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2022’s Greenest Cities in America

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by Colaborador EMedia

Adam McCann, Financial Writer

“Green” living means a choice to engage in cleaner, more sustainable habits in order to preserve the planet as much as possible. Around 53% of Americans think that protecting the environment should be prioritized above economic growth. The good news is that the market for renewable energy is growing.

Clean energy and other “green” practices, such as recycling programs and urban agriculture, help create jobs and benefit both the environment and public health, all of which contribute to America’s bottom line. Recognizing those advantages, cities across the U.S. have increased their sustainability efforts and benefited economically.

To determine the cities promoting an environmentally friendly lifestyle, WalletHub compared the 100 largest cities across 28 key “green” indicators. Our data set ranges from greenhouse-gas emissions per capita to number of smart-energy policies and initiatives to green job opportunities.

Green Cities in the U.S.

Overall Rank*
City Total Score  Environment  Transportation  Energy Sources  Lifestyle & Policy 
1 San Diego, CA 70.19 4 29 2 11
2 Portland, OR 69.04 24 12 13 1
3 Honolulu, HI 68.59 3 2 27 16
4 Fremont, CA 68.52 1 16 4 30
5 Washington, DC 67.83 9 8 16 12
6 Oakland, CA 67.69 22 13 3 9
7 Seattle, WA 67.13 47 11 12 2
8 San Francisco, CA 67.02 32 3 18 3
9 Irvine, CA 66.35 12 31 4 8
10 San Jose, CA 64.89 14 40 1 33
11 Minneapolis, MN 64.49 21 1 28 17
12 Sacramento, CA 63.48 64 15 14 7
13 Buffalo, NY 60.29 28 4 39 19
14 Denver, CO 60.14 74 10 21 10
15 Albuquerque, NM 59.96 10 64 22 31
16 Anaheim, CA 59.91 54 23 4 28
17 Madison, WI 59.32 5 7 57 29
18 Long Beach, CA 59.18 87 9 10 23
19 Riverside, CA 58.63 73 62 17 4
20 Bakersfield, CA 57.87 83 21 19 13
21 San Bernardino, CA 57.43 67 49 4 22
22 Chula Vista, CA 56.66 58 67 9 39
23 Austin, TX 56.54 31 37 36 27
24 Boston, MA 56.47 15 14 35 57
25 Fresno, CA 56.20 82 72 15 5
26 New York, NY 56.19 60 35 33 21
27 Stockton, CA 56.03 68 96 24 6
28 Orlando, FL 55.55 49 5 63 18
29 St. Paul, MN 55.52 26 47 25 60
30 Los Angeles, CA 55.42 84 87 11 20
31 Lincoln, NE 55.13 18 17 31 92
32 Baltimore, MD 54.21 34 38 62 14
33 Cincinnati, OH 54.10 19 24 87 15
34 Boise, ID 53.12 79 22 23 51
35 Reno, NV 52.92 51 42 37 43
36 Atlanta, GA 52.82 25 25 55 38
37 Pittsburgh, PA 52.73 16 18 72 36
38 Las Vegas, NV 52.73 88 32 20 45
39 Colorado Springs, CO 52.41 50 48 34 47
40 Philadelphia, PA 52.03 36 34 70 24
41 Anchorage, AK 51.68 57 41 50 32
42 Aurora, CO 51.29 72 27 26 63
43 Santa Ana, CA 51.27 95 56 4 34
44 San Antonio, TX 50.23 63 63 30 61
45 Laredo, TX 49.51 65 33 43 73
46 Omaha, NE 48.71 20 46 59 81
47 Kansas City, MO 48.62 46 30 68 54
48 El Paso, TX 48.36 38 60 54 83
49 Charlotte, NC 48.15 29 59 58 56
50 Tampa, FL 48.08 43 20 94 37
51 Milwaukee, WI 47.62 35 28 81 67
52 Birmingham, AL 47.58 6 50 92 50
53 Scottsdale, AZ 47.53 62 54 76 40
54 Irving, TX 47.52 61 52 43 72
55 Nashville, TN 47.39 17 68 61 86
56 Garland, TX 47.39 42 58 43 89
57 St. Louis, MO 47.25 40 88 66 41
58 New Orleans, LA 47.23 52 39 64 64
59 Wichita, KS 47.16 37 97 40 97
60 Lexington-Fayette, KY 47.11 8 73 91 95
61 Chicago, IL 46.97 78 51 56 26
62 Raleigh, NC 46.94 27 84 69 46
63 Indianapolis, IN 46.88 41 71 65 52
64 Toledo, OH 46.85 11 36 97 84
65 Tucson, AZ 46.69 80 19 73 42
66 Virginia Beach, VA 46.63 2 98 89 49
67 Durham, NC 46.23 53 78 60 79
68 Lubbock, TX 46.13 71 66 43 65
69 Jersey City, NJ 46.11 91 6 99 35
70 Cleveland, OH 46.11 33 43 86 62
71 Columbus, OH 45.98 39 44 82 74
72 Phoenix, AZ 45.78 85 86 38 48
73 North Las Vegas, NV 45.61 77 75 32 94
74 Tulsa, OK 45.36 92 45 29 100
75 Miami, FL 45.29 89 26 88 25
76 Fort Wayne, IN 45.28 45 77 90 93
77 St. Petersburg, FL 45.15 30 80 80 78
78 Jacksonville, FL 45.08 13 53 93 91
79 Memphis, TN 44.78 44 70 67 88
80 Plano, TX 44.72 70 99 43 55
80 Chesapeake, VA 44.72 7 95 95 85
82 Winston-Salem, NC 44.45 23 90 74 98
83 Henderson, NV 44.39 66 83 42 87
84 Louisville, KY 43.58 55 57 83 66
85 Dallas, TX 43.52 86 76 52 53
86 Norfolk, VA 43.49 48 85 95 75
87 Fort Worth, TX 43.18 75 82 53 69
88 Corpus Christi, TX 42.77 81 93 43 80
89 Detroit, MI 42.33 56 61 84 82
90 Arlington, TX 42.22 69 100 43 70
91 Oklahoma City, OK 41.94 93 65 41 90
92 Greensboro, NC 41.91 59 94 75 77
93 Houston, TX 38.66 97 91 51 59
94 Newark, NJ 38.42 94 69 85 58
95 Chandler, AZ 38.19 96 81 76 44
96 Hialeah, FL 37.38 76 89 98 99
97 Baton Rouge, LA 36.69 90 55 100 96
98 Mesa, AZ 35.54 98 74 71 71
99 Glendale, AZ 34.73 100 79 76 76
100 Gilbert, AZ 34.68 99 92 76 68

Note: *No. 1 = Greenest
With the exception of “Total Score,” all of the columns in the table above depict the relative rank of that city, where a rank of 1 represents the best conditions for that metric category.

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