta, Georgia
  15. Baltimore, Maryland
  16. St. Louis, Missouri
  17. Minneapolis, Minnesota
  18. Detroit, Michigan
  19. Columbus, Ohio
  20. Las Vegas, Nevada
  21. Houston, Texas
  22. San Antonio, Texas
  23. Kansas City, Missouri
  24. Orlando, Florida
  25. Dallas, Texas
  26. Phoenix, Arizona
  27. Sacramento, California
  28. Cincinnati, Ohio
  29. Cleveland, Ohio
  30. Tampa, Florida
For more information on walking urbanism from the Brookings Institution, please click here. (www.brookings.edu/topics/walkable-urbanism.aspx) Source: “D.C. the top city in walkability; Tampa, not so much”, Houston Chronicle, 4 December 2007.