Sunday, August 3, 2008


How "walkable" is your neighborhood? 'Tis a good question in light of the high gas prices and warming planet. You can find out how your neighborhood rates here. (Hat tip to Offspring #2 for the website.)

When you type in an address, the site comes up with a "walk score", which is a number between 0 and 100. Here's what they say about interpreting the numbers:

90–100 = Walkers' Paradise: Most errands can be accomplished on foot and many people get by without owning a car.
70–89 = Very Walkable: It's possible to get by without owning a car.
50–69 = Somewhat Walkable: Some stores and amenities are within walking distance, but many everyday trips still require a bike, public transportation, or car.
25–49 = Car-Dependent: Only a few destinations are within easy walking range. For most errands, driving or public transportation is a must.
0–24 = Car-Dependent (Driving Only): Virtually no neighborhood destinations within walking range. You can walk from your house to your car!

Soooo.... I plugged a few addresses (including my own). Here's how they look:

RevSS: 85! After visiting her on Friday and walking around her cool neighborhood, I knew she would do well.

Offspring #1: 69! Not bad! She really can walk to pretty much whatever she needs. (And she only missed the next higher category by one point.)

Me: 25! Sigh. That's low, but not a surprise. Thank goodness my neighborhood is very bike friendly!

Dust Bunny: 9! Uh oh. Although her "in the cellar" score is made more palatable by her nice view overlooking the valley. :)

How does YOUR neighborhood stack up?
(I'm thinking Processing Counselor in NYC has a good shot at being the "winner"!)

got the picture of those happy toes from here


Hot Cup Lutheran said...

ooh that was fun... not surprised that boonieville is a 38 - actually the score is higher than i imagined! (even tho it counted the local bar as a restaurant...hee hee)

Barbara B. said...

Well, if your local bar serves pretzels, guess that counts! :)

Diane said...

Our neighborhood got a 71. Not great, not bad. We are blessed to lived within a couple of blocks of a beautiful park and wetlands area, and we can walk to coffee shops, but it would be great to have a book store a little closer by.

Ruth Hull Chatlien said...

My subdivision got a 6, which is abysmal. However, their information is not up-to-date. A Super Walmart just opened half a mile from my house, which would change the score on many counts. (Yes, I know the issues with WalMart, but I'm just talking about walkability for the moment.)

Barbara B. said...

diane, coffee shop WITH book store is the IDEAL combination! :)

ruth, I agree... walmart issues aside, that definitely would raise your walkability score.

Presbyterian Gal said...

A big Twenty Three for my address. Sad, sad, sad.

We are up in the middle of a dry as a popcorn fart, kindlin' ready, canyon, with no place to walk....

Across the street from felons.

Hey! maybe their house would count as a drug store. :(

I wanna move.

Barbara B. said...

"maybe their house would count as a drug store" -- dang, you do dark humor well!!


a move might be really good...

Rev SS said...

tee hee ... love the happy toes ... and feelin' pretty good about high score and good view! And, I'm thinkin' it's time for you to move, PG.

Barbara B. said...

rev ss, yeah high score and gorgeous view! hard to top!

Processing Counselor said...

It's a good thing since I don't have a car! Well, BL has one but we only use it for VERY SPECIAL ocasions!

Jan said...

That was very interesting. My neighborhood is 55.

mompriest said...

My former address in IL is a 22 for walkability.

My current address in AZ is a 9. Guess I tie with Dunstbunny - great view, no place to go...actually.... There is a lot of walking to do here, more than my former place, its just that you don't go anywhere here except for a beautiful walk. That ought to count for something? right?

Barbara B. said...

mompriest, I agree, that DOES count for something! :)

Diane said...

I agree, that does count for something. I'm glad about our wetlands and park areas. and yes, Barb coffee shop and book store. Move back here and we can start a new business :)