Sick of getting your crap stolen, or maybe just tired of college kids stopping by during dinner to sell over-priced books, bug spray, and security systems?
Those actually may be the least of your concerns.
I know many of you have taken time to prepare yourself and your family and the last thing you want to happen if times get tough is for people to walk on over to your house looking for a handout. I’m not promoting selfishness – just not many people prepare for a million!
Let me introduce you to a handy tool I just found that will help you know if your home is within walking distance of moochers!
NOTE: I did go ahead and tweak it a little to make it more prepper-friendly ;)
The WALK SCORE
Maybe you have heard of the Walk Score already, I hadn’t until about a week ago.
During one of my searches for a dream home I can’t afford, I happened to notice I could find out my homes Walk Score. I couldn’t resist and had to find out what that meant!
The Walk Score website is dedicated to helping you find a home that is within walking or biking distance of everything you could possible need.
Here are some of the things they mention that make a neighborhood walkable:
- A center: Walkable neighborhoods have a center, whether it’s a main street or a public space.
- People: Enough people for businesses to flourish and for public transit to run frequently.
- Mixed income, mixed use: Affordable housing located near businesses.
- Parks and public space: Plenty of public places to gather and play.
- Pedestrian design: Buildings are close to the street, parking lots are relegated to the back.
- Schools and workplaces: Close enough that most residents can walk from their homes.
- Complete streets: Streets designed for bicyclists, pedestrians, and transit.
I don’t know about you, but most of the things they mentioned are what I try to stay AWAY from when purchasing a home! Being crammed right-up next to someone else is not what I consider ideal living. I’ve lived in areas where it’s been too close for comfort and it’s something I’ve tried to avoid if at all possible.
To give the Walk Score some credit, here are a few benefits to the sardine-style lifestyle they want you to live:
- People in walkable neighborhoods weigh 6-10 lbs less.
- Walkable places make you happier and healthier.
- Short commutes reduce stress and increase community involvement.
I was finally understanding their point and started to pack my family up and move to the inner city, until I read their TOP 5 cities to live!
New York – 85
San Francisco – 85
Boston – 79
Chicago – 74
Philadelphia – 74
Maybe if it weren’t for the fact that I just got back from San Francisco I would be a little more understanding. Unless getting high from marijuana by just walking down the streets is on your list – San Francisco may not be for you. That’s just the beginning, I could write a whole post about each of those cities.
Don’t get me wrong, these cities are beautiful and fun to visit, just not places I would move my family by choice!
More People = More Chaos
(That’s just basic math :) – Yes, I stole that line from Porter Ridge!
I’m not saying you can’t be prepared if you live in tight spaces, I just wouldn’t go out of my way to move to a place that has an A+ Walk Score.
If you do live in one of the cities mentioned above or a crowded place it’s even more reason for you to be prepared! Things can go from peaceful to chaotic very fast, so having a plan is a must! You may need to be a little more creative with your preparations, but it’s possible! Consider checking out the Apartment Prepper for some ideas on city prepping!
Walk Score Description:
|90–100||Walker’s Paradise Daily errands do not require a car.|
|70–89||Very Walkable Most errands can be accomplished on foot.|
|50–69||Somewhat Walkable Some errands can be accomplished on foot.|
|25–49||Car-Dependent Most errands require a car.|
|0–24||Car-Dependent Almost all errands require a car.|
Prepper Score Description:
Here’s how to read the chart if you’re a prepper (or if you’re just tired of getting your crap stolen ;)
|90–100||Prepper’s Nightmare! Daily break-ins & You’re the 1st stop for people when TEOWASKI happens.|
|70–89||Very Walkable Most break-ins can be accomplished on foot & everyone knows your location.|
|50–69||Somewhat Walkable Some break-ins can be accomplished on foot & a few people know where you live.|
|25–49||Car-Dependent Most break-ins require a car, and only family and close friends know your location.|
|0–24||Prepper’s Paradise – No one knows, cares, or will ever be able to find where you live!|
My Walk Score:
- Where I Grew-Up – 41
- Went to College – 57
- Go Hunting – 10
- Currently Live – 37
- Dream Home - 22
What do you think? Does your Walk Score matter when choosing a home?
Take the TEST to find out your score and share your thoughts below!
This is one test you’re allowed to FAIL!!! (Lowest score WINS ;)
P.S. Bonus points for anyone who can recognize the home in the 1st picture!