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10 Greenest Cities in America (and the Worst)

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WalletHub has put together its annual list of cities "that most encourage an environmentally friendly lifestyle." WalletHub analysts compared 100 cities using 13 key metrics "from greenhouse-gas emissions per capita to the number of smart-energy policies and initiatives."

Source: WalletHub

WalletHub finds that going green is a great way to promote job growth. They cite statistics from the Union of Concerned Scientists, which found that renewable energy creates more jobs than the fossil fuel industry, and the Solar Foundation, which found the solar industry has created jobs at a rate nearly 20 times faster than the national economy.

Here are the top 10 most sustainable cities:

  • New York, NY
  • Portland, OR
  • San Francisco, CA
  • Washington, DC
  • Honolulu, HI
  • Seattle, WA
  • Minneapolis, MN
  • Boston, MA
  • Oakland, CA
  • Fremont, CA

Here are the top 10 least sustainable cities:

  • Memphis, TN
  • Bakersfield, CA
  • Glendale, AZ
  • Jacksonville, FL
  • Chandler, AZ
  • Hialeah, FL
  • Louisville, KY
  • Indianapolis, IN
  • Gilbert, AZ
  • Baton Rouge, LA

Here's how some of the cities ranked in the following categories:

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