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Greenest City Awards

When it comes to environmental impact, we all have choices to make: use less water, recycle more, turn down the thermostat.

But few choices are as consequential as the vehicles we choose to drive and how we drive them. Data published by the EPA indicates that the US transportation sector accounts for 27% of our national greenhouse gas emissions, with passenger cars and light-duty trucks acting as the single greatest contributor to the sector. With over 263 million registered vehicles on the road in this country, it is clear that America’s love affair with the automobile has a major impact on our environment.

Not all communities have an equal effect on the environment, however. Some cities have an appreciably lower impact than others, based on their residents’ choice of vehicles and driving habits. So the data scientists at Insurify set out to determine which US cities are the greenest. After analyzing over 1.5MM auto insurance queries submitted through our car insurance comparison platform, Insurify identified and ranked the five communities in each state with the lowest average vehicular carbon footprint.

Selection Process for Insurify’s 2018 Greenest Cities Award

Insurify’s Greenest Cities Award recognizes the cities with the lowest average household carbon footprint. Our sample of over 1.5MM auto insurance queries provided us detailed information on vehicles, mileage driven, and count of vehicles per household in communities across the United States, which allowed us to calculate household impact and identify the top-ranked communities (data on a minimum of 100 households was required to qualify). Our analysis factored in the following inputs:

Input Impact
Fuel Efficiency More fuel-efficient engine types such as hybrids and EVs have a lower impact on the environment.
Engine Displacement  Traditionally, larger engines have been more polluting.
Drivetrain Drivetrain (4×4, AWD, RWD, FWD) impacts fuel consumption.
Annual Mileage Lower mileage reduces impact.
Vehicles per Household Lower vehicle-to-driver ratio reduces overall household impact.

By plugging all of these factors into our algorithm, Insurify identified the greenest cities of 2018. Some winners already have a reputation for environmentalism, while others might surprise you, but we followed the data where it led us—an approach that rewards communities that actually impact the environment less, versus those that only preach green living.


Winners of Insurify’s 2018 Greenest Cities Award

Northeast
Connecticut Massachusetts New Hampshire New Jersey New York
  1. Stamford
  2. Bridgeport
  3. Hartford
  4. New Haven
  5. Waterbury
  1. Brighton
  2. Brookline
  3. Medford
  4. Cambridge
  5. Somerville
  1. Nashua
  2. Manchester
  3. Dover
  4. Portsmouth
  5. Concord
  1. Clifton
  2. Bayonne
  3. Jersey City
  4. Edison
  5. North Bergen
  1. Jamaica
  2. Staten Island
  3. Brooklyn
  4. Buffalo
  5. Schenectady
Pennsylvania Rhode Island  
  1. Bensalem
  2. Bethlehem
  3. Easton
  4. Lebanon
  5. Scranton
  1. Pawtucket
  2. Providence
  3. Warwick
  4. Cranston
  5. Woonsocket
Midwest
Indiana Illinois Iowa Kansas Michigan
  1. Lafayette
  2. Columbus
  3. Bloomington
  4. Elkhart
  5. Muncie
  1. Naperville
  2. Chicago
  3. Springfield
  4. Bloomington
  5. Aurora
  1. Council Bluffs
  2. Davenport
  3. Des Moines
  4. Cedar Rapids
  5. Waterloo
  1. Olathe
  2. Lawrence
  3. Topeka
  4. Wichita
  5. Kansas City
  1. Farmington
  2. Dearborn
  3. Battle Creek
  4. Ann Arbor
  5. Canton
Minnesota Missouri Nebraska North Dakota Ohio
  1. Saint Cloud
  2. Rochester
  3. Saint Paul
  4. Minneapolis
  5. Duluth
  1. Ballwin
  2. Columbia
  3. Jefferson City
  4. Saint Charles
  5. Saint Ann
  1. Lincoln
  2. Omaha
  3. Bellevue
  4. Grand Island
  5. North Platte
  1. Fargo
  2. Minot
  3. Grand Forks
  4. Bismarck
  5. Williston
  1. Elyria
  2. Cleveland
  3. Lorain
  4. Cincinnati
  5. Youngstown
Wisconsin South Dakota* 
  1. Madison
  2. Waukesha
  3. Oshkosh
  4. Kenosha
  5. Appleton
  1. Sioux Falls
  2. Rapid City
South
Alabama Arkansas Delaware Florida Georgia
  1. Alexander City
  2. Huntsville
  3. Montgomery
  4. Dothan
  5. Madison
  1. Fayetteville
  2. Bentonville
  3. Rogers
  4. Fort Smith
  5. Sherwood
  1. Newark
  2. Milford
  3. Wilmington
  4. Claymont
  5. New Castle
  1. Lady Lake
  2. North Miami Beach
  3. Boca Raton
  4. Delray Beach
  5. Boynton Beach
  1. Peachtree City
  2. Clarkston
  3. Alpharetta
  4. Athens
  5. Suwanee
Kentucky Louisiana Maryland Mississippi North Carolina
  1. Erlanger
  2. Newport
  3. Florence
  4. Georgetown
  5. Bardstown
  1. New Orleans
  2. Baton Rouge
  3. Lake Charles
  4. Lafayette
  5. Shreveport
  1. Rockville
  2. Gaithersburg
  3. Glen Burnie
  4. Frederick
  5. Parkville
  1. Oxford
  2. Starkville
  3. Canton
  4. Greenville
  5. Tupelo
  1. Morrisville
  2. Cary
  3. Chapel Hill
  4. Matthews
  5. Asheville
Oklahoma South Carolina Tennessee Texas Virginia
  1. Norman
  2. Lawton
  3. Bartlesville
  4. Tulsa
  5. Oklahoma City
  1. Myrtle Beach
  2. Murrells Inlet
  3. Central
  4. Hilton Head Island
  5. Mauldin
  1. Cookeville
  2. Knoxville
  3. Cordova
  4. Chattanooga
  5. Johnson City
  1. Addison
  2. Bedford
  3. Richardson
  4. Plano
  5. Frisco
  1. Alexandria
  2. Arlington
  3. Fairfax
  4. Hampton
  5. Virginia Beach
West Virginia
  1. Morgantown
  2. Huntington
  3. Fairmont
  4. Beckley
  5. Clarksburg
West
Arizona California Colorado Idaho Montana
  1. Tempe
  2. Gilbert
  3. Scottsdale
  4. Chandler
  5. Prescott Valley
  1. Venice
  2. Berkeley
  3. West Hollywood
  4. Cupertino
  5. Studio City
  1. Boulder
  2. Littleton
  3. Fort Collins
  4. Arvada
  5. Parker
  1. Pocatello
  2. Boise
  3. Meridian
  4. Nampa
  5. Caldwell
  1. Helena
  2. Butte
  3. Missoula
  4. Great Falls
  5. Kalispell
Nevada New Mexico Oregon Utah Washington
  1. Henderson
  2. Las Vegas
  3. North Las Vegas
  4. Mesquite
  5. Carson City
  1. Santa Fe
  2. Albuquerque
  3. Rio Rancho
  4. Roswell
  5. Las Cruces
  1. Corvallis
  2. Eugene
  3. Gresham
  4. Beaverton
  5. Albany
  1. Orem
  2. Provo
  3. Lehi
  4. Clearfield
  5. Sandy
  1. Redmond
  2. Bellevue
  3. Bothell
  4. Seattle
  5. Renton
Wyoming*
  1. Cheyenne
  2. Gillette
  3. Casper
  4. Laramie
  5. Rock Springs

*Indicates that fewer than five cities reached the necessary data minimum of 100 households



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