If you’re thinking about buying a home, you’ve probably noticed Walk ScoreⓇ in listings. But where does that number come from? And what exactly does it mean?
Walk Score is a company that says: “Walk Score’s mission is to promote walkable neighborhoods. Walkable neighborhoods are one of the simplest and best solutions for the environment, our health, and our economy.”
Now part of Redfin, Walk Score was originally incubated at Front Seat.
For homebuyers, Walk Score is a great tool to help consider where you want to live. Here’s what the scores translate to:
90-100: Walker’s Paradise. Daily errands don’t require a car.
70-89: Very Walkable. Most errands can be accomplished on foot.
50-69: Somewhat Walkable. Some errands can be accomplished on foot.
25-49: Car-Dependent. Most errands require a car.
0-24: Car-Dependent. Almost all errands require a car.
Curious about the methodology that assigns a score? So were we! Here’s what we found out.
Using a patented system, Walk Score looks at hundreds of walking routes from an address to various amenities. Points are awarded based on the distance to amenities by category.
A 5-minute walk (.25 miles) gets the max points. Points decrease until the 30-minute walk mark, when no points are given.
Walk Score also looks at population density and road characteristics like block length and intersection density.
All of this data adds up to useful information when you’re looking at a home.
When you get really interested in a home, consider going to walkscore.com and typing in the address. Here, you’ll get a breakdown of the categories that make up the address’s score. You’ll also see more information, including Transit Score, Bike Score, Crime Grade, and more information and maps of the area.
Here’s what we learned about our Seattle HQ using the site.