Knowing how to use the walkscore rating when buying a home can be an important tool for those with young families, those who use public transportation, or those who like to do business where they live. It is also becoming more and more important to people in Edmonton and other major cities across Canada as a function of 'living local'. Living local is simply the idea that in the day and age of large corporations and suburban spread, that it is possible to live happily by staying focused on living, working, and supporting business in a local community.
For those of you who take public transportation, there is also a similarly themed 'transit score' which shows you exactly how your city and neighborhood stack up. As expected, there are general trends that the closer you live to the downtown core, the better the walk score and transit score will be, and the further away from the downtown you go, the lower the score. The only exception to this is nearby direct bus hubs that are located in outlying areas such as the Hamptons or The Meadows where direct routes are available.
One of the great features on this site is that you can see the radius of where you can travel by foot within 20 minutes as well as all of your neighborhood transit options. You can also use the zoom feature on the map to click on the exact address of the property you are interested in and see what the score is. You will also be given information of nearby amenities such as parks, schools, grocery stores, coffee shops, and other service providers.
Here are 5 facts about the walkscore in the Edmonton area:
1 - Overall, Edmonton has a walkability rate of 51 (on a scale of 100), which means that only some of your day to day tasks and errands can be completed by walking. This score ranks slightly higher than the overall average 47 from the 141 cities ranked by walkscore.
2 - Edmonton ranks 7th in Canada amongst large cities. This is ahead of cities such as Calgary, who has a score of 47, but behind the top cities in Canada, such as Toronto, Monteal, and Vancouver.
3 - Edmonton's transit score overall is 44, which ranks 11th in Canada. We are again ahead in of Calgary in this area, but behind cities such as Ottawa and Winnipeg.
4 - The highest walk score in Edmonton is in the downtown area, which boasts ratings as high as 98 out of 100. There are few areas in all of North America that have such a great score. Other neighborhoods are Garneau and Rossdale.
5 - The highest transit score in Edmonton is also in the downtown area, which has a 79 rating. Other neighborhoods with high ratings include the University area and other neighborhoods along the LRT line.
Walkscore is a great example of how new technologies can assist you in buying the prefect home for your lifestyle and budget. Remember that it is only one tool of many, and knowing how to use the walkscore rating when buying a home makes a difference!