Start walking more, everything is close in Richmond

walkRichmond is the fourth most walkable city in the nation – if you believe walkscore.com, which ranks cities and neighborhoods based on proximity to stores, restaurants and other establishments.

Walk Score gives Richmond a walkability score of 78. By comparison, the top three cities ranked by Walk Score are San Francisco, New York and Boston, with scores of 86, 83 and 79, respectively.

Richmond’s score of 78 would be good for fourth on the list. Unfortunately, the website only ranks the 40 largest cities in the United States, so Richmond is not included.

Still, Richmond’s score tops that of large cities like Chicago, Philadelphia, and Washington, D.C.

You can read a full explanation of Walk Score’s scoring system here.

Scores between 70-89 are deemed as “very walkable,” with the idea being that you can get by without owning a car.

But what do you think? Does the score seem right? Is Richmond really a more walkable city than Philadelphia or D.C? And is it possible to get by without owning a car here?

Alec Depcrynski walks to his car. Then he drives home. Please send story tips to [email protected].

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