n. A measure of how amenable a neighborhood is to walking.
62: The site's current walkscore, out of 100, which is categorized as "somewhat walkable." The number will undoubtedly improve once tenants and retail users continue to fill in the neighborhood.
—Katie Burke, “Numbers to know for Alamo Manhattan's new River Walk residential development,” San Antonio Business Journal, October 29, 2015
Meanwhile, employers on the Baltimore Magazine list highlight commuting options with about the same frequency as company picnics and employer-paid pet insurance. Of the top 25, there are only eight employers with a walkscore rating over 70. A high walkscore can indicate whether an employee can walk to a place to eat, to live, or a central bus or transit line from their workplace.
—Jeff La Noue, “The real 'best places to work' have great commuting options, too,” Greater Greater Washington, March 06, 2014
This could partially explain downtown Santa Monica’s enormously large VC investment, which is the second-largest concentration in Southern California: its overall Walkscore is 82, with its downtown core — which harvests some $286M in VC investment monies — holding an astounding 95 (still above Long Beach’s highest-marking area, Downtown, at 89).
—Brian Addison, “The Tech Boom Comes to Everywhere in SoCal–But Long Beach,” Streetsblog LA, August 22, 2013
2007 (earliest)
My neighborhood got a Walkscore of 27/100.
—Jim Hicks, “My neighborhood…,” Twitter, July 22, 2007
This term comes from the website Walk Score, which launched in July 2007. Walkscores range from 0 ("car-dependent") to 100 ("walker's paradise"). For the record, the walkscore of Word Spy World Headquarters is 92.

This post celebrates World Urbanism Day (some folks — probably town planners — call it World Town Planning Day), which falls on November 8th each year. This Sunday, be sure to hug an urbanist (or a town planner).