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Access Across America: Walking 2014

Top 5 accessible by walking cities

About the study

This study estimates the accessibility to jobs by walking in the 50 largest (by population) metropolitan areas in the United States, and is a companion study to our Access Across America: Transit 2014 report.

Rankings are determined by a weighted average of accessibility, giving a higher weight to closer jobs. Jobs reachable within ten minutes are weighted most heavily, and jobs are given decreasing weights as travel time increases up to 60 minutes.

This report presents detailed accessibility values for each metropolitan area, as well as block-level maps which illustrate the spatial patterns of accessibility within each area. A separate publication, Access Across America: Walking 2014 Methodology, describes the data and methodology used in this evaluation.


The Accessibility Observatory is a program of the Center for Transportation Studies and the Department of Civil, Environmental, and Geo- Engineering.