Communities Where Commuting Gets the Boot

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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