Did you know that there is a website where you can find out a walking score of an address, city, or neighborhood? That’s right; WalkScore.com lets you discover apartments with a better commute, great nearby places and transportation alternatives. Walk Score® is so beneficial to renters these days that Apartment Finder features it in all apartment listings.
According to Realtor.org, Millennials favor walking over driving by a substantially wider margin than any other generation. Since Millennials make up a large chunk of apartment renters, it is more important than ever for apartments to be located near neighborhood attractions so residents can live, work, and play within their community.
Below are four reasons why a high walkability score is important when choosing an apartment.
When you can walk to the movie theater or your favorite bar or restaurant, your life becomes more convenient. If you are fortunate enough to find an apartment within walking distance of your work, this will save you a great deal of time each day.
In some cities, like New York, Atlanta and Chicago, a commute can be over an hour to and from work. If you have a five-minute walk each day from your apartment to your job, this can save over 10 hours of time compared to others throughout the country!
With this saved time, you can go to the gym more often, get done with tasks around the house, such as paying bills and doing laundry or even start a side business!
Convenience is king, especially when it comes to apartment living.
When you live at a destination that is in walking distance to the grocery store, restaurants and entertainment, your calves will start to reap the benefits.
By walking to your final destination instead of driving, you will become fit and enjoy the great outdoors. Often times, if you live in an area with a high walkability score, there are great urban trails you can utilize for running or parks you can drop by and workout.
The Harvard Health Publication stated that, “spending time outdoors is good for you.” Your vitamin D levels rise, you’ll get more exercise, you’ll be happier, your concentration will improve and you may heal faster.
When you can walk from your apartment, there are many health benefits.
Save on Costs
Biking or walking to work as compared to driving, both offer enormous sustainable benefits and also health benefits such as exercise and a period of time to relax and reduce stress on the way home.
According to sustain.com, if you were to bike or walk 10 miles to work per week over the course of a 12-month period, each year you could save up to 350 pounds of CO2 emissions and up to $69.
According to Forbes, the average annual operating cost of a bicycle is $308, compared to $8,220 for the average car. And, if American drivers replaced just one four-mile car trip with a bike each week for the entire year, it would save more than two billion gallons of gas, for a total savings of $7.3 billion a year, based on $4 a gallon for gas.
In the aforementioned paragraphs, we mentioned conserving on CO2 and saving on gas prices. If you live in a pedestrian-friendly neighborhood and don’t drive as much, you are making a big impact on the environment. Biking or walking to work is healthier for you and better for the environment.
If you operated a small car and took a 10-mile round trip commute five days a week for a year, you would save 58 gallons of gasoline, which has many benefits for the environment.
Even though Millennials rely heavily on technology, they love to walk to their final destination. This is making a high walkability score very important in deciding on which apartment community to live at.
Make sure to check out Apartment Finder’s Walk Score® feature to see just how walkable your next community is!
The Connor Group, which owns and operates apartment luxury communities, contributed content to this article.