Berkeley Strolls into the Top Ranks for Walkability

The city was deemed "very walkable" by Walkscore.com, who ranked the 2,500 largest cities in the nation for their feet-friendliness.

The City of Berkeley is a great place to take a walk, according to an assessment by Walkscore.com. Berkeley ranked as the fifth most walkable city in California, with 82 points overall out of a possible 100. For cities nationwide with populations over 100,000, Berkeley also came in fifth place. 

The "walk score" measures the walkability of an area by awarding points depending on the proximity of various amenities. Berkeley landed in the "very walkable" category, which comprises cities where "most errands can be accomplished on foot." The state average was 50 points.

A total of 2,500 U.S. cities were ranked, and 300 were labelled a "walker's paradise" for scoring above 90, including ten Oakland neighborhoods. Statewide, West Hollywood was deemed most feet friendly, followed by Albany, San Francisco, Santa Monica and then Berkeley.

Walkscore also provides a breakdown by zip code listed on Berkeley's page alongside a map of the city. The highest points were awarded for the 94704 zip code, by the UC Berkeley campus, which scored 88 points.

Zip Code Walk Score Category 94702 81 Very Walkable 94703 83 Very Walkable 94704 88 Very Walkable
94709 84 Very Walkable

According to Walkscore, 94 percent of Berkeley residents have a Walk Score of 70 or above, 100 percent of residents have a Walk Score above the state average and 0 percent live in car-dependent neighborhoods.

Input your address into Walkscore and get a walkability assessment for your particular neighborhood.

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