Seattle less "walkable" this year than last, ranking says

Seattle less "walkable" this year than last, ranking says
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SEATTLE - The Emerald City is less "walkable" this year than it was last year, according to a new ranking of pedestrian-friendly cities.

Every year Seattle-based company Walk Score ranks the most walkable U.S. cities. In the newest ranking, Seattle dropped from number 6 to number 8.

New York, San Francisco, and Boston are the top three.

Walk Score says it uses a proprietary algorithm to analyze walking routes and amenities in 2,500 cities and 10,000 neighborhoods. The company says a "walker's paradise" would be a neighborhood where most daily errands do not require a car.

Walk Score gives Seattle a "walk score" of 71 out of 100, and describes Seattle as "rapidly becoming a world-class walkable city."

In the current ranking, Miami and Chicago leapfrogged over Seattle into the top 6.

Walk Score says Seattle's most walkable neighborhoods are Downtown, Belltown, and Pioneer Square.