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41% of DC Residents Live 5 Minutes From a Grocery Store

  • March 26, 2014

by UrbanTurf Staff

41% of DC Residents Live 5 Minutes From a Grocery Store: Figure 1
Foggy Bottom Whole Foods

41 percent of DC residents live within a five-minute walk of a grocery store, a report out from WalkScore revealed on Wednesday.

DC ranked fifth behind Boston (45%), Philadelphia (57%), San Francisco (59%) and New York City (72%). The ranking only analyzed cities with over 500,000 people.

To calculate the percent of residents in a city with access to healthy food, Walk Score used population data and city boundaries from the U.S. Census, a list of grocery stores from Google, among other sources, and also calculated many millions of walking routes with its Travel Time application programming interface (API). In an effort to include only stores that sell produce, the company used algorithmic filters and crowdsourcing to remove convenience stores from the calculation.

The worst cities for access to grocery stores were Indianapolis and Oklahoma City, where just 5 percent of residents live within a five-minute walk of a store.

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