• May 22, 2022
 Study: El Paso among best US Cities for walkability, outdoor recreation

Residents take an early morning walk along the new Playa Drain Trail | Photo courtesy Playa Drain Trail/Facebook

Study: El Paso among best US Cities for walkability, outdoor recreation

According to a new study by CommercialCafe, El Paso is tops among Texas cities and in the top 15 nationally for walkability.

“Parks and walkability have always been extremely important for the physical and mental wellbeing of our cities’ residents, but especially in the past year, when we didn’t get many other forms of recreation,” Commercial Cafe officials shared Monday.

“We considered U.S cities with a population of a least 300,000, scoring them for walkability metrics, as well as data on park land ratios, totals and investment.”

El Paso received a total score of 46.13 points, which placed the city in 13th place.  Study officials say the city’s highest-scoring attributes  were the percentage of park land of city area and park acres per 1,000 residents ratio

Here are some highlights:

  • Out of the 58 cities we looked at, El Paso closed up the top 15, with a total score of 41.13 points out of 100, overtaking cities like Austin (#32), Houston (#33), and Dallas (#46).
  • The city’s strongest suits were park area ratios and the trail index. Parks in El Paso account for 19.44% of the total city area, with 44.5 park acres per 1,000 residents.
  • Overall, the top 15 is headed by New Orleans in 1st place, followed by Washington D.C. and Minneapolis.

Albuquerque was the highest-scoring of the four western U.S. cities that made the top 15.

“With a score of 54.67 points out of 100, the high desert New Mexico city is an outdoor enthusiast’s dream — more than 300 days of sunshine each year in which to enjoy the city’s nearly 300 parks,” study officials shared.

For the full study and their detailed methodology, click here.

Top US Cities for Walkability & Outdoor Leisure Potential

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