We narrowed our search to cities, towns and boroughs with populations of 2,500 to 10,000. And then we analyzed data from the 2000 Census, dividing the number of workers by the number of workers who said they walked to their jobs.
The list (at right) ranks communities with the highest proportion of people who said they walked to work. It favors college towns and resort areas. It excludes affluent communities where real estate values force many workers to live in more affordable, outlying areas.
Our list also shows a distinct bias toward the older, denser communities of the Northeast. Because our data is based on people in the workforce, retirement areas are also absent from our rankings.
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Los Angeles, CAPros: climate; entertainment-media capital; geographic diversity; beaches.
Cons: Traffic; bad schools; gangs; too spread out.
This is a good place to Enjoy nightlife, including restaurants, bars, clubs.