New York is the most walkable of America’s 50 largest cities, and Jacksonville, Fla., is the least, according to the latest rankings compiled by Walk Score.
Walk Score uses an algorithm that generates a walkability score based on the accessibility of attractions and services like restaurants, shopping, schools, parks and libraries.
The algorithm can generate a walkability score for an individual address based on its proximity to nearby amenities. To rank cities and neighborhoods, Walk Score samples the walkability of individual city blocks, weighting grid points by population density so that rankings reflect where people actually live.
Cities and neighborhoods are ranked on a scale of one to 100, with locations scoring between 90 and 100 considered to be a "Walkers’ Paradise."
Walk Score estimates more than 10,000 websites are now using Walk Score’s neighborhood data, up 250 percent from a year ago.
A widget is a software module that can be posted to a personalized Web page. The Walk Score widget allows users to look for home apartment rentals that are walkable according to the site’s measurements.