There's yet another reason to in Santa Monica—or get more exercise, at least: It's tied for #4 on a list of most "walkable" cities in California.
Santa Monica achieved a score of 82 in the Walk Score study, which was released Tuesday. Berkeley earned the same score.
The city was only bested by West Hollywood (which has a score of 89), Albany (86) and San Francisco (85).
In comparison, the 372 biggest cities in California earned an average Walk Score of 50.
Cities are ranked on a scale of 0 to 100. The 2011 survey is Walk Score's first since 2008.
For the survey, Walk Score took into account the distance of individual addresses to public transit and nearby amenities. It relied upon to establish the city borders and population densities, which are weighted into the scores.
Among the 2,500 large nationwide cities that were featured in the evaluation, Los Angeles ranks #66 in terms of walkability. New York is first.
Walk Score, a company that is based in Seattle, says its quantitative walkability-ranking study is the only one of its kind in the U.S.
At WalkScore.com, users can find the Walk Score for their neighborhood and vote for their city.
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