According to Walkscore.com, Asheville is one of North Carolina’s most walkable cities, second to Boone and tied with Chapel Hill.
What makes a city or neighborhood walkable? Walkable neighborhoods offer surprising benefits to the environment, our health, our finances, and our communities.
- Environment: Cars are a leading cause of climate change. Your feet are zero-pollution transportation machines.
- Health: The average resident of a walkable neighborhood weighs 6-10 pounds less than someone who lives in a sprawling neighborhood.1
- Finances: One point of Walk Score is worth up to $3,000 of value for your property. Read the research report.
- Communities: Studies show that for every 10 minutes a person spends in a daily car commute, time spent in community activities falls by 10%.3
What makes a neighborhood walkable?
- A center: Walkable neighborhoods have a center, whether it’s a main street or a public space.
- People: Enough people for businesses to flourish and for public transit to run frequently.
- Mixed income, mixed use: Affordable housing located near businesses.
- Parks and public space: Plenty of public places to gather and play.
- Pedestrian design: Buildings are close to the street, parking lots are relegated to the back.
- Schools and workplaces: Close enough that most residents can walk from their homes.
- Complete streets: Streets designed for bicyclists, pedestrians, and transit.
What’s the most walkable area of Asheville? Well downtown, of course. While Asheville’s overall walkscore is only 57%, downtown Asheville scores at 97% because there’s a high density of nearby amenities.
Another great reason to live in downtown Asheville!
(View the Walkscore of any address by visiting Walkscore.com.)Descriptions of walkable communities and data courtesy of Walkscore.com.