There are many different factors to consider when it comes to choosing your new home. Currently, walkability is one of them as the popularity of sprawling auto-dependentsuburbs is waning across certain areas of the country. According to studies, a majority of Americans – 6 in 10 – say that they would prefer to live in walkable neighborhoods, in both cities and suburbs, if they could. This community style shift has new home builders working to give buyers what they want and building planned communities to meet walkability demands.
Walkable neighborhoods are one of the simplest and best solutions for the environment, our health, and our economy. Walkscore.com, the online group that rates walkable neighborhoods, provides detailed data on walkability for 2,500 cities and 6,000 neighborhoods across the United States and is continuously seeing an increase in demand for this type of information. Walk Score calculates the walkability of an address by locating nearby stores, restaurants, schools, parks, etc. Walk Score measures how easy it is to live a lifestyle less car-dependent.
While walkability scores are usually seen as something reserved only for densely urbanized cities, suburban-heavy cities have been investing in more pedestrian-friendly infrastructures. More than just a desired additional amenity, a community’s walkability can be directly related to increases in home values.