With October being National Energy Awareness Month and 53% of Americans saying protecting the environment should be prioritized above economic growth, the personal-finance website WalletHub released its report on 2022’s Greenest Cities in America, as well as accompanying videos and expert commentary.
To determine which cities promote a “green” lifestyle, WalletHub compared the 100 largest U.S. cities across 28 key indicators of environmental friendliness and sustainability. The data set ranges from greenhouse-gas emissions per capita to green job opportunities to number of smart-energy policies and initiatives.
|Greenest Cities in America||Least Green Cities in America|
|1. San Diego, CA||91. Oklahoma City, OK|
|2. Portland, OR||92. Greensboro, NC|
|3. Honolulu, HI||93. Houston, TX|
|4. Fremont, CA||94. Newark, NJ|
|5. Washington, DC||95. Chandler, AZ|
|6. Oakland, CA||96. Hialeah, FL|
|7. Seattle, WA||97. Baton Rouge, LA|
|8. San Francisco, CA||98. Mesa, AZ|
|9. Irvine, CA||99. Glendale, AZ|
|10. San Jose, CA||100. Gilbert, AZ|
Best vs. Worst
- Lubbock, Texas, has the lowest median air-quality index, 25, which is four times lower than in Phoenix, Mesa, Chandler, Gilbert, Glendale and Scottsdale, Arizona, the cities with the highest at 101 (Lowest index = Best).
- Anchorage, Alaska, has the most green space, 80.27 percent, which is 46.1 times more than in Hialeah, Florida, the city with the least at 1.74 percent.
- San Francisco has the highest walk score, 89, which is 4.2 times higher than in Chesapeake, Virginia, the city with the lowest at 21.
- Honolulu has the most farmers markets (per square root of population), 0.118801, which is 74.9 times more than in Arlington, Texas, the city with the fewest at 0.001587.
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