Top 10 Eco-Friendly Cities in the US

 

Written by Mat McDermott

There’s a new survey of the greenest US cities out, ranking them on per-capita availability of eco-friendly services, as well as the premium charged by some green businesses. The very top results aren’t all that surprising, but some of the top ten are, both in which cities are included and which aren’t.

According to Thumbtack, a site self-described as “where you can easily hire local help,” ranked US cities based on availability of solar panel installation, bicycle repair, chemical-free house cleaning, organic catering, electronics recycling, chemical-free pest control, chemical-free carpet cleaning, sustainable interior design, green architects, and home energy audits.

Some of the perhaps counter-intuitive results of the survey Thumbtack is highlighting include: 1) The fact that in terms of the availability of bike repair versus auto repair Virginia Beach, Sacramento, and Charlotte NC take the top three spots; and, 2) Las Vegas leads the nation, by a wide margin, in the per capita availability of green architectural services.

As or the premium paid for green services (adjusted for regional price differences), Thumbtack found that green house cleaning costs 20% more than non-green cleaning, green architects charge 14% more for their services (outside of an increased cost due to materials), and green landscaping services charge 11% more than their chemical-spraying brethren.

Based on that criteria here are the top 10 eco-friendliest cities in the nation:

1. San Francisco

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2. Oakland

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3. San Jose

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4. Las Vegas

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5. Raleigh, NC

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6. Columbus, OH

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7. Seattle

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8. Kansas City, MO

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9. Denver

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10. San Diego

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This post was originally published by TreeHugger.

 

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79 comments

Louis T.
Louis T.3 years ago

What happen to the No.1 in New Mexico? Friendly went there looking for an address,person said follow me,drove about 5 miles to destination. Left a restuarant,walking out the door,i reached for my pack of gum,local native walking out the door, reached over,smiled and said I'll have one. Now that's friendly. SANTA FE ,NEW MEXICO.

Louis T.
Louis T.3 years ago

What happen to the No.1 in New Mexico? Friendly went there looking for an address,person said follow me,drove about 5 miles to destination. Left a restuarant,walking out the door,i reached for my pack of gum,local native walking out the door, reached over,smiled and said I'll have one. Now that's friendly. SANTA FE ,NEW MEXICO.

Louis T.
Louis T.3 years ago

What happen to the No.1 in New Mexico? Friendly went there looking for an address,person said follow me,drove about 5 miles to destination. Left a restuarant,walking out the door,i reached for my pack of gum,local native walking out the door, reached over,smiled and said I'll have one. Now that's friendly. SANTA FE ,NEW MEXICO.

Kathy Perez
Kathy Johnson3 years ago

Vegas? seriously?

Sarah M.
Sarah M.4 years ago

How exactly does Las Vegas make the cut?

Monica D.
M D.4 years ago

I suggest adding to the criteria: sustainable transport % use, and number (per capita) of vegetarian/vegan restaurants.

janet T.
janet t.4 years ago

The pictures were pretty, but couldn't you put the list on one page, for those of us who can read??

Eric Luu
Eric Luu4 years ago

Thanks for sharing! Las Vegas surprised me.

Eric Luu
Eric Luu4 years ago

Thanks for sharing! I was surprised with Las Vegas.

Carole Cherne
Carole Cherne4 years ago

30% of these cities are within 100 miles of each other. Way to go Bay Area!