This Is America's 'Greenest' City

San Francisco tops WalletHub's California-dominant list
By Arden Dier,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 8, 2019 9:45 AM CDT
Most, Least 'Green' Cities in America
A rainbow is shown in front of the skyline in San Francisco on Jan. 23, 2017.   (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

The Golden State might be more appropriately called green, according to WalletHub. The site looked at 28 "green" indicators—including water and air quality, greenhouse gas emissions, annual excess fuel consumption, and the share of electricity from renewable sources—in America's 100 largest cities to find those that are most environmentally friendly. The majority of the top 10 are in California, while none at the bottom of the list are. The five most and least green cities, with a score out of 100:

Most green:

  1. San Francisco: 72.5
  2. San Diego: 72
  3. Irvine, Calif.: 69.8
  4. Washington, DC: 68.8
  5. San Jose, Calif.: 68.4

Least green:

  1. Baton Rouge, La.: 35.4
  2. Corpus Christi, Texas: 36.3
  3. Toledo, Ohio: 37.8
  4. Lexington-Fayette, Ky.: 39.5
  5. Mesa, Ariz.: 39.8
See the full list here, or see 15 cities likely to turn to wastelands this century, if global warming patterns continue as expected. (Read more environment stories.)

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