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Best Cities for Living Without a Car

by Katie Skrzek

Jan 13, 2021


Tips / Destination

Lawnstarter, an outdoor services provider, recently conducted a study on the best cities for living without a car for 2021. The company analyzed data of 20 key indicators, including walking routes, share of residents using public transportation and average sunshine across the 150 biggest cities in the United States.


Best cities for living without a car:

  1. San Francisco, California
  2. Portland, Oregon
  3. Washington, D.C.
  4. Boston, Massachusetts
  5. New York City, New York
  6. Honolulu, Hawai’i
  7. Oakland, California
  8. Providence, Rhode Island
  9. Minneapolis, Minnesota
  10. Seattle, Washington


Worst cities for living without a car:

  1. Shreveport, Louisiana
  2. Montgomery, Alabama
  3. Little Rock, Arkansas
  4. Huntsville, Alabama
  5. Winston-Salem, North Carolina
  6. Mobile, Alabama
  7. Overland Park, Kansas
  8. Birmingham, Alabama
  9. Memphis, Tennessee
  10. Augusta, Georgia


Washington, D.C., was ranked the most walkable city in the country. New York City took the top spot for highest share of residents using public transportation. Alabama had a poor showing, with four cities in the top 10 worst cities for living without a car. The most pedestrian fatalities per capita took place in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.


For a full list of the rankings and more information on methodology, visit the website.


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