Walk Score

What is a Walk Score? 

Walk Score measures the walkability of any address using a patented system. For each address, Walk Score analyzes hundreds of walking routes to nearby amenities. Points are awarded based on the distance to amenities in each category. Amenities within a 5 minute walk (.25 miles) are given maximum points. A decay function is used to give points to more distant amenities, with no points given after a 30 minute walk.

Walk Score also measures pedestrian friendliness by analyzing population density and road metrics such as block length and intersection density. Data sources include Google, Education.com, Open Street Map, and places added by the Walk Score user community.

Walk Score® Description
90–100 Walker's Paradise
Daily errands do not require a car.
70–89 Very Walkable
Most errands can be accomplished on foot.
50–69 Somewhat Walkable
Some errands can be accomplished on foot.
25–49 Car-Dependent
Most errands require a car.
0–24 Car-Dependent
Almost all errands require a car.


A Walk Score is important because:

  • Walkability and public transit are associated with higher home values1
  • Transportation costs are the 2nd largest household expense2
  • Commute time and places to walk are two of the most important criteria for home shoppers3
  • A home's location (location efficiency) is often more important than the building's energy efficiency4
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