I stumbled across this this week. It's a website called "Walk Score" that approximates the walkability of cities and neighborhoods in the 40 largest cities in the US. A neighborhood's walkability is based on the distance to major amenities like grocery stores, restaurants, schools and parks. The walkability score is determined based on how close one is to these amenities.
Kansas City, as a whole, finished 34th out of the 40 cities that are covered in overall walkability with a score of 44 out of 100 -- besting Memphis, Oklahoma City, Indianapolis, Charlotte, Nashville and Jacksonville.
However, many of Kansas City's older neighborhoods scored extremely well. Here are the top 13 neighborhoods in Kansas City -- with their score (maximum is 100)
Old Westport: 99
Hanover Place: 91
South Plaza: 86
West Plaza: 86
North Hyde Park: 84
Union Hill: 84
I would imagine downtown (which is next on the list at 79) will improve once they get the new downtown grocery store on the list. In total, 24 of Kansas City's 138 neighborhoods scored as VERY Walkable ar as a Walker's paradise.
While Kansas City's overall score is quite low -- largely because of many large areas in the Northland, down south and in the far East -- it is nice to know that Kansas City does have some very walkable neighborhoods -- which are being sought more and more by young professionals and young families.
It also has more than its fair share of suburban style neighborhoods for people who prefer those.
The US's most walkable city? San Francisco.
Hat tip: PSFK.