Best (and Worst) Walking Cities in America Ranked by Prevention & APMA

New This Year: Survey Reveals Best Cities in Each of the 50 States;

More Than 500 Cities Evaluated

Mar 04, 2008, 00:00 ET from American Podiatric Medical Association

    NEW YORK, March 4 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Cambridge, MA, is the Best
 Walking City in America, with more residents walking to work and more parks
 per square mile than any other city evaluated, according to a just-released
 study by Prevention magazine and the American Podiatric Medical Association
 (APMA). Walking kudos also goes to New York, ranked #2, and Ann Arbor, #3.
 The Worst Walking Cities: Oklahoma City, North Las Vegas, and Gadsden, AL.
 Prevention and the APMA annually team up to measure the walkability of
 America's cities as interest in walking for fitness remains strong. Walking
 is the most popular form of exercise with 87.5% of Americans walking for
     New in this year's survey, more than 500 U.S. cities, including D.C.,
 were evaluated and ranked on 14 walking criteria, including the percentage
 of adults who walk to work, number of parks per square mile, use of mass
 transit, and percentage of adults who walk for fitness. Also new this year,
 a Best Walking City was named in each of the 50 states from an evaluation
 of its 10 most populated cities. (For a complete list, go to or pick up Prevention's April issue, on
 newsstands today.)
     This year's 10 best and 10 worst walking cities in the United States,
 according to the Prevention/APMA study:
     10 Best U.S. Walking Cities of 2008
     1. Cambridge, MA
     2. New York, NY
     3. Ann Arbor, MI
     4. Chicago, IL
     5. Washington, DC
     6. San Francisco, CA
     7. Honolulu, HI
     8. Trenton, NJ
     9. Boston, MA
     10. Cincinnati, OH
     10 Worst U.S. Walking Cities of 2008
     1. Oklahoma City, OK
     2. North Las Vegas, NV
     3. Gadsden, AL
     4. Davenport, IA
     5. Mount Pleasant, SC
     6. Enid, OK
     7. Laredo, TX
     8. Springdale, AR
     9. Clarksville, TN
     10. Lafayette, LA
     To see the 100 Best Walking Cities in the nation, go to; the 50 Best Walking Cities in each state,; the full list of 500+ city rankings and
 study criteria, or All
 lists are available upon request.
     * American Sporting Goods 2006
     The Best Walking City in each state, according to the Prevention/APMA
 2008 study:
State Best Walking City AK Fairbanks AL Birmingham AR Little Rock AZ Tempe city CA San Francisco CO Denver CT New Haven DC Washington, DC DE Wilmington FL St. Petersburg GA Atlanta HI Honolulu IA Des Moines ID* Boise* ID* Coeur D'Alene* IL Chicago IN Bloomington KS Lawrence KY Louisville LA Baton Rouge MA Cambridge MD Silver Spring ME Waterville MI Ann Arbor MN St. Paul MO Kansas City MS Biloxi MT Bozeman NC Charlotte ND* Grand Forks* ND* Wahpeton* NE* Lincoln* NE* Hastings* NE* Fremont* NH Portsmouth NJ Trenton NM Santa Fe NV Reno NY New York OH Cincinnati OK Stillwater OR Portland PA Philadelphia RI Newport SC Greenville SD Vermillion TN Memphis TX Austin city UT St. George VA Alexandria VT Burlington WA Seattle WI* Appleton* WI* Madison* WV Morgantown WY Laramie *Tie

SOURCE American Podiatric Medical Association