If you do life without a car, then you’re in luck because D.C. was just named the fourth city on Redfin’s Best Cities for Living Without a Car list. Yay for eco-friendly tactics!
When I first moved to the city from the suburbs of Virginia, I was totally sure I would need my beloved car. I hadn't experienced life without a car since my pre-drivers-license days and I wasn't quite ready to fully embrace city living -- aka schlepping my groceries for a mile. But after paying to register the car in the city, parking tickets and unexpected break-in costs began to add up, not to mention the fact that the car often sat on the street collecting leaves and pollen as it was hardly ever used, I began to rethink the car's necessity. Turns out, I'm not the only Washingtonian to have experienced this!
Factors that helped Redfin compile the final list included a persons proximity to restaurants, grocery stores, parks, and their jobs. Accessibility to these locations are some of the key perks of urban living. Redfin studied the latest Walk Score ranking to see which U.S. cities with populations greater than 300,000 have the highest composite Walk Score, Transit Score, and Bike Score ratings.
Here’s the top 10 best cities to go without a car:
- San Francisco, California
- New York, New York
- Boston, Massachusetts
- Washington, D.C.
- Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
- Chicago, Illinois
- Minneapolis, Minnesota
- Miami, Florida
- Seattle, Washington
- Oakland, California
And here’s why D.C. made the list:
With a Transit Score of 70, D.C has the fourth highest Transit Score in the nation. “The METRO provides a lot of routes into the city from various suburbs and within the city there are also plentiful bus routes,” said Redfin agent Dan Galloway. “Biking is really on the rise too. Capital Bikeshare now has 400 stations across the city and more bike lanes and routes have been popping up. The city also has plenty of walkable neighborhoods like Dupont Circle, Georgetown and Downtown/Chinatown.”
Well there ya have it folks!