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Title: Walkability Index
Abstract: The Walkability Index dataset characterizes every Census 2019 block group in the U.S. based on its relative walkability. Walkability depends upon characteristics of the built environment that influence the likelihood of walking being used as a mode of travel. The Walkability Index is based on the EPA's previous data product, the Smart Location Database (SLD). Block group data from the SLD was the only input into the Walkability Index, and consisted of four variables from the SLD weighted in a formula to create the new Walkability Index. This dataset shares the SLD's block group boundary definitions from Census 2019. The methodology describing the process of creating the Walkability Index can be found in the documents located at https://edg.epa.gov/EPADataCommons/public/OA/WalkabilityIndex.zip. You can also learn more about the Smart Location Database at https://www.epa.gov/smartgrowth/smart-location-mapping.
Purpose: The Walkability Index is intended to help address a growing demand for data products and tools that enable users to consistently compare multiple places based on their suitability for walking as a means of travel. It may be of use as source data for transportation or land use sketch planning tools.
Open/Close section Distribution Information
Resource(Server) URL: https://edg.epa.gov/EPADataCommons/public/OA/EPA_SmartLocationDatabase_V3_Jan_2021_Final.csv
Download URL: https://edg.epa.gov/EPADataCommons/public/OA/WalkabilityIndex.zip
Reference URL: https://geodata.epa.gov/arcgis/rest/services/OA/WalkabilityIndex/MapServer
Website URL: https://www.epa.gov/smartgrowth/national-walkability-index-user-guide-and-methodology
Open/Close section Time Period of Content
Publication Date: 20210513
Progress: Completed
Frequency: irregular
Open/Close section Date Range
Begin Date: 2019
Currentness: Ground condition
Open/Close section Spatial Domain
West Bounding Longitude: -180.000000
East Bounding Longitude: 180.000000
North Bounding Latitude: 90.000000
South Bounding Latitude: 2.969871
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Open/Close section Constraints
License https://edg.epa.gov/EPA_Data_License.html
Access: None.
Use: None. Please check sources, scale, accuracy, currentness and other available information. Please confirm that you are using the most recent copy of both data and metadata. Acknowledgement of the EPA would be appreciated.
Open/Close section Theme Keywords
Theme Topics: Human Health and Disease, Cultural, Society and Demography, Transportation Networks
Open/Close section Contact Information
Originator: US Environmental Protection Agency
Organization: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Office of Sustainable Communities
Person: John V. Thomas
Email: thomas.john@epa.gov
Address Type: mailing and physical address
City: Washington
State: DC
Postal Code: 20460
Telephone: 202-564-6677
Open/Close section Metadata Reference Information
File Identifier: {251AFDD9-23A7-4068-9B27-A3048A7E6012}
Metadata Date Stamp: 2017-04-20
Metadata Standard Name: FGDC Content Standard for Digital Geospatial Metadata
Metadata Standard Version: FGDC-STD-001-1998