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.