• New York ranked no. 1 for the best performance of its transit score by AllTransit.
  • AllTransit breaks down a city's commuter and transit score on a granular level, looking at census blocks and data ranging from health to economy.
  • San Francisco, D.C. and Chicago also made the list, ranking no. 2, no. 4 and no. 6, respectively.

Finding the perfect place to call home for city dwellers goes well beyond the structure they are purchasing. Access to transit and commute time are often top concerns for homebuyers in major cities, making knowledge of the local transit information as important as ever for agents.

AllTransit by the Center for Neighborhood Technology (CNT) is a database with transit information collected from 805 transit agencies in regions with a population of at least 100,000. Going well beyond the number of transit stops in a certain neighborhood, the platform measures by jobs, economy, health, equity, transit quality and mobility.

And it gets even deeper than that.

The platform measures access to jobs within a 30-minute transit ride, jobs within a half-mile of a transit stop, total commuters, cost as a percentage of income in the area, bike commuters and more. The scores are broken down by Census Block Groups, each of which is given and overall AllTranist Performance Score.


New York City ranked no. 1 with a score of 9.6, with 58.56 percent of commuters using transit regularly.

On average, households in NYC have 11,379 trips on the transit system each week within a half-mile. Residents of New York typically have access to 18 different transit routes within a half-mile radius, and there are 1,346,701 jobs within a 30-minute transit commute.

Ranking no. 2, San Francisco scored just a smidge lower at 9.59, with 35.39 percent of its commuters using the local transit system. There are 25 transit routes for residents within a half-mile radius.

The average neighborhood block in San Francisco is four acres within a half-mile of transit. About 4.09 percent of commuters who live within a half-mile of transit commute by bicycle, and 11.04 percent walk to work.

Boston ranked no. 4 on the list, and Washington D.C. rounded out the top five with a score of 9.34.

D.C. has a population of 633,736 and 267,415 households. Commuters in the city take about 8,301 transit trips per week within a half-mile. The 39.94 percent of commuters who use tranist have access to 680,241 jobs within a 30-minute trip.

There are 307,935 total commuters in D.C., and 232,171 commuter households have access to an employer within a 30-minute transit trip.

Chicago was the lone city representing the Midwest. Scoring 9.14 with a population of 2,712,997 and 1,028,502 households, there are 10 transit routes in Chicago within a half-mile of residents, and 6,026 transit trips are taken each week.

There are 535,338 jobs accessible within a 30-minute commute in Chicago and 1,166,037 commuters who live within a half-mile of a transit stop. While residents may have to spend a little more time in transit, there are a total of 1,299,937 jobs within a half-mile of transit.

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