Here Are the 10 Best, Worst US Cities to Be Car-Less

You don't need wheels to get around San Francisco, per LawnStarter
By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 15, 2022 9:07 AM CST
No Wheels? No Problem, in These US Cities
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In some places, not having a car could adversely affect everything from employment opportunities to how you spend your downtime. LawnStarter wanted to see where a vehicle isn't as necessary for your daily routine, so it looked at the 200 largest cities in the US to measure their standings on 19 metrics, in four main categories: access (i.e., bike and walk scores, number of bike-rental facilities and ride-hailing services); commute culture, which noted the share of residents who take public transit, or walk, bike, or carpool to work; safety (think pedestrian fatalities, bike thefts, and the overall crime index); and climate, as extreme heat or cold and other inclement weather could adversely affect one's commute. San Francisco emerged as the top city where you'll do just fine without a car. Perhaps ironically, the Alabama city of Mobile is the worst city to be in without wheels. Other cities in the top and bottom 10:

Best Cities to Be Without a Car

  1. San Francisco
  2. Boston
  3. Washington, DC
  4. New York
  5. Seattle
  6. Portland, Oregon
  7. Fort Collins, Colorado
  8. Minneapolis
  9. Madison, Wisconsin
  10. Sunnyvale, California
Worst Cities to Be Without a Car
  1. Pembroke Pines, Florida
  2. Jackson, Mississippi
  3. Huntsville, Alabama
  4. Murfreesboro, Tennessee
  5. Miramar, Florida
  6. Memphis, Tennessee
  7. Shreveport, Louisiana
  8. Little Rock, Arkansas
  9. Clarksville, Tennessee
  10. Mobile, Alabama

See how other cities fared here. (This state is the best for driving.)

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