ARLINGTON, Va. – D.C.-region named most ‘walkable’.  Caitlin Jones and her fiance, Evan Oxfeld, grew up in suburbs where getting anywhere worth going required a car. When the couple started looking for their first home together, they wanted something different: walkability.

Kristine Bruce, of Arlington, Va., left, walks her son David Bruce, 2, through the Arlington neighborhood of Clarendon, Va., Monday, Dec. 3, 2007.

"For me at least, that was the thing I missed most about college – just being able to walk everywhere," Oxfeld said as he and Jones strolled through Arlington’s Ballston neighborhood, where they are moving into a condo.

Young professionals like Jones and Oxfeld, both 24, are driving a national trend toward more walkable communities, says the author of a report to be released Tuesday by the Brookings Institution. The report ranks the Washington region first among the country’s major metropolitan areas in the number of "walkable places" per capita, thanks to changes in just the past 15 years.