Most people would love to walk to work, but few live close enough to their jobs to do so.

New census data shows which metro areas have the highest share of the population walking to work. Some of the larger, more dense urban areas do employ above-average counts of walk commuters. But it's mid-size towns, particularly in the Midwest and northeastern U.S., where people are most apt to walk to work.

Many of the top areas for walking are home to colleges and universities.

Larger icons in the map below illustrate metro areas with the highest percentage of workers primarily walking to their jobs last year. Open a full-screen interactive version here.

The table below lists the 100 metro areas with the highest percentage of commuters primarily walking to work. Percentages shown are lower than the actual total share of those who walk because of the Census Bureau's methodology. Survey respondents are asked to record a single mode of transportation for the longest distance traveled during their trip, so those walking to rail stations count only as public transportation commuters.

 

         
Rank Metro Area Walk % Margin of Error Workers 16+
1 Ithaca, NY 15.4 2.2 48,381
2 State College, PA 11.4 1.8 74,188
3 Flagstaff, AZ 10.7 2.8 63,740
4 Corvallis, OR 8.9 2.5 35,847
5 Bloomington, IN 8 1.7 89,474
6 Champaign-Urbana, IL 8 1.6 106,787
7 San Angelo, TX 7.5 2.3 52,780
8 Iowa City, IA 7.4 1.6 85,464
9 Wichita Falls, TX 7.3 3.2 66,628
10 Ames, IA 7.2 2.2 47,032
11 Muncie, IN 7 2 46,647
12 Burlington-South Burlington, VT 6.6 1.2 113,740
13 New York-Northern NJ-Long Island, NY-NJ-PA 6.3 0.2 8,634,166
14 Bellingham, WA 6.2 2.5 95,271
15 Poughkeepsie-Newburgh-Middletown, NY 6.2 1 304,856
16 Ann Arbor, MI 6.2 0.9 163,753
17 Charlottesville, VA 6.1 1.5 90,140
18 Morgantown, WV 6 1.7 57,342
19 Missoula, MT 6 2 55,106
20 Lawrence, KS 5.8 2.4 61,087
21 Dubuque, IA 5.6 1.9 49,264
22 Honolulu, HI 5.4 0.6 467,029
23 Kingston, NY 5.3 1.5 82,029
24 Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA-NH 5.3 0.2 2,303,025
25 Manhattan, KS 5.2 1.3 64,310
26 Waterloo-Cedar Falls, IA 5.1 1.2 82,205
27 Blacksburg-Christiansburg-Radford, VA 5.1 2 71,252
28 Madison, WI 5.1 0.8 313,379
29 Napa, CA 5 1.7 63,615
30 Lafayette, IN 5 1.1 95,196
31 Jacksonville, NC 4.9 1.1 90,289
32 Columbia, MO 4.9 1.1 90,335
33 Bangor, ME 4.9 1.3 70,108
34 College Station-Bryan, TX 4.8 1.5 102,065
35 Gulfport-Biloxi, MS 4.7 1.3 110,628
36 San Luis Obispo-Paso Robles, CA 4.7 2.3 117,027
37 Harrisonburg, VA 4.7 1.4 58,355
38 Colorado Springs, CO 4.6 0.5 309,998
39 Mankato-North Mankato, MN 4.6 1.2 54,425
40 Bloomington-Normal, IL 4.6 1.1 85,825
41 Erie, PA 4.6 1 127,712
42 Boulder, CO 4.6 0.9 155,193
43 Madera-Chowchilla, CA 4.5 1.9 41,235
44 Aguadilla-Isabela-San Sebastián, PR 4.5 1.3 72,057
45 Fargo, ND-MN 4.5 1.2 121,753
46 Ocean City, NJ 4.5 2.1 42,480
47 Trenton-Ewing, NJ 4.5 1 172,254
48 Fond du Lac, WI 4.4 1.1 52,161
49 Battle Creek, MI 4.4 1.4 52,027
50 Grand Forks, ND-MN 4.4 1.2 51,952
51 Chico, CA 4.4 1.5 82,842
52 Duluth, MN-WI 4.4 0.8 129,087
53 Eugene-Springfield, OR 4.4 1.1 146,600
54 San Francisco-Oakland-Fremont, CA 4.3 0.3 2,051,756
55 Elmira, NY 4.2 1.8 39,144
56 Cape Girardeau-Jackson, MO-IL 4.1 1.6 42,549
57 Fayetteville, NC 4.1 1.1 159,492
58 Utica-Rome, NY 4.1 0.8 129,919
59 La Crosse, WI-MN 4.1 1.1 70,769
60 Salem, OR 4.1 1.1 154,831
61 Athens-Clarke County, GA 4.1 1.4 80,780
62 Hanford-Corcoran, CA 4 1.3 53,207
63 Glens Falls, NY 4 1.3 57,392
64 Steubenville-Weirton, OH-WV 4 1.5 51,634
65 Provo-Orem, UT 4 0.7 223,852
66 Kankakee-Bradley, IL 4 2.1 46,172
67 Syracuse, NY 4 0.6 293,841
68 Santa Barbara-Santa Maria-Goleta, CA 4 0.8 196,607
69 Pittsfield, MA 3.9 1.2 59,325
70 Logan, UT-ID 3.9 1.4 57,047
71 Killeen-Temple-Fort Hood, TX 3.8 0.9 172,436
72 Lawton, OK 3.8 1.1 58,875
73 New Haven-Milford, CT 3.8 0.7 405,612
74 Lebanon, PA 3.7 1.1 62,995
75 Columbia, SC 3.7 0.6 352,715
76 Salinas, CA 3.7 0.6 168,252
77 Santa Cruz-Watsonville, CA 3.7 1.1 125,855
78 Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA 3.7 0.3 1,696,668
79 Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD 3.7 0.2 2,707,951
80 Terre Haute, IN 3.6 1.2 74,349
81 Ponce, PR 3.6 1.6 63,427
82 Williamsport, PA 3.6 1 53,251
83 Lewiston, ID-WA 3.6 1.6 27,220
84 Portland-South Portland-Biddeford, ME 3.5 0.6 263,602
85 Norwich-New London, CT 3.5 0.8 133,647
86 Lansing-East Lansing, MI 3.5 0.6 208,217
87 San Juan-Caguas-Guaynabo, PR 3.5 0.4 758,554
88 Prescott, AZ 3.4 1.6 77,374
89 Eau Claire, WI 3.4 1.1 82,156
90 Las Cruces, NM 3.4 1.1 85,518
91 Bowling Green, KY 3.4 1.5 61,305
92 Lancaster, PA 3.4 0.6 249,185
93 Scranton--Wilkes-Barre, PA 3.4 0.6 254,775
94 Wenatchee-East Wenatchee, WA 3.4 1.5 50,709
95 Santa Rosa-Petaluma, CA 3.4 0.8 226,030
96 Gainesville, FL 3.4 1 118,127
97 Pittsburgh, PA 3.4 0.3 1,086,691
98 Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA 3.4 0.3 1,051,828
99 Atlantic City-Hammonton, NJ 3.4 0.7 120,603
100 Holland-Grand Haven, MI 3.3 1.1 122,291

Source: American Community Survey, 1-year estimates