We’ve always known that the Great Lakes are the center of the freshwater universe.
But who would have thought that they are the intersection of affordability and walkability?
A group that’s developed a method of scoring a community’s walkability recently listed neighborhoods in a dozen U.S. cities that are not only easy to get around, they’re affordable to live in. They produced the list with Walk Score data – which measures walkability – the Cost of Living Index and the average rents for every major city in the country.
And guess what? Five of them are in cities on a Great Lake:
Throw in Pittsburgh and Minneapolis and that means seven of the 12 affordable/walkable towns are in Great Lakes states.
The criteria? Neighborhoods with a Walk Score greater than 90 and a “nice selection” of one bedroom apartments renting for less than $1,000 a month.
You can find the Walk Score of some 10,000 U.S. neighborhoods here.