Best U.S. Cities for Public Transit, Living Without a Car

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2014 Transit Score chart from

Walk Score, an organization that evaluates the walkability of communities throughout the U.S., Canada and Australia, has announced its 2014 Transit Score rankings of U.S. cities with such good public transit systems that owning a car is truly optional.

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(The number in parenthesis is the city's Transit Score on a 0 to 100 scale with 100 being the best possible score.)

1. New York (81)

2. San Francisco (80)

3. Boston (75)

4. Washington, D.C. (70)

5. Philadelphia (67)

6. Chicago (65)

7. Miami and Minneapolis (tied at 58)

9. Baltimore and Seattle (tied at 57)

Walk Score's complete list can be found on its 2014 City & Neighborhood Rankings page.

Worth noting: Washington, D.C., New York and Philadelphia are also members of the AARP Network of Age-Friendly Communities.

A fun (or maybe not-so-fun) fact: According to the AAA, the typical American car owner spends $9,859 per year on auto expenses. ("That's the equivalent of carrying a $135,000 mortgage," explains Walk Score.)

Visit to find a Walk Score for your city, town or neighborhood, or even a specific address.

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Melissa Stanton
Melissa Stanton is a project manager on the AARP Livable Communities Team and editor of

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