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Walk Score

Discover Neighbourhood Walking Capabilities

Published 06/25/2012 and rated Ratingstars5 5 out of 5 stars
by Jess Meli
What can you use the app for?

Walk Score provides information about walking distances from a given location. The application provides information about the walkability of a neighbourhood including the amenities such as schools, parks and other useful locations that are nearby to the given location. The application can help users find houses to rent or buy that are within walking distances to important areas. This can help people save money and avoid driving all the time. It can also improve the quality of life for those who would rather be within walking distance to such amenities. Low walk score imply that the area needs cars for a person to move from on part to another. A higher walk score means that there is a high degree of walkability in the area.

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What is the history and popularity of the app?

Walk Score is located in Seattle and the application is becoming popular by those who need to locate apartments or houses for rent or purchase. The mission of Walk Score is to promote walking and the ability to get to various types and locations with minimal use of driving. Mike Mathieu, Jesse Kocher and Matt Lerner are co-founders.

What are the differences to other apps?

The Walk Score application takes into account various factors that contribute to the walking score. It uses an algorithm that incorporates distance and the type of amenities that are available in the area. The application is also able to rank cities based on their walk scores.

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How does the web app look and feel to use?

The Walk Score web app is user-friendly and provides interactive mapping technology that users can use to determine houses for rent, houses for purchase, distances between amenities, comment distances and much more. It is visually appealing and provides an interface that is easy to use.

How does the registration process work?

Users do not need to register to begin using the Walk Score application. By simply putting in the desired location within a city, the walk score can be computed. However, the Walk Score application also has a special version that is dedicated to real estate professionals and to those doing research. Those conducting research or developing software are able to access data through Walk Score APIs.

What does it cost to use the application?

The Walk Score application is free to users. Realtors usually provide links to the Walk Score application as a complementary service to their customers or clients seeking to purchase a home. Apart from the free use of the application, there are also premium options which starts at $25/month for a maximum of 25,000 monthly visitors. Higher site volumes require direct contact with the application's team.

Who would you recommend the application to?

For those that are concerned about how much they drive or those who would like to walk more, Walk Score can help provide vital information about the walkability capabilities of various neighbourhoods or locations. Users of the Walk Score application can use it to find properties including a house to buy or property to rent. Realtors and those looking for information about walkability in certain areas can benefit from the Walk Score application.

  • There are interactive maps which can be used to find information
  • Scores are provided based on the amount of walking that is possible within an area
  • The application can help users find properties with high walk scores
  • Commute time can be varied and used to determine apartment or house locations
  • Various modes of transportation such as biking, walking and driving can be used

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