Cars.com Names 2010 Green Cities

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In its third year, Cars.com’s ranking of the greenest U.S. cities finds San Francisco topping the list with more car shoppers in that metropolitan area researching hybrid cars, crossovers and SUVs. In our full list of 210 — yes, 210 — metro areas, the top is heavily weighted to the West Coast and Pacific Northwest, as it has been in past years.

A bit surprising to us is how major cities, including our hometown of Chicago at No. 77, follow such locales as Fargo, N.D., and Billings, Mont.

Which cities bring up the rear in terms of hybrid interest? Cities in the South and Texas in particular do, with all 10 of the bottom cities coming from that region. Laredo, Texas, came in dead last at No. 210.

However, Austin, Texas, broke that mold, falling instead into the university-town trend of scoring highly on the list. Austin came in at No. 21.

  1       San Francisco - Oakland - San Jose
  2       Eureka, CA
  3       Portland, OR
  4       Eugene, OR
  5       Glendive, MT
           Santa Barbara -Santa Maria -San Luis Obispo,
  6        CA
  7       Seattle - Tacoma, WA
  8       Madison, WI
  9       San Diego, CA
  10      Gainesville, FL
  11      Monterey - Salinas, CA
  12      Chico - Redding, CA
  13      Bend, OR
  14      Charlottesville, VA
  15      Sacramento - Stockton - Modesto, CA
  16      Salt Lake City, UT
  17      Medford - Klamath Falls
  18      Fairbanks, Alaska
  19      Missoula, MT
  20      Washington DC (Hagerstown)
  21      Denver
  22      Austin, TX
  23      Rochester - Mason City - Austin
  24      Minneapolis - Saint Paul
  25      Boise, ID
  26      Los Angeles
  27      La Crosse - Eau Claire, WI
  28      Tucson (Sierra Vista), AZ
  29      Boston
  30      Phoenix
  31      Burlington - Plattsburgh, VT
  32      Mankato, MN
  33      Bangor, ME
  34      Helena, MT
  35      Lansing, MI
  36      Juneau, AK
  37      Raleigh - Durham (Fayetteville), NC
  38      Lexington, KY
  39      Columbia - Jefferson City, MO
  40      Butte - Bozeman, MT
  41      Portland - Auburn, ME
  42      Cedar Rapids - Waterloo & Dubuque, IA
  43      Honolulu - HI
  44      Palm Springs, CA
  45      Fresno - Visalia, CA
  46      Harrisonburg, VA
  47      Lafayette, IN
  48      Bakersfield, CA
  49      Twin Falls, ID
  50      Reno, NV
  51      Yakima - Pasco - Richland - Kennewick, WA
  52      Springfield - Holyoke, MA
  53      Syracuse, NY
  54      Roanoke - Lynchburg, VA
  55      Kansas City
  56      Rapid City, SD
  57      Las Vegas, NV
  58      Spokane, WA
  59      Green Bay - Appleton, WI
  60      Albany - Schenectady - Troy, NY
  61      Evansville, IN
  62      Albuquerque - Santa Fe, NM
  63      Idaho Falls - Pocatello, ID
  64      Cincinnati
  65      Des Moines - Ames, IA
  66      Springfield, MO
  67      Tallahassee - Thomasville, FL
  68      South Bend - Elkhart, IN
  69      Birmingham (Anniston and Tuscaloosa), AL
  70      Sioux Falls (Mitchell), SD
  71      Billings, MT
  72      Anchorage, AK
  73      Richmond - Petersburg, VA
  74      Peoria - Bloomington, IL
  75      Providence - New Bedford, RI
  76      Fargo - Valley City, ND
  77      Chicago
  78      Norfolk - Portsmouth - Newport News, VA
  79      Davenport - Rock Island - Moline, IA
  80      Saint Louis
  81      Milwaukee, WI
  82      Tulsa, OK
  83      Jonesboro, AR
  84      Nashville, TN
  85      Omaha, NE
  86      Charlotte, NC
  87      Indianapolis
  88      Wilmington, NC
  89      Columbus, OH
  90      Dallas - Fort Worth
  91      Champaign & Springfield - Decatur, IL
  92      Panama City, FL
  93      Fort Wayne, IN
  94      Orlando - Daytona Beach - Melbourne, FL
  95      Grand Rapids - Kalamazoo - Battle Creek, MI
  96      Fort Myers - Naples, FL
           Fort Smith -Fayetteville -Springdale - Rogers,
  97       AR
  98      Colorado Springs - Pueblo, CO
  99      Youngstown, OH
  100     Salisbury, MD
  101     Lincoln & Hastings - Kearney, NE
  102     Knoxville, TN
  103     Baltimore, MD
  104     Dayton, OH
  105     Cheyenne - Scottsbluff, WY
  106     Watertown, NY
  107     Binghamton, NY
  108     Louisville, KY
  109     Topeka, KA
  110     Columbia, SC
  111     Greensboro - High Point - Winston-Salem, NC
  112     Jacksonville, FL
  113     West Palm Beach - Fort Pierce, FL
  114     Chattanooga, TN
  115     Tampa - Saint Petersburg (Sarasota), FL
  116     Johnstown - Altoona, PA
  117     Jackson, TN
  118     Rockford, IL
  119     Atlanta
  120     Oklahoma City, OK
  121     Hartford & New Haven, CT
  122     Mobile - Pensacola (Fort Walton Beach), AL
           Greenville -Spartanburg -Asheville - Anderson,
  123      SC
  124     Lubbock, TX
  125     Wausau - Rhinelander, WI
  126     Philadelphia
  127     Presque Isle, ME
  128     North Platte, VA
  129     Cleveland, OH
  130     Greenville - New Bern - Washington, NC
  131     Terre Haute, IN
  132     Harrisburg - Lancaster - Lebanon - York, PA
  133     New York
  134     Saint Joseph, MO
  135     Pittsburgh
  136     Rochester, NY
  137     Great Falls, MT
  138     Parkersburg, WV
  139     Little Rock - Pine Bluff, AR
  140     Detroit
  141     Grand Junction - Montrose, CO
  142     Joplin - Pittsburg, MO
  143     San Antonio, TX
  144     Toledo, OH
  145     Duluth - Superior, MN
  146     Wichita - Hutchinson, KS
  147     Houston
           Paducah -Cape Girardeau -Harrisburg -Mt
  148      Vernon, KY
  149     Utica, NY
  150     Buffalo, NY
  151     Huntsville - Decatur (Florence), IL
  152     Traverse City - Cadillac, MI
  153     Dothan, AL
  154     Charleston, SC
  155     Miami - Fort Lauderdale
  156     Marquette, MI
  157     Minot - Bismarck - Dickinson, ND
  158     Wichita Falls & Lawton, KS
  159     Beaumont - Port Arthur, TX
  160     Columbus - Tupelo - West Point, MS
  161     Bowling Green, KY
  162     Memphis, TN
  163     Casper - Riverton, WY
  164     Tyler - Longview (Lufkin & Nacogdoches), TX
  165     Amarillo, TX
  166     Flint - Saginaw - Bay City, MI
  167     Sherman - Ada, TX
  168     Elmira, NY
  169     Augusta, GA
  170     Ottumwa - Kirksville, IA
  171     Savannah, GA
  172     Columbus, GA
  173     Sioux City, IA
  174     Waco - Temple - Bryan, TX
  175     Lima, OH
  176     Zanesville, OH
  177     Yuma - El Centro, AZ
  178     Biloxi - Gulfport, MS
  179     Wilkes Barre - Scranton, PA
  180     Baton Rouge, LA
  181     Macon, GA
  182     Tri-Cities, TN-VA
  183     Montgomery (Selma), AL
  184     New Orleans
  185     Florence - Myrtle Beach, SC
  186     Clarksburg - Weston, WV
  187     Quincy - Hannibal - Keokuk, IL
  188     Abilene - Sweetwater, TX
  189     Albany, GA
  190     Charleston-Huntington, WV
  191     Alexandria, LA
  192     Odessa - Midland, TX
  193     Wheeling - Steubenville, OH
  194     San Angelo, TX
  195     Bluefield - Beckley - Oak Hill, KY
  196     Erie, PA
  197     Monroe - El Dorado, AR
  198     Lake Charles, LA
  199     El Paso, TX
  200     Meridian, MS
  201     Harlingen - Weslaco - Brownsville - McAllen, TX
  202     Lafayette, LA
  203     Shreveport, LA
  204     Corpus Christi, TX
  205     Jackson, MS
  206     Hattiesburg - Laurel, MS
  207     Alpena, MI
  208     Victoria, TX
  209     Greenwood - Greenville, MS
  210     Laredo, TX

Comments 

Dan

The ND and MT rankings are a surprise to me too, but perhaps they shouldn't be. These are states where people value self sufficiency and independence very highly, and a hybrid or crossover reduces your dependence on stable oil supplies/prices.

now's a great time to think about moving!

cody

this ranking continues to be stupid for a second year in a row. obviously a 'city' is green solely based on whether or not it's citizens drive hybrids. i have city in quotation because i would love to see how they decided some of these texas towns are cities.

sztz

To cody's point, this ranking doesn't even consider whether the citizens of a particular metropolitan area *drive* vehicles with hybrid powertrains- just whether they *research* such products (presumably on cars.com).

Thinkerdude

Funny, the top cities are full of rich people who can buy expensive toys.

Derrick G

Technical note: These aren't metro areas as the Census Bureau defines them. Looks like to me they're TV DMA's. Many would therefore cover very large areas, including some very rural ones in some cases.

VR

How about efficient diesel vehicles, I wonder how they would factor...

To cody's point, this ranking doesn't even consider whether the citizens of a particular metropolitan area *drive* vehicles with hybrid powertrains- just whether they *research* such products (presumably on cars.com).

They should publish how they establish these rankings, number of hybrids really can't equate to most effective cars in a city.

Way to go Austin! Now with Prop 1 passed the city will start working it's way up the list.
"You enter Texas when you leave Austin"

Peppy

I find it funny that Dayton Ohio is lower on the list than Columbus Ohio, since Dayton has emission testing whereas Columbus doesn't.

This update was pretty interesting, how often do you post for your blog? I've bookmarked this site and gave you guys a digg, hope to read additional soon!

I'm surprised by Eureka being #2. Nonetheless a nice and informative list. Thank you!

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