Understanding Walkable Scores

Dated: 10/03/2014

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walkscore_248Walkable neighborhoods offer surprising benefits to the environment, our health, our finances, and our communities. Walk Score is a number between 0 and 100 that measures the walkability of any address. Many of Denver's urban neighborhoods have high Walk Scores!It's easy to find the Walk Score of any property on our site. Simply click on the Walk Score tab at the top right corner of every listings detail page.walkscoreexample_510


90–100: Walker's Paradise — Daily errands do not require a car.
70–89: Very Walkable — Most errands can be accomplished on foot.
50–69: Somewhat Walkable — Some amenities within walking distance.
25–49: Car-Dependent — A few amenities within walking distance.
0–24: Car-Dependent — Almost all errands require a car.
Environment: Cars are a leading cause of climate change. Your feet are zero-pollution transportation machines.Health: The average resident of a walkable neighborhood weighs 7 pounds less than someone who lives in a sprawling neighborhood.1Finances: One point of Walk Score is worth up to $3,000 of value for your property. Read the research report.Communities: Studies show that for every 10 minutes a person spends in a daily car commute, time spent in community activities falls by 10%.3

walkwithdog_1442FOR EXAMPLE:

One-Mile Walk in a Compact Neighborhood: A one-mile walk in Denver's West Highland takes you through a grid-like street network with a mix of residences and businesses.One-Mile Walk in a Sprawling Suburb: A one-mile walk in Highlands Ranch with cul-de-sacs and winding streets has few shops and services within walking distance.


  • A center: Walkable neighborhoods have a center, whether it's a main street or a public space.
  • People: Enough people for businesses to flourish and for public transit to run frequently.
  • Mixed income, mixed use: Affordable housing located near businesses.
  • Parks and public space: Plenty of public places to gather and play.
  • Pedestrian design: Buildings are close to the street, parking lots are relegated to the back.
  • Schools and workplaces: Close enough that most residents can walk from their homes.
  • Complete streets: Streets designed for bicyclists, pedestrians, and transit.


38% of Denver residents have a Walk Score of 70 or above. Denver's most walkable neighborhoods are Lodo, Golden Triangle, Capitol Hill. Denver's least walkable neighborhoods are Stapleton, Gateway-Green Valley Ranch, Southwestern Denver. 80% have a Walk Score of at least 50—and 20% live in Car-Dependent neighborhoods. Learn more about Denver's walkability.Content from WalkScore.comLearn how Walk Score works.


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Carolann Newton

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