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Walk Score names New York City, San Francisco and Boston most walkable US cities

30,000 sites display company's neighborhood ratings

Amid growing evidence that consumers highly value neighborhood walkability, Walk Score has released its 2014 rankings of the most "walkable" U.S. cities, with New York City (Walk Score: 87.6), San Francisco (83.9) and Boston (79.5) claiming the top three spots. The next seven cities on the top 10 list are: Philadelphia (Walk Score: 76.5), Miami (75.6), Chicago (74.8), Washington, D.C. (74.1), Seattle (70.8), Oakland (68.5) and Baltimore (66.2). As real estate sites increasingly weave Walk Scores into their sites, evidence suggests that many buyers and renters may be paying close attention to them. Sixty percent of respondents to a recent survey conducted by National Association of Realtors (NAR) said they favored a mixed-use, walkable neighborhood rather than one in which they would be more dependent on driving. The affinity for walkability is even higher among millennials, according to Walk Score. Seventy percent believe walkability is important or vital when deci...