These towns blow away the national average of 1% of commuters who walk or bike to work.
It’s hard to deny the benefits of walking and biking: Not only are cities and towns with higher percentages of residents who rely on these modes of transportation to get to work correlated with lower levels of diabetes, high blood pressure, and obesity than less active towns, they’re also reaping economic benefits. The Alliance for Biking and Walking found in its 2014 Benchmark Report that increasing these activities has “a positive impact on job growth, individual transportation costs, retail sales, traffic congestion, air quality, property values and stability, health and worker productivity, and events and tourism.”
With all of that in mind, MONEY scoured our database of 1,900 towns to find the places where the highest percentage of residents walk or bike to work, a proxy for general cycle- and walkability. At least 18% of the population in these five towns use their own two feet (or wheels), compared with the national average of just 1% (cycling) to 3% (walking). In our top town, more than 30% of residents walk or bike, a truly astounding figure. —Alicia Adamczyk