10 Cities Where You Can Retire Without A Car
The ferries make for some picturesque background, but it's the city's bulked-up light rail and buses that have made living in town a sweet dream. Already dense neighborhoods in Pioneer Square, Belltown, South Lake Union, Capital Hill and North Beacon Hill have benefited from added rail service, while Freemont, Ballard and the university district are eagerly awaiting their rail spurs. Sure, the rail will get you to Pike Place Market and down to the waterfront, but it's getting a lot more useful for mundane tasks such as grocery getting as well.
Walk Score: 74.3
Transit Score: 65
The neighborhoods near Lake Michigan are packed with enough amenities to make them easily car free, but it's the Chicago Transit Authority's bus and subway system that keeps cars parked away for months. About 4% of residents in the extreme West and South of the city still need a car to get anywhere, but folks in Wrigleyville, Lincoln Park, Bucktown, Wicker Park, Old Town, North Center and just about anywhere along the city's expansive rail lines don't need the hassle.
Walk Score: 74.1
Transit Score: 68