According to a new study by CommercialCafe, El Paso is the leader among cities in Texas and in the top 15 nationwide for walkability.
“Parks and accessibility have always been extremely important to the physical and mental well-being of our cities’ residents, especially in the past year when we did not have many other forms of recreation,” said Commercial Cafe officials on Monday.
“We considered US cities with at least 300,000 inhabitants and rated them based on accessibility data as well as data on parkland conditions, total amounts and investments.”
El Paso received a total of 46.13 points, placing the city in 13th place. Study officials say the city’s highest-scoring attributes were the percentage of the urban area’s parkland and parking area per 1,000 residents
Here are some highlights:
- Of the 58 cities we looked at, El Paso finished in the top 15 with an overall score of 41.13 out of 100, overtaking cities like Austin (# 32), Houston (# 33) and Dallas (# 46).
- The city’s strongest suits were the parking area ratios and the trail index. Parks in El Paso make up 19.44% of the total city area, with 44.5 acres of parkland per 1,000 residents.
- Overall, New Orleans’ top 15 ranked number 1, followed by Washington DC and Minneapolis.
Albuquerque was the highest rated of the four western US cities that made the top 15.
“With a score of 54.67 out of 100, the New Mexico high desert is an outdoor enthusiast’s dream – more than 300 days of sunshine a year to enjoy the city’s nearly 300 parks,” study officials said.
For the full study and its detailed methodology click here.
Top US cities for walkability and outdoor recreational potential