A new study that measures walkability found that Dixon the most walkable city in Solano County and slightly more walkable than Davis.
Dixon received a walkability score of 52 in a study conducted by an organization called Walk Score, which released its findings Wednesday. That's nearly the median score for cities in California.
Dixon's score is 10 points higher than Vacaville and two points higher than Davis. As for the rest of Solano County: Suisun City received a 43, Vallejo received a 46, Benicia a 47, and a 41 for Fairfield. Rio Vista wasn't included in the study.
Walk Score aims to promote walkable neighborhoods as a solution for the environment, personal health and economic vitality. Scores are determined based on amenities such as grocery stores, restaurants, schools, parks, public transit, and more.
“With rising gas prices, Americans are looking for alternatives to long commutes and driving around town to complete their errands,” said Walk Score CEO Josh Herst in a release. “America’s most walkable cities and neighborhoods make it easy for residents to leave their cars at home more often. The latest real estate trends show that homes and apartments in walkable areas are in higher demand and are worth more than their less-walkable counterparts.”
Walk Score’s goal is to get "walkability" added to property listings, so that people can easily evaluate walkability and transportation of a home when choosing where to live.
“An American family living in a house that is accessible only by car is spending on average 25 percent of their income on cars,” said Christopher Leinberger, Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution. “Households in walkable communities spend less than half that amount, putting more money in their pockets.”
Check out a full list of California cities at this website. You can also vote on what cities you think are the most walkable.
Here are the Top 10 large cities in the country, in terms of walkability.
- New York
- San Francisco
- Washington, DC