As far as walkability goes, D.C. and its suburbs rank high on the national list, according to the George Washington University Center for Real Estate and Urban Analysis.

For D.C. natives and new transplants, this ranking is a major coup for the region. With more and more people looking to ditch their cars for a greener lifestyle, this report reinforces that this is a great place to live! The report is titled Foot Traffic Ahead: Ranking Walkable Urbanism in America's Largest Metros 2019, and it analyzes the number of "walkable urban places" near 30 major U.S. cities.

The rankings were determined by researching the proximity of office space, retail shops and restaurants, and housing units in each metropolitan area. The top five walkable areas for 2018 were:

1. New York City
2. Denver
3. Boston
4. Washington, D.C.
5. San Francisco Bay Area

If you're thinking of doing more walking in your daily life and want to explore some of the more pedestrian-friendly neighborhoods in the District, try these out for size.

H Street Corridor

Home of the famous H Street Festival, this vibrant neighborhood is full of fun eateries, bars, and quirky shops. You can get a great meal, meet your friends for happy hour, and see a show all within a few blocks. Bonus: Real estate here is mixed with condos and rowhouses for a more affordable housing option.

H Street Festival

Courtesy of the H Street Festival Facebook page

Capitol Hill

It's certainly not cheap to live here with its historic rowhouses, but Capitol Hill is full of things to do. In addition to the shops and restaurants, residents here have the incomparable Eastern Market for local food, music, and artwork. This D.C. landmark is just part of the charm of this picturesque neighborhood. Devote at least an afternoon to exploring this historic indoor/outdoor market and the surrounding shops. 

Eastern Market

Courtesy of Eastern Market


The cobblestone streets and waterfront alleys of Georgetown are a window-shopper's paradise. There is something for everyone here, including world-class gourmet restaurants and tons of shops and services. Add in the water taxi, and you've got even more ways to get to this gorgeous neighborhood.


Courtesy of Georgetown, D.C., on Facebook

If you want to learn more about this walkability study, read the entire report online here.

What are your thoughts about these rankings? Was walkability what drew you to D.C. in the first place? Let us know in the comments!