Best and worst walking cities in America


And the winner is… Cambridge, Massachusetts. It’s 2008’s Best Walking City in America, according to a new survey from the American Podiatric Medical Association (APMA) and Prevention magazine. Results show Cambridge has more residents walking to work and more parks per square mile than any other city rated.

This year, more than 500 cities were evaluated and ranked on 14 criteria, including the percentage of adults who walk to work, the number of parks per square mile, the use of mass transit, and the percentage of adults who walk for fitness.

Here are this year’s 10 best and 10 worst walking cities in America according to the new APMA/Prevention study:

10 Best Walking Cities of 2008

  1. Cambridge, MA
  2. New York, NY
  3. Ann Arbor, MI
  4. Chicago, IL
  5. Washington, DC
  6. San Francisco, CA
  7. Honolulu, HI
  8. Trenton, NJ
  9. Boston, MA
  10. Cincinnati, OH

10 Worst Walking Cities of 2008

  1. Oklahoma City, OK
  2. North Las Vegas, NV
  3. Gadsden, AL
  4. Davenport, IA
  5. Mount Pleasant, SC
  6. Enid, OK
  7. Laredo, TX
  8. Springdale, AR
  9. Clarksville, TN
  10. Lafayette, LA

You can see the full rankings of all 500 cities, study criteria… plus the Best Walking City in Each State here. How did your city do?