Walk Score has just released its 2011 rankings of the most walkable cities in the United States. Though the data is for the U.S. only, it is an excellent example of the growing trend toward better collection and communication of health and quality of life information at the community and even neighborhood level, using understandable analytics and simple online tools. Imagine similar rankings for sociability, access to nature, longevity, and other health and quality of life measures, all compiled into community profiles and accessible for everyone to see and consider. This coming convergence is sure to promote greater transparency, new quality of life debates, and ultimately better health outcomes in communities around the world. Learn more about the new walkability rankings and check out the cool maps and tools at Most Walkable Cities – and take a walk already!
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