How walkable is your Seattle neighborhood?
The city of Seattle is constantly making an effort to become more car-free and accessible by bike and public transportation. Although, Seattle prides itself on its bike lanes and reputation for being a green city, not all neighborhoods are created equal. According to Walk Score , Seattle is “very walkable” meaning “most errands can be accomplished on foot.” Seattle scored a 73 on walkability, while earning a 60 and 70 on transit and bike scores respectively. Scroll down to see how your neighborhood ranks!
Downtown Seattle and Pioneer Square
Walkability Score: 99 Walkability Score: 98
The neighborhoods surrounding Downtown rank as the most walkable neighborhoods in the Seattle city limits. Featuring easy access to public transportation which can take you to your favorite restaurant or bar. While Downtown and Pioneer Square aren’t ideal for everyday amenities, there is something to be said for city Target and IGA as well as Whole Foods on Westlake.
2. First Hill, International District (ID) and Belltown
Walkability Score: 97
These two neighborhoods strike more of a balance between everyday necessities and after hours fun than Downtown, but more so Pioneer Square. The ID is filled with amazing restaurants, green spaces and easy walking access to public transportation such as the King Street Station. While First Hill offers restaurants and green spaces as well, it is also within walking distance of fabulous employment opportunities. Belltown is home to the Pike Place Market, Olympic Sculpture Park and condos which offer sweeping views of Puget Sound.
3. Capitol Hill and Queen Anne
Walkability Score: 91 Walkability Score: 94
Capitol Hill is a diverse neighborhood with walkability to gay bars, large parks such as Volunteer and Cal Anderson, dog friendly areas, groccery stores, resturants/bars, shopping and whatever else you may find yourself wanting! Striking the right cord between being hip and historic Capitol Hill is a great place to spend the day walking about.
Queen Anne is located south of Fremont and west of Capitol Hill. This Seattle neighborhood is a hub of all things commercial and cultural. Queen Anne is home to the iconic Space Needle as well as the Museum of Pop Culture, plus upper Queen Anne hosts Kerry Park which offers commanding views of the city at any time of day.
4. Greenwood and Fremont
Walkability Score: 85 Walkability Score: 84
Known for its speciality shops, numerous bars and proximity to Greenlake. Greenwood is the perfect residential oasis for young professionals and families alike. Fremont is packed full of hip bars and young professionals. Walk through Fremont and you will not struggle to find a fantastic restaurant!
5. West Seattle
Walkability Score: 60
Don’t be fooled by this walkability score of 60! This laid back resideAlki Beach, movie theaters, multiple grocery stores, schools, as well as bars/restaurants for some after work fun. With coffee shops, Easy Street Records and proximity to trails such as Schmitz Park and Lincoln Park. Only 10 minutes from Downtown, West Seattle is the perfect place to escape the traffic mess and maze of tourists at the market!
There are tons of great neighborhoods in Seattle, this list only included a handful, to check your neighborhoods walkability score or ranking with Seattle check out the websites below!
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