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The Top 30 Most Walkable Cities in Oregon

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

 

Walkability has a direct correlation with a the performance of the community's economy.

Data from across the country show a consistent outcome - cities which are highly walkable perform better than their peer cities. 

GoLocal reviewed the data provided by the research group at Walk Score, "believes that walkable neighborhoods with access to public transit, shorter commutes, and proximity to the people and places you love are the key to a happier, healthier and more sustainable lifestyle."

More walkable places perform better economically. For neighborhoods within metropolitan Washington, as the number of environmental features that facilitate walkability and attract pedestrians increase, so do office, residential, and retail rents, retail revenues, and for-sale residential values.

For Oregon cities, the numbers are mixed. Portland, known for its walkability led Oregon’s ranking but did not make the top 10 nationally.  The greater the walkability, the higher the real estate for commercial space, commercial rents and residential values.

In contrast, Oregon communities like Wilsonville and West Linn did not make the top 30 in Oregon.

Research conducted at Brookings Institute divided walkability into a five-tiered ladder, “They discovered that every time an area moves along the ladder toward more walkable, it “adds $9 per square foot to annual office rents, $7 per square foot to retail rents, more than $300 per month to apartment rents and nearly $82 per square foot to home values.”

Even New Jersey Benefits

in top-ranked Jersey City, according to Nick Boniakowski, a Redfin real estate agent in the area. “Jersey City has everything a resident could need or want right outside her door, making it possible to enjoy a car-less lifestyle most people think they can only find in a much bigger city,” said Boniakowski. “Lately, my clients have been clamoring over Paulus Hook, where they can live in a brownstone on a tree-lined street and walk to trendy restaurants and the Grove Street farmer’s market.”

To calculate the rankings, Walk Score analyzed over 10 million locations and computed more than 2 billion walking routes for 2,500 U.S. cities. The Walk Score ranking uses the Street Smart Walk Score algorithm that incorporates walking routes, depth of choice, pedestrian-friendliness, population and neighborhood data. For this ranking of mid-sized cities, we looked at cities with populations between 200,000 and 300,000.

 

Related Slideshow: Oregon’s Most Walkable Cities

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30.

Keizer

Population: 36,478

Walk Score: 32

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29.

Oregon City

Population: 31,859

Walk Score: 33

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28.

Albany

Population: 50,158

Walk Score: 33

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27.

Pendleton

Population: 16,612

Walk Score: 35

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26.

Hayesville

Population: 19,936

Walk Score: 35

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25.

Medford

Population: 74,907

Transit Score: 17

Walk Score: 35

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24.

Sherwood

Population: 18,194

Walk Score: 36

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23.

Bethany

Population: 20,646

Walk Score: 36

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22.

Lake Oswego

Population: 36,619

Walk Score: 37

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21.

Aloha

Population: 49,425

Walk Score: 37

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20.

Klamath Falls

Population: 20,840

Transit Score: 25

Walk Score: 40

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19.

Roseburg

Population: 21,181

Transit Score: 18 

Walk Score: 40

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18.

Tigard

Population: 48,035

Walk Score: 40

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17.

Salem 

Population:154,637

Bike Score: 58 

Transit Score: 31 

Walk Score: 40

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16.

Forest Grove 

Population: 21,083

Walk Score: 41

 

Photo courtesy of Mrhayata/flickr

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15.

McMinnville

Population: 32,187

Walk Score: 41

 

Photo courtesy of Paul David/flickr

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14.

Grants Pass 

Population: 34,533

Walk Score: 41

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13.

Hillsboro

Population: 91,611

Walk Score: 41

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12.

Eugene

Population: 156,185

Bike Score: 74 

Transit Score: 35

Walk Score: 41

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11.

Hermiston

Population: 16,745

Walk Score: 43

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10.

Springfield

Population: 59,403

Walk Score: 43

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9.

Gresham

Population: 105,594

Walk Score: 43

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8.

Oak Grove

Population: 16,159

Walk Score: 44

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7.

Newberg

Population: 22,068

Walk Score: 45

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6.

Beaverton

Population: 89,803

Walk Score: 45

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5.

Milwaukie

Population: 20,291

Walk Score: 46

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4.

Woodburn

Population: 24,080

Transit Score: 16

Walk Score: 46

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3.

Corvalis

Population: 54,462

Transit Score: 26 

Walk Score: 48 

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Ashland

Population: 20,078

Walk Score: 51

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Portland

Population: 583,776

Bike Score: 72

Transit Score: 50 

Walk Score 63 

 
 

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