With a walk score of 95, Georgia State University is Atlanta's most walkable neighborhood. The area has nearly 150 restaurants, bars and coffee shops, of which about 20 can be reached within five minutes. The neighborhood also has excellent transit options (transit score of 77). Bikers will find the area very convenient (bike score of 82).
Photo: John Spink
Photo: John Spink

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Atlanta, the nation’s ninth-largest metropolitan area, is a region characterized mostly by sprawling suburban and rural landscapes rather than walkable urban areas.

However, there are still places avid walkers and bike-lovers can call home, according to a report. Although metro Atlanta is largely car-dependent, the city boasts several neighborhoods that don’t require a car to complete day-to-day tasks.

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Atlanta ranks no. 21 among most-walkable large cities in the U.S., according to Walk Score. The index measures the walkability of cities and neighborhoods across the country using  scores from zero to 100 based on the distance to amenities, access to transit and availability of bike lanes and road connectivity.

Here are Atlanta’s top 10 most walkable neighborhoods

1. Georgia State University

2. Peachtree Center

3. Buckhead Village

4. Sweet Auburn

5. South Downtown

6. SoNo (South of North Avenue)

7. Midtown

8. Inman Park

9. Castleberry Hill

10. Old Fourth Ward

The report ranked the heart of downtown Atlanta, specifically Georgia State University, as the city's most walkable neighborhood.

In addition to the nearly 1,000 residents, approximately 4,100 Georgia State University students live on campus in downtown Atlanta, according to the university's housing department. The area has nearly 150 restaurants, bars and coffee shops of which about 20 can be reached within five minutes.

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The neighborhood also connects residents to Five Points, one of MARTA's busiest metro rail stations, and the new Atlanta Streetcar.

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Lauren Colley contributed to this story.

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