New York Tops Green Cities in America

October 14, 2015

October is National Energy Awareness Month and 71 percent of Americans today supporting efforts to protect the environment according to the personal finance website WalletHub. Today, WalletHug released its 2015’s Greenest Cities in America report with New York City topping the list of Green Cities and Boston at number 8 according to the report. Honolulu rates with the best air quality. Sorry Baton Rouge but you are at the bottom of the Green Cities list.New_York's_Central_Park,_Southwest

To identify the cities that most encourage an environmentally friendly lifestyle, WalletHub analyzed the 100 most populated U.S. cities across 13 key metrics, ranging from greenhouse-gas emissions per capita to the number of smart-energy policies and initiatives.

Greenest Cities in America
1. New York, NY
2. Portland, OR
3. San Francisco, CA
4. Washington, DC
5. Honolulu, HI
6. Seattle, WA
7. Minneapolis, MN
8. Boston, MA
9. Oakland, CA
10. Fremont, CA

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Least Green Cities in America
91. Memphis, TN
92. Bakersfield, CA
93. Glendale, AZ
94. Jacksonville, FL
95. Chandler, AZ
96. Hialeah, FL
97. Louisville, KY
98. Indianapolis, IN
99. Gilbert, AZ
100. Baton Rouge, LA

Key Green Cities Stats

  • The median air quality index is three times higher in Riverside, Calif., which has the worst air quality, than in Honolulu, which has the best.800px-Kakaako_Waterfront_Park_very_top_20100517
  • The green space (percentage of parkland) is 35 times higher in Fremont, Calif., than in Hialeah, Fla.
  • The percentage of commuters who drive is four times higher in Chesapeake, Va., than in New York.
  • The excess gallons of fuel consumed per auto commuter is nine times higher in New York, than in Lubbock, Texas.
  • The bike score in Minneapolis is three times higher than in Birmingham, Ala.
  • New York is four times more walkable than Chesapeake, Va.

For the full report and to see where your city ranks visit:
https://wallethub.com/edu/most-least-green-cities/16246/

Photo credits: New York City – Wikimedia Commons; Boston – iStock.com/Denis Tangney Jr;  Honolulu – By Daniel Ramirez from Honolulu, USA (Flickr) [CC BY 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

 

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