In a rating of metropolitan areas across the United States, a website that looks out for pedestrians rated Philadelphia favorably. But how did Roxborough and Manayunk fare using the same standards?
WalkScore.com evaluated 50 cities nationwide for a variety of standards desirable for transporting without cars—including walkability, public transportation and accessibility of apartments to those features.
Philadelphia ranked as number five, with a walkability scale of 74 out of 100—making it very walkable. Only New York, San Francisco, Boston and Chicago, respectively, placed higher.
Because the city as a whole scored well, a majority of its neighborhoods ranked high. WalkScore said 72 percent of Philadelphians live in areas that have a walkability scale of 70 or higher—once again, pretty good.
Manayunk did very well. The business district on-and-around Main Street, plus the made the area 17th best in the city. It scored 81 out of 100 for walkability (higher than the city average).
With a significantly larger population and more rural areas, Roxborough fared worse in terms of walkability. The 19128 zip code placed 60th out of 68 Philadelphia neighborhoods with a 62 percent score. Byberry and Torresdale finished last.
Center City East/West and University City claimed the top three places, with scores of 97 and 93, respectively. Locally, Chestnut Hill came in 44th with a 70 percent score; West Mt. Airy 45th with a 70 percent score; and East Mt. Airy 51st with a 59 percent score.
For the complete city rankings, visit WalkScore.com's Philadelphia page.