As home buyers begin to focus on energy saving features in their homes, personal finance website WalletHub's Richie Bernardo analyzed the greenest cities in the nation to determine where environmental efforts have the most impact. The study looked at the 100 largest cities and ranked them based on factors of sustainability, ranging from “greenhouse-gas emissions per capita” to “number of smart-energy policies and initiatives.”
WalletHub gave BUILDER a closer look at some of the findings:
- Honolulu has the lowest median air-quality index, 34, which is 2.9 times lower than in Riverside and San Bernardino, Calif., the cities with the highest, 97.
- Anchorage, Alaska, has the most green space, 84.2 percent, which is 63 times more than in North Las Vegas, Nev., the city with the least, 1.3 percent.
- Lubbock, Texas, has the lowest annual excess fuel consumption, 4 gallons per auto commuter, which is 9 times lower than in New York, Washington as well as Newark and Jersey City, N.J., the cities with the highest, each at 35 gallons per auto commuter.
- Minneapolis has the highest bike score, 81, which is 2.8 times higher than in Birmingham, Ala., the city with the lowest, 29.
- New York has the highest walk score, 89, which is 4.2 times higher than in Chesapeake, Va., the city with the lowest, 21.
- Honolulu has the most farmers markets per capita, 0.131, which is 69.7 times higher than in Newark, N.J., the city with the lowest, 0.002.