Dallas’ lack of sidewalks and abysmal walk scores kept it from making Zillow’s list of top cities for trick or treating. I have several great memories of trick or treating, but the all involved piling into the bed of a slow-moving pickup truck and cruising through the neighborhood. We rarely walked between houses, because if you did that, it would take you all night to fill your pillowcase with treats.
That’s probably what fueled the thinking of Zillow statisticians who came out with this year’s list of the top 20 cities for trick or treating. They measured cities based on their Zillow Home Value Index, population density, Walk Score and local crime data from Relocation Essentials. “Based on these variables, the Index represents cities that will provide the most candy, with the fewest walking and safety risks,” the website said.
Ranking No. 1 for the third year in a row is San Francisco, with Boston and Honolulu ranking second and third, respectively. Some choices that are kind of surprising to me include Washington, D.C. (8), Miami (14), and Baltimore (19).
You’d think that because of the many wealthy enclaves that are incredibly walkable (Hello, Park Cities, Lakewood, and Uptown) that Dallas would have ranked somewhere close. Of course, we shouldn’t feel too bad because not a single Texas city made the list. They don’t know what they’re missing, right?
Still, this list isn’t surprising because it has the same cities as last year, just in a slightly different order.
To see the full breakdown, visit Zillow’s site.