Those who live within walking distance of their workplace have a simple way to improve their wellbeing, their world and their wallet.
The comparative benefits of commuting on foot – or bike – instead of by car seem self-evident. But for those who still need convincing the results of an 18-year study of 18,000 British commuters, published last September, were irrefutably clear. People who stopped driving and started walking or cycling to work, it said, both improved their physical health and “were under less strain and better able to concentrate.”
RealtyTrac®, the nation’s leading source for comprehensive housing data, has just released a report on American communities where carless commuting is most common. Based on data from the 2012 U.S. Census, it shows the 50 zip codes, of at least 500 residents, where walking is the chosen way to work.
The communities on the list include the nation’s Capitol, two military bases and several college towns. The highest-ranking area with the greatest population, at number 14, is University Park, Pennsylvania, home of Penn State University.
|City, State, Zip||Population||% Who Walk to Work|
|1. Rexburg, Idaho, 83460||929||92.30%|
|2. Akutan, Alaska, 99553||932||87.90%|
|3. King Cove, Alaska, 99612||892||83.90%|
|4. Berea, Kentucky, 40404||690||83.60%|
|5. Washington, DC, 20052||555||83.50%|
|6. Poughkeepsie, New York, 12604||746||82.70%|
|7. Goodfellow AFB/ San Angelo, Texas, 76908||2381||80.60%|
|8. USAF Academy, Colorado Springs, Colorado, 80840||6816||80.60%|
|9. Sand Point, Alaska, 99661||1190||77.70%|
|10. Moscow, Idaho, 83844||1175||76.90%|
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