Friday, February 23, 2007

As the world burns...

While the climate crisis worsens (and Americans among others skip merrily down the primrose path--yeah, keep telling yourself it's a hippie conspiracy theory), a report has ranked American cities for their overall ecological quality. Enjoy.
OVERALL

Overall Rank
(1 is best, 72 is worst)
City, State Overall Score
(1 is best, 10 is worst)
1 Fargo*, ND 2.73
2 Burlington*, VT 2.79
3 Portland, OR 2.81
3 Colorado Springs, CO 2.81
5 Sioux Falls*, SD 2.83
6 Boise*, ID 2.85
7 Seattle, WA 2.86
8 Portland*, ME 2.87
9 Minneapolis, MN 2.98
10 Anchorage, AK 3.03
11 Honolulu, HI 3.09
12 Cheyenne*, WY 3.17
13 Denver, CO 3.19
14 Billings*, MT 3.21
15 Des Moines*, IA 3.22
16 Mesa, AZ 3.24
17 Manchester*, NH 3.28
18 Albuquerque, NM 3.29
18 Lexington, KY 3.29
20 Virginia Beach, VA 3.31
21 Tucson, AZ 3.35
22 Omaha, NE 3.37
23 Columbia*, SC 3.42
23 Boston, MA 3.42
25 Charlotte, NC 3.46
26 Las Vegas, NV 3.49
27 Kansas City, MO 3.51
28 San Francisco, CA 3.54
28 Jacksonville, FL 3.54
30 Phoenix, AZ 3.56
31 San Diego, CA 3.57
32 Milwaukee, WI 3.65
33 Salt Lake City*, UT 3.66
34 San Jose, CA 3.67
35 Oklahoma City, OK 3.74
36 Sacramento, CA 3.76
37 Wilmington*, DE 3.77
37 Little Rock*, AR 3.77
39 Austin, TX 3.80
40 Arlington, TX 3.81
41 Tulsa, OK 3.83
42 Wichita, KS 3.84
43 Nashville-Davidson, TN 3.85
43 Charleston*, WV 3.85
45 Oakland, CA 3.98
45 Washington, DC 3.98
47 Long Beach, CA 4.03
48 Columbus, OH 4.04
49 Providence*, RI 4.11
50 Memphis, TN 4.16
51 Fort Worth, TX 4.20
52 Philadelphia, PA 4.21
53 Indianapolis, IN 4.22
54 New York City, NY 4.23
54 Fresno, CA 4.23
54 Bridgeport*, CT 4.23
57 Baltimore City, MD 4.29
58 Louisville-Jefferson County*, KY 4.30
59 Chicago, IL 4.31
60 San Antonio, TX 4.33
61 Birmingham*, AL 4.47
62 Los Angeles, CA 4.58
63 Dallas, TX 4.62
64 Atlanta, GA 4.67
65 Jackson*, MS 4.73
66 Newark, NJ 4.76
67 New Orleans, LA 4.95
68 Houston, TX 5.06
69 El Paso, TX 5.13
70 Cleveland, OH 5.20
71 Miami, FL 5.29
72 Detroit, MI 5.49

Note:

• All rank information is out of 72 cities, though not all cities may have scores/data in every category.
1 is the 'best' (least polluting, most educated, etc) and 72 is the 'worst'.

• Use of the asterisk (*) after the city name indicates year 2000 data was used in instances where
2005 or 2004 Census data was not available.

1 comment:

Steve said...

Hey Jayson - It's cool to see so many cities in my area close to the top. It looks, though, as if your list is basically related to how much (how little) heavy industry each city has - or, perhaps more to the point, how few refineries.

We've become absolutely addicted to fossil fuels, particularly oil. It is the crack that controls our lives. There doesn't seem to be even the will to discuss significant changes any more. The minor adjustments people are willing to make seem to me just teaspoon approaches to a scoop shovel problem. I find it quite depressing.

I'd be willing to make major changes, but that seems so pointless in the face of the mass of humanity who can't wait to burn something more.

Glad you've come back.