Walk to Things in Wilmington NC
More and more interactive home search maps will feature the “walkability score” of a particular neighborhood or home. Have you ever wondered what that really means?
Walk Score is a company which analyzes hundreds of walking routes to nearby amenities. Points are awarded based on the distance to amenities in each category. Amenities within a 5 minute walk (.25 miles) are given maximum points. A decay function is used to give points to more distant amenities, with no points given after a 30 minute walk.”
Additionally, Walk Score looks at pedestrian friendliness, a component which takes into account population density, block length, and intersection density. (Source: http://www.walkscore.com/methodology.shtml).
Rankings are based on a 0 - 100 scale. Here’s how the scores translate to an area’s walkability:
90 - 100: Walker’s Paradise. Daily errands do not require a car.
70 - 89: Very Walkable. Most errands can be accomplished on foot.
50 - 69: Somewhat Walkable. Some errands can be accomplished on foot.
25 - 49: Car-Dependent. Most errands require a car.
0 - 24: Car-Dependent. Almost all errands require a car.
In addition to a Walkability Score, Walk Score also evaluates for Transit Score (how well a location is served by public transit) and Bike Score (whether an area is good for biking).
All three of these scores can help you determine your personal values when you’re buying a home. They can also be useful to profile the kind of buyer who might be interested in a home you’re selling. It’s important to understand that a high or low walkability score is not necessarily bad. It all depends on personal values. (Someone who wouldn’t walk to errands anyway might find themselves bothered by the proximity to a highly-trafficked commercial businesses, for example.)
If you’re curious about your own home’s walkability score, or you’d like to learn about the most and least walkable neighborhoods in Wilmington, Carolina Beach, or Kure Beach, you can search for addresses on the Walk Score website at http://www.walkscore.com/.
Want to see a walkability score in action? We’d be happy to show you some homes in area neighborhoods!
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