Finally, a survey that ranks Philadelphia high for something good - walkability.

Previously, we've been named "ugliest," "fattest," "most depressed" and "most constipated."

In the new ranking, compiled by a website with walkability maps of 2,508 neighborhoods, San Francisco finished first, followed by New York, Boston, Chicago and Philadelphia.

Scores ranged from 86 out of possible 100 for San Francisco to 74 for Philadelphia to 34 for Jacksonville, Fla., lowest among the nation's 40 largest cities.

Two of the nation's 30 most walkable neighborhoods are also in Philadelphia. Eastern Center City finished No. 23, western Center City No. 28, both with scores of 98.

Philly also has five other "Walker's Paradises" - areas that scored 90 or above. Their names as given on the list are Riverfront (92), Wharton-Hawthorne-Bella Vista (91), Poplar-Ludlow-Yorktowne (91), Pennsport-Whitman-Queen (90) and Fairmount-Spring Garden (90).

To see the boundaries, and other Philadelphia neighborhood scores, go to:

Walk Score was created by Front Seat, a software developer based in Seattle.

To see Walk Score's overall city rankings, go to

Contact staff writer Peter Mucha at 215-854-4342 or