5 Most Walkable Cities for Retirees

Business professionals and young families aren’t the only ones looking for a walkable community. Increasingly retirees are choosing to settle down in communities where they can walk to shops, entertainment and dining. While transportation is still a necessity in lots of communities around the country, there are cities and towns that offer residents access to everything without hoping in a car.

But which city is doing the best job? According to real estate company Redfin’s top walkable cities report for 2016 the list includes the usual and not so usual suspects. Walk Score, a Redfin company analyzed more than 10 million locations and computed more than 2 billion walking routes for 2,500 U.S. cities. The score is based on the number of nearby amenities such as restaurants, movie houses and grocery stores, the distance to those amenities, pedestrian friendlessness, and population.

New York Tops The List

It's not surprising New York City remained the quintessential walkable city—coming in at number one. Subways, bus stops, and entertainment are right at the doorsteps of millions of people providing retirees with a lot of activities to enjoy. New York earned an 88.9 out of 100 a 1.3 point increase from last year. San Francisco, Boston, Philadelphia and Miami, four other major metropolitan cities, rounded out the top five for the same obvious reasons.

New to the top ten list for 2016 is Long Beach in California, which pushed out Baltimore to come in at number ten. Southern California hasn't been on the top ten list for the last two years, and its rise up the list underscores the emphasis cities are placing on making their neighborhoods more walkable for everyone including retirees. But it's not only Long Beach that is making strides to improve the walkability of their cities. Redfin found all of the top ten cities saw an increase in their Walk Score this year.

The Bottom Line

Retirees have to consider more than just the type of home they want to live out their retirement years but also the lifestyle. (Read more, here: Retirement Living: Renting Vs Home Ownership.) If not having to worry about driving to entertainment and amenities is a top concern then there's good news: cities across the country are making it more walkable.