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The 10 Most Walkable Cities

Walking to work (if you can swing it) is an easy way to add extra steps to your day, on your way to that coveted 10,000.

But across the country, just 2.8 percent of workers primarily commute by foot, according to some recent crunching of the latest Census data from Governing.com.

Since the Census survey measures the mode of transportation used for the longest distance traveled on a person's commute, the numbers may paint too bleak a picture. "Walking is growing at a really phenomenal rate,” Dan Burden, co-founder of the Walkable and Livable Communities Institute told Governing.com. "It may not be reflected in the commuting data until we see more people living in work centers." Those who walk to and from a public transportation hub aren't currently represented as walkers in the data, even though their pedometers are certainly logging steps.

More and more cities are "reinventing their town centers" and undergoing other transitions to become more walkable, according to Governing.com. And with good reason, considering residents of cities with the most walkers (and bikers!) tend to be less obese. But in the meantime, look to these walkable cities as examples leading the way.

10
Providence, Rhode Island
10.8 percent of commuters walk to work
9
Syracuse, New York
11 percent of commuters walk to work
8
New Haven, Connecticut
11.2 percent of commuters walk to work
7
Washington, D.C.
11.9 percent of commuters walk to work
6
Provo, Utah
12.2 percent of commuters walk to work
5
Boston, Massachusetts
15.5 percent of commuters walk to work
4
Ann Arbor, Michigan
15.5 percent of commuters walk to work
3
Berkeley, California
18.1 percent of commuters walk to work
2
Columbia, South Carolina
20.7 percent of commuters walk to work
1
Cambridge, Massachusetts
24.5 percent of commuters walk to work
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