A recent Gallup Healthways report ranked America’s cities with an “Active Living” score that included data on how many sidewalks, bike lanes and paths, public transportation options, and parks were available in each community. This active living score not only shows how friendly the city is for outdoor activities, but can also show which cities can keep you healthier as you age, encourage athletic performance, and discourage health issues such as diabetes and obesity.
So how did Columbus score? We were ranked 35th out of 48 cities polled. We scored highest on our bike score, very well on our park score, with moderately good walkability and lowest on our public transit scores.
If outdoor activity and lasting good health are a factor in your home-buying choices, Central Ohio has a beautiful Metro Parks system and miles of bike lanes and bike paths in many neighborhoods. Harder to find may be communities with sidewalk access to schools, parks, and shopping. If public transportation appeals to you, comparing prospective neighborhoods with COTA bus line maps will give you a good idea if the homes for sale will be convenient to public transportation.
Lorri Molnar would love to help you find the Active Living community in Central Ohio that is just right for you!
Want to see how other communities stacked up? Visit Gallup’s website and see for yourself.