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    What is a “Walk Score” and why Should it Matter?


    The rain has arrived!  It’s time to break out the umbrella (if you’re willing to run the risk of being called out as a non-native!), rain boots, and your raincoat, and explore the eclectic and unique neighborhoods that make Portland, well … Portland!

    According to Walk Score, a company that ranks walkability, Portland rates in the top 30 Walk Scores of all major US cities!  It should also come as no surprise that it rates Number 3 in bikeablity sandwiched between San Francisco at number 2 and Denver at number 4.

    So what exactly is a “Walk Score” you ask?  The Walk Score is a measure of how easy it is to walk from any given address to nearby amenities, on a scale of 0 to 100. Scores between 90 and 100 indicate that daily errands do not require a car, while scores between 70 and 89 indicate that most errands can be done on foot. The 141 cities Walk Score rate with a population of 200,000 or greater have an average Walk Score of 48. Portland comes in at a very impressive average score of 63.9 with many of the neighborhoods rating at the coveted “Walker’s’ Paradise” designation.  Such notable standouts include: Northwest District with a Walk Score of 92, Hollywood coming in at 91, and Sunnyside at 91.

    Walk Score also notes that walkability can be related to real estate values.

    In cities where the Walk Score is above average, homes can get a value boost of between $4,000 and $34,000 compared to a similar home in an area with below-average walkability. A high Walk Score can similarly increase office and retail values.

    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, the U.S. Census, Localeze, and places added by the Walk Score user community.

    Are you curious to know what your neighborhood’s walk score is? Are you considering a move and the walkability of the area is important to you? Visit here to find out exactly where you stand (or rather “walk”!).

    When you’re ready to make a move, give high gas prices the “boot”, and get hyper-local, just let me know! Let’s go for a walk work to find the right neighborhood for you!

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