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Cambridge and Somerville Most Walkable Cities in Massachusetts

Cambridge and Somerville - Most Walkable MA Cities

Cambridge and Somerville - Most Walkable MA Cities

Cambridge and Somerville Most Walkable Cities in Massachusetts  The popular site Walkscore just came out with its 2011 50 Most Walkable Cities.  Boston was #3 in the country with a Walkscore of 79.2, behind only top ranked New York City (Walkscore of 85.3) and San Francisco (84.9) .

Dig a little deeper, however, and you realize that the Most Walkable Cities list only included big cities – it’s a ranking of the walkability of the 50 largest cities in the US. 

When you look at the Walkscore rankings for Massachusetts you discover that Cambridge is the most walkable city in Massachusetts, followed by Somerville.  Using Walkscore’s methodology (Walkscore has a complicated algorithm meant to measure how easy it is to live without a car.  For the city-wide rankings the scores are weighted for population density throughout the city.) Cambridge and Somerville handily outrank Boston in terms of walkability.  Here’s the ranking of the top five cities in Massachusetts:

  • Cambridge 89
  • Somerville 84
  • Brookline 83
  • Boston 79
  • Everett 77

And here are the 2011 Walkscore rankings for some other towns in Centers and Squares territory:

  • Arlington 67
  • Belmont 63
  • Medford 64
  • Watertown 74 (ranked 6th in Massachusetts)

You have to take Walkscore rankings with a grain of salt – sometimes the amenities included in a location’s ranking are a little funky.  Also, for these aggregate scores realize that some parts of these cities are much more walkable, while other neighborhoods are more removed from shops, schools, etc.

No question though – many real estate buyers are looking for properties in close proximity to shops, restaurants, public transportation, pubs, etc. In a time of high gas prices and traffic congestion the option of living car free is very appealing.  It’s not surprising that Cambridge, Somerville and Brookline continue to be popular with home buyers.

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  1. c.j.Blanda

    Great to hear about whereit is most healthy to live;that would make this important to read for more than just walking, less fumes and emissions for your lungs.

  2. Ari

    Cambridge comes in fourth if you show all cities; these statistics are only for cities over 100,000 (by default, where Cambridge comes top). And if Manhattan was broke out, it would win hands down (obviously). Still, not bad company.

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