Most Walkable Cities in the US, Canada, and Australia

A city’s walkability is important for those whose primary mode of transportation is their own two feet. Even if you’re not getting your 10,000 steps a day from walking around your city, it’s nice to have the option of walking to a grocery store located just a few blocks away. The most walkable cities in the US also tend to have the healthiest residents. Yet not every city is set up in a way that promotes walking. The walk score of major cities in the US, Canada, and Australia vary based on factors like “walking distance to amenities, population density, and road metrics such as block length and intersection density.” We’ll highlight the 10 best walkable cities in the US along with the least walkable cities and the other ways to sort the map (by transit and bike score) below.

View Most Walkable Cities in the US in a full screen map

The map was made using data we gathered from Walk Score. Walk Score identified the walkability of over 140 major cities in the U.S., Canada, and Australia. Plotted on a map, you can visualize data trends like which coast is home to a majority of the 10 best walkable cities in the US.

The 10 Best Walkable Cities in the US

City officials know enhancing the walkability of their cities improves the health of current residents and may even attract more. After all, why would anyone not want to live in one of the most walkable US cities? However, the following 10 cities don’t need to make massive to increase walkability. Other cities may even want to take notes from the 10 most walkable US cities.

  1. New York, New York
  2. San Francisco, California
  3. Jersey City, New Jersey
  4. Boston, Massachusetts
  5. Newark, New Jersey (tied with Philadelphia)
  6. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (tied with Newark)
  7. Miami, Florida
  8. Chicago, Illinois
  9. Washington D.C.
  10. Seattle, Washington

When it comes to the most walkable cities, New York, New York is #1. Based on “walking distance to amenities, population density, and road metrics such as block length and intersection density,” New York, New York scores 88.3 out of a possible 100, the highest walk score of any city in the U.S. (and Canada and Australia). New York, New York’s walk score, along with all the other cities with a walk score of 70-89, indicates “most errands can be accomplished on foot.”

On the opposite end of the country, San Francisco, California earns second place of the most walkable cities in the US with a walk score of 87.4. Looking at the map, you may notice the most walkable cities in the US are nearly all located on one U.S. coast or another. However, the East Coast, specifically the Northeast, is most concentrated with walkable cities.

Throw a stone from Washington Square Park and you could hit three of the 10 most walkable cities in the US: the aforementioned New York City, Jersey City, New Jersey (walk score of 86.8), and Newark, New Jersey (78.8). Add in the Northeastern cities of Boston, Massachusetts (82), Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (78.8), and Washington, D.C. (75.9) and over 50% of the best walkable cities are located in the Northeast. Miami, Florida is another Eastern coastal city (albeit a Southern one) with a top walk score of 77.6.

Far, far away, previously discussed San Francisco, California and Seattle, Washington (74) represent the West Coast in the 10 most walkable cities in the US. That leaves Chicago, Illinois (77.4) as the one city in the top 10 not located on a coast. But, you know what they say, Chicago is referred to as the “Third Coast”. With all the most walkable US cities located along coasts, we wonder where the least walkable cities in America are located.

Least Walkable Cities in America

We’ve discussed the most walkable cities in the US. Now it’s time to kick back and put your feet up just like those in the least walkable cities in America do.

  1. Chesapeake, Virginia
  2. Fayetteville, North Carolina
  3. Winston-Salem, North Carolina
  4. Jacksonville, Florida
  5. Montgomery, Alabama
  6. Charlotte, North Carolina
  7. Anchorage, Alaska
  8. Gilbert, Arizona (tied with Nashville-Davidson)
  9. Nashville-Davidson, Tennessee (tied with Gilbert)
  10. Durham, North Carolina (tied with Henderson)
  11. Henderson, Nevada (tied with Durham)

Chesapeake, Virginia is the worst of the least walkable cities in the US (and Canada and Australia). Its walk score is just (21), making it a “car-dependent” city in which “almost all errands require a” vehicle. Not too far behind Chesapeake are two North Carolinian cities: Fayetteville (21.4) and Winston-Salem (23.4). These are the second and third least walkable cities in America though they aren’t from North Carolina to appear on the least walkable list. In fact, four out of the 11 least walkable cities are located in North Carolina, including Charlotte (26.3) and Durham (29).

Overall, cities in the Southeastern US appear to be the least walkable. Seven out of 11 of the least walkable cities are located in the Southeast, which includes the five cities in North Carolina. Additional Southeastern cities are Jacksonville, Florida (25.7), Montgomery, Alabama (26.1), and Nashville-Davidson, Tennessee (28.3). Rounding out the least walkable cities are two Southwestern outliers: Gilbert, Arizona (28.3) and Henderson, Nevada (29) along with Anchorage, Alaska (27.8). In addition to the best walkable cities in the US and the least walkable cities, there are other ways to sort the map.

Other Ways to Sort the Map: Transit & Bike Score

While a map displaying the walk score of more than 140 major cities in the US, Canada, and Australia is chock-full of fascinating insights, there are also other ways to sort the map. These include how each of the 140 cities fares in transit and biking.

Transit Score

Interestingly enough, the cities that score the best on transit scores are the same cities with the best walk scores. These familiar names include New York, New York (#1 in transit with a score of 84.3) and San Francisco, California (#2 in transit with a score of 80.3). Other top transit cities in the US are Boston, Washington D.C., Jersey City, Philadelphia, Chicago, Newark, and Seattle, all of which were among the most walkable cities. However, a city not included in the best walkable cities that has a high transit score is Arlington, Virginia.

Bike Score

As for bikes, New York and San Francisco didn’t quite make the cut. The city with the best bike score is Minneapolis, Minnesota. It scored 83.5 while Portland, Oregon has the second-best bike score of 82.4. Chicago once again pops up near the top as do Denver, San Francisco, Arlington, Boston, Jersey City, Seattle, and New York at #10.

As you can see, it’s possible to group a map by more than just one category. In this case, we were mainly focused on the walk scores of 140 major cities. But our data also included the transit and bike scores of those cities. Instead of just scrapping potentially useful data, you can utilize map grouping to group your custom maps by additional data you happen to already have. You can often get some unexpected insights into the other categories of your data with map grouping. Get started today.

How to Place a Pin on Google Maps & Save

Emojis have become essential for communication in our daily lives. While the most popular emojis help express tone or feeling, the round pushpin indicates something just as important: a location where you’ve been or where you want to go. It also happens to be the unofficial icon of one of the most popular web mapping services, Google Maps.

While most people are familiar with obtaining directions from the mega-mapping platform, users often have questions about how to drop a pin and save it. Attempts to drop a pin in Google Maps may result in a search for nearby places—without the option to save or even label it. But there’s another mapping platform where mapping and saving pins is more intuitive—and it utilizes the Google Maps API for its geocoding process.

Create a Spreadsheet of Locations to Pin

Of course, if you’re looking to place a pin on Google Maps, you must first have a location (or two!) in mind. You can take your desired locations, in the form of a spreadsheet, and easily map and display them on a custom Google Map with the help of BatchGeo. BatchGeo performs everything you need to put a pin or pins on Google Maps in just a few easy steps, as noted below.

  • Add the location of your desired pin(s) to a spreadsheet. Excel, Google Sheets, or any other spreadsheet tool will suffice, as long as you’re able to copy and paste.
  • Dedicate at least one column of your spreadsheet to the location information of your desired pin(s). Any of the following location data will work:
    • Addresses
    • City names
    • State names
    • Postal codes
    • Country names
    • Latitude and longitude coordinates

You can even map landmarks and business names. In fact, most of what you search for in Google Maps can be used in BatchGeo. Now let’s map your locations, whether the Eiffel tower landmark or your sister’s new address in Spain.

Map One or More of Your Pins

Once you have your spreadsheet with your location data, you’re ready to create a pinned map just like the one below.

View Single pin map in a full screen map

To do so:

  1. Open your spreadsheet
  2. Select (Ctrl+A or Cmd+A) and copy (Ctrl+C or Cmd+C) your data
  3. Navigate to in your preferred web browser
  4. Click on the location data box with the example data in it, then paste (Ctrl+V or Cmd+V) your own data. Select “Map Now”
  5. Check to make sure you have the proper location data columns available by clicking “Validate & Set Options”
  6. Select the proper location column from each drop-down
  7. Click “Make Map” and watch as the geocoder performs its process

You can add multiple pins to the same map by adding additional locations to your spreadsheet. With this added data, you may also find it helpful to include more columns of information. One common example is a type column, a way to assign categories to your data. But you could also include separate columns for length, height, etc., depending on your information. After adding additional columns, follow the same steps noted above.

View Multi-pin map in a full screen map

Having multiple locations unlocks the ability to group and filter your map by any additional columns from your spreadsheet. And after you’ve created your map, there are just two things left to do. The first is to save your pins. Then, ultimately, you may wish to share your map.

Save & Share Your Pins on Google Maps

With your pins mapped, you’ll want to ensure you click Save. Once that’s done, you’ll be able to access your map on any device by visiting its custom URL. But your eyes don’t have to be the only ones that get to see your saved map. You may wish to share your pins of locations where you’ve been or where you want to go with friends, family, or followers.

You can share your maps on social media a handful of ways, the easiest being via URL. Copy the URL from your web browser (which always starts with Paste the link into a text to your mom, an email to a buddy, or even a tweet to all your followers. And it’s just as simple to embed your maps into your website’s homepage or blog post with

The Path to Presidency: 2020 Election Results

As Joe Biden ascends the steps of the White House, many are looking back at his path to the United States presidency. How did he beat the incumbent to the highest office in the nation, something that hadn’t been done since Bill Clinton trumped George H. W. Bush in 1992? The electoral votes determined the race, Biden: 306, Trump: 232, but let’s take a look behind those votes in Biden’s road to 270+. Which states were nearly unanimous and how did third parties fare this election cycle? All are shown on the map below.

View 2020 Election in a full screen map

The data is from Wikipedia’s ‘Results by state’ section of the 2020 United States presidential election page. You’re able to sort the map by Ticket & Party, the number of votes, percentage, and electoral votes. Let’s see which states were closest to unanimous in this unprecedented election.

Nearly Unanimous States

The Biden/Harris duo won the 2020 election with 306 electoral votes and 51.31% of the vote. Meanwhile, the Trump/Pence team exits the oval office with 232 electoral votes and 46.86% of the vote. But we wondered which areas of the country leaned more unanimously towards one pair of candidates or the other (or perhaps a third-party?). Find out where in the U.S. below.

State or district Ticket & party %
Washington D.C. Biden/Harris Democratic 92.15%
Nebraska-3 Trump/Pence Republican 75.36%
Wyoming Trump/Pence Republican 69.94%
West Virginia Trump/Pence Republican 68.62%
Vermont Biden/Harris Democratic 66.09%
Massachusetts Biden/Harris Democratic 65.60%
Oklahoma Trump/Pence Republican 65.37%
Maryland Biden/Harris Democratic 65.36%
North Dakota Trump/Pence Republican 65.11%
Idaho Trump/Pence Republican 63.84%

Voters in the nation’s capital, Washington D.C., were 92.15% in favor of Joe Biden to be POTUS #46. This is up from 2016 in which 90.48% of D.C. voted blue. In fact, in all of the capital’s history as the only non-state to have electoral votes, theirs have never gone to the GOP. Both Maine and Nebraska split their electoral votes by congressional districts and Nebraska’s 3rd district had the second-highest percentage, in this case, 75.36% for Trump’s re-election.

The first state with a significant majority was Wyoming with 69.94% of voters casting ballots for Trump and Pence. West Virginia closely follows, along with Vermont, Massachusetts, Oklahoma, and Maryland for Biden. Meanwhile, North Dakotans and Idahoans showed up for Trump. Now let’s see how third parties did in 2020.

Third Parties With A Million Votes

A minor or third-party is one other than the two major parties, currently Democrat and Republican. In 2020, the largest third parties in the U.S. were the Libertarian Party, Green Party, and Constitution Party. So just how far did any third-party candidate make it in the 2020 election? No minor party took away electoral votes from either the Biden/Harris ticket or that of Trump/Pence (all 538 went to one or the other). However, a third-party ticket did score 1,865,720 votes.

Libertarian Party

The third-party ticket with 1,865,720 votes was Jo Jorgensen and Spike Cohen of the Libertarian Party. While that may seem like a lot, those million-plus votes make up just 1.18% of the total votes. Additionally, in comparison, Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson gained 4,489,221 votes in 2016 (3.28%).

Percentage-wise, Jorgensen and Cohen did best (over 2%) in the following 10 states: South Dakota (2.63%), North Dakota (2.60%), Utah (2.58%), Montana (2.53%), Alaska (2.47%), Nebraska’s 1st congressional district (2.33%), Kansas (2.23%), Nebraska (2.12%), Wyoming (2.08%), and Nebraska’s 2nd congressional district (2.03%). That leaves the other minor parties with thousands of votes in the 2020 presidential election.

The Green Party & Others

The other significant third-party player, Howie Hawkins and Angela Walker of the Green Party received 405,034 votes or 0.26% in total. In 2016, the Green Party’s Jill Stein had 1,457,216 or 1.07% total. The 2020 ticket did best in Maine’s 1st congressional district with 1.05% of the vote and the next best in Maine’s second district (0.95%).

Other parties, which amassed 627,567 votes (0.40%), included write-ins. To learn more about them, check out the map, or continue for how to make your own.

Publish Maps On Your Site

Maps are a useful tool to help you visualize your location data—addresses, cities, etc. You may even discover something you missed in your spreadsheet!

To make your own map, be it a historical look at 100 years ago in 1921 or political canvassing maps for door-to-door volunteers, just copy your spreadsheet data. Then, paste it into our simple mapping tool.

With your data newly displayed in your map, you can embed it in your website or share it with fellow map enthusiasts. Get started today with BatchGeo.