Ithaca, a college town with about 30,000 residents in upstate New York’s Finger Lakes region and the home of Cornell University and Ithaca College, ranks first among U.S. college towns for the percentage of workers who commute on foot, according to the U.S. Census Bureau analyzed by The SpareFoot Blog.

It also leads the American Institute for Economic Research’s list of the top college towns in the U.S.

“I typically walk when the weather makes it uncomfortable or less practical to ride my bike. So, during the winter months when there is lots of snow on the ground, I tend to walk to work on average three out of five days a week,” the tourism coordinator for Tompkins County, NY, told Spare Foot.


Jeff Stein

Jeff Stein is the founder and former editor of the Ithaca Voice.