Ithaca is considered one of the best U.S. cities to live car-free, according to a just-released index by City Lab. Ithaca ranks first among 382 U.S. metropolitan areas for having the largest population of people choosing alternative options for their daily transportation needs.
The index looks at “the share of households that don’t have access to their own vehicle, the share of commuters who take transit to work, the share of commuters who bike to work, and the share of commuters who walk to work.” Categorized as a “very small metro” (cities with populations less than 250,000) by journalist and creator of the index Richard Florida, Ithaca not only beat out cities of similar sizes but also ranked higher than Boston, New York and San Francisco.
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