Best places to live car-free

For households that choose not to own a personal vehicle, urban centers that provide public transportation systems and amenities like retail stores, schools, and entertainment within close distance can be ideal places to live and work.

24/7 Wall St. compiled a list of the top 10 best places to reside, sans automobile:

  • Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA-NH (#10)
  • Los Angeles-Long Beach-Santa Ana, CA
  • Salt Lake City, UT
  • Denver-Aurora, CO
  • San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA
  • Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA
  • Honolulu, HI
  • New York-Northern New Jersey-Long Island, NY-NJ-PA
  • Portland-Vancouver-Beaverton, OR-WA
  • San Francisco-Oakland-Fremont, CA (#1)

These cities, out of the 100 largest metropolitan areas in the U.S, ranked highest for the following criteria — percentage of neighborhoods covered by public transit, frequency of service to those areas, the number of jobs reachable within 90 minutes or less by public transit, and the “walk score” (the number that indicates accessibility to amenities by foot).

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