WEST HOLLYWOOD (CBS) — West Hollywood officials Monday hailed the city’s ranking as the “most walkable city” in California and fourth-best in the nation in a survey that also placed Santa Monica and Culver City in the top 20 nationally for being walking-friendly.
The ratings by Seattle-based Walk Score gave West Hollywood a ranking of 89.4, a score indicating that residents are generally able to carry out most daily errands on foot.
“West Hollywood residents and visitors alike appreciate the safe and friendly atmosphere and the ability to get around without ever getting inside of a car,” said Brad Burlingame, president and CEO of the West Hollywood Marketing & Visitors Bureau.
Santa Monica placed 12th nationally with a score of 81.9, while Culver City checked in at number 20, with a ranking of 79.
“With rising gas prices, Americans are looking for alternatives to long commutes and driving around town to complete their errands,” according to Walk Score CEO Josh Herst. “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.”
The most walkable cities in the country were both in New Jersey — Hoboken and Union City — which tied with a top score of 92.2.
The listing ranked 2,500 cities and ranked them on a scale of 0-100, with cities in the 90-100 range deemed “Walkers’ Paradise.”
A complete listing of the rankings is available on the group’s website, www.walkscore.com.
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