The Most Walkable City In The US

Surprisingly enough, it’s not New York City. Readers of USA Today have sent in their votes and created a list of the top ten walkable cities in the United States. Aside from public opinion, the organization also sought the help of a panel of travel experts to help narrow down options. 

This said panel started by creating a list of the 20 most walkable cities filled with hotels, restaurants, and attractions. From there, the readers then voted for their top picks for the month. Surprisingly, New York City is only number seven. Philadelphia wins the award beating California, Missouri, Florida, and many others. 

Philadelphia’s win can be attributed to being one of the larger cities with the fewest cars per person. Additionally, it is also one of the few cities that have less traffic. “This award confirms what we already knew about Philadelphia—it is an accessible destination that is easy to navigate on foot, from river to river,” Gregg Caren, president and CEO of the Philadelphia Convention and Visitors Bureau stated. 

For reference, the top ten most walkable cities are: 

  1. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  2. Long Beach, California
  3. St. Louis, Missouri
  4. Minneapolis, Minnesota
  5. St. Augustine, Florida
  6. Boston, Massachusetts
  7. New York City, New York
  8. Seattle, Washington
  9. Chicago, Illinois
  10. Washington, D.C.

Image credit: Lavdrim Mustafi

Newest 2
Newest 2 Comments

As a resident of Florida for my 50 years, I'm going to call 'Shenanigans' on any city from this state appearing on that list, never mind the #5 spot. St.Augustine might be considered because the handful of tourist destinations are within a few blocks of your hotel, but if you live in the city and want to go to school or buy food from somewhere that is not a dollar store or a corner liquor store, then a car is an absolute requirement.Meanwhile, I've known many a New Yorker who did not own a car their entire life until they retired and moved down here. Just this spring I visited DC and spent a week using the Metro. That city knows walkability and public transportation. Visited dozens of tourist spots miles apart; only used Uber once and I was jealous of the commuters who could sit, relax, and scroll social media while going to work, versus dodging the swerving driver next to me on I95.... who was scrolling social media.
Abusive comment hidden. (Show it anyway.)
Login to comment.

Email This Post to a Friend
"The Most Walkable City In The US"

Separate multiple emails with a comma. Limit 5.


Success! Your email has been sent!

close window

This website uses cookies.

This website uses cookies to improve user experience. By using this website you consent to all cookies in accordance with our Privacy Policy.

I agree
Learn More