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Researchers use Walk Score data to study the effects of the built environment on public health.

The following selected public health research uses Walk Score data or is related to walkability and public health. Walk Score data is used to study the links between the built environment and physical activity, the built environment and obesity, and the built environment and diabetes. Walk Score data can also be used to study the effects of food deserts, park deserts, or how access to public transit influences public health.

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Selected Research

  • "Street Smart Walk Score is a strongly significant predictor of MVPA (moderate to vigorous physical activity)"
    Larry Frank (2011) Walk Score Across the Life-Span, Active Living Research
  • "The only variable that was statistically significant is the Walk Score index (p=0.048), indicating cities with a higher accessibility of amenities within walking distance are likely to have 1.9% lower rates of adult obesity."
    Daniel Murray (2011) Active Transportation Networks and Obesity Rates. University of Colorado, Denver
  • "Increasing levels of walkability decrease the risks of excess weight. Approximately doubling the proportion of neighborhood residents walking to work decreases an individual's risk of obesity by almost 10%. Adding a decade to the average age of neighborhood housing decreases women's risk of obesity by about 8% and men's by 13%."
    Ken R. Smith, Barbara B. Brown, Ikuho Yamada, Lori Kowaleski-Jones, Cathleen D. Zick, and Jessie X. Fan (2008) Walkability and Body Mass Index. American Journal of Preventive Medicine
  • "Together with many other studies, our analysis provides evidence of the population-level health benefits of active travel. Policies on transport, land-use, and urban development should be designed to encourage walking and cycling for daily travel."
    John Pucher, Ralph Buehler, David R. Bassett, and Andrew L. Dannenberg (2010) Walking and Cycling to Health: A Comparative Analysis of City, State, and International Data, American Journal of Public Health
  • "A 10 point increase in Walk Score is associated with 9 more minutes per week of walking."
    Jana A. Hirsch, Kari A. Moore, Kelly R. Evenson, Daniel A. Rodriguez, and Ana V. Diez Roux (2013) Walk Score and Transit Score and Walking in the Multi-Ethnic Study of Atherosclerosis, American Journal of Preventive Medicine

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