A post over at Atlantic Cities about the "most walkable cities" in the United States has been circulating locally on Twitter because it mentions that Albany is among the top 10 most walkable cities in the country, according to data from Walk Score.
It turns out that's not actually true.
But that doesn't mean Albany -- and a few other local cities -- don't fare well in the rankings.
How it's wrong
We suspect Albany got tagged as a top 10 walkable city on the Atlantic's map because Albany, California is ranked #6 (walk score: 85.7). Mistakes happen. It's not the first time someone's done that, and it won't be last.
OK, so what's the real ranking?
Walk Score publishes data and rankings for the 2,500 largest cities in the United States. So we pulled the list, and did a little sorting and calculating
Albany's actual Walk Score rank among all cities is #131. That's not bad at all -- it puts Albany in the 95th percentile.
Among the 245 cities more or less Albany's population*, the city ranks #20 (92nd percentile).
And Albany doesn't quite have 100,000 people, but if we cheated and said it did, it would rank #31. (89th percentile among 282 cities)
*Albany has about 97,000 people, so we included cities ranging from 75k-125k in population.
Saratoga, Schenectady, Troy
Here are the ranks for those cities on the all-cities list:
Saratoga Springs: #1020 (59th percentile)
Schenectady: #160 (94th percentile)
Troy: #349 (86th percentile)
The cities rankings it publishes doesn't include towns -- so no Colonie, Clifton Park, and so on. But you can look up those places on the Walk Score site.
And, of course, ranking cities is kind of blunt -- neighborhoods or exact locations are better indicator of walkability. You can do that on the Walk Score site. For example, here's the neighborhood listing for Albany.
[A tip of the hat to Holly (@apestypenovels), who was the first person we saw mention the Atlantic post.]
map screengrab: Walk Score
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