What Is A Walk Score?

Another question I get asked as a Realtor is what is a Walk Score?  A Walk Score is a tool to help you find a walkable place to live.  Based on a number of criteria, each address is assigned a score between 0 and 100.  The premise of Walk Score is walkable neighbourhoods with access to public transit, better commutes and near the places you love make for self sufficient living and hence, a better life.

The average Walk Score for the City of Kitchener is 47.1.  Interestingly, the average Walk Score for North American cities over 200,000 people is 47.  However, only 2 Canadian cities ranked lower than Kitchener so we've got some work to do.  A score of 47 makes Kitchener a car dependant city.  Note Waterloo, Cambridge and Guelph didn't have enough population to be ranked. 

Regular readers of this Kitchener Waterloo real estate blog will know I'm a proponent of the coming light rail transit project dubbed the Ion.  I anticipate the average Walk Score in the City of Kitchener will increase as more buildings and amenities locate along the Ion route. 

The Walk Score of my house is 50 which classifies it as somewhat walkable.  The lowest score I've seen is 3 in the Conservation Meadows area of Waterloo.  The highest score was 92 in Downtown Kitchener.  Curious about your Walk Score?  Visit http://WalkScore.com and plug in your address.

If you desire to improve your Walk Score by moving, I'll be happy to help.  Feel free to call, text or email 519-505-4488 jeff.gingerich@century21.ca 


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