Greenest Cities

Earth Day was celebrated Friday, but how does your city fare the other 364 days of the year? The Daily Beast crunches the numbers to determine the 25 cities with the greenest citizens.

1, New York, NY

Residents that think and act eco-consciously: 43%
Residents that are not eco-conscious: 15%
Residents that recycle: 68%
Average weekday trips on public transportation: 13,303,000
Homes with solar heating: 0.01%

2, Las Vegas, NV

Residents that think and act eco-consciously: 31%
Residents that are not eco-conscious: 17%
Residents that recycle: 59%
Average weekday trips on public transportation: n/a
Homes with solar heating: 0.43%

3, San Francisco, CA

Residents that think and act eco-consciously: 52%
Residents that are not eco-conscious: 14%
Residents that recycle: 74%
Average weekday trips on public transportation: 1,205,000
Homes with solar heating: 0.07%

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4, Washington, DC

Residents that think and act eco-consciously: 37%
Residents that are not eco-conscious: 15%
Residents that recycle: 69%
Average weekday trips on public transportation: 1,326,300
Homes with solar heating: 0.01%

5, Albuquerque, NM

Residents that think and act eco-consciously: 33%
Residents that are not eco-conscious: 12%
Residents that recycle: 61%
Average weekday trips on public transportation: 4,833
Homes with solar heating: 0.25%

6, Boston, MA

Residents that think and act eco-consciously: 39%
Residents that are not eco-conscious: 17%
Residents that recycle: 72%
Average weekday trips on public transportation: 1,220,933
Homes with solar heating: 0.01%

7, Gainesville, FL

Residents that think and act eco-consciously: 34%
Residents that are not eco-conscious: 15%
Residents that recycle: 63%
Average weekday trips on public transportation: 45,000
Homes with solar heating: 0.06%

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8, Chicago, IL

Residents that think and act eco-consciously: 36%
Residents that are not eco-conscious: 15%
Residents that recycle: 66%
Average weekday trips on public transportation: 1,618,433
Homes with solar heating: 0.01%

9, Philadelphia, PA

Residents that think and act eco-consciously: 38%
Residents that are not eco-conscious: 16%
Residents that recycle: 70%
Average weekday trips on public transportation: 1,149,733
Homes with solar heating: 0.02%

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10, Baltimore, MD

Residents that think and act eco-consciously: 30%
Residents that are not eco-conscious: 12%
Residents that recycle: 65%
Average weekday trips on public transportation: 432,267
Homes with solar heating: 0.01%

11, San Diego, CA

Residents that think and act eco-consciously: 42%
Residents that are not eco-conscious: 16%
Residents that recycle: 67%
Average weekday trips on public transportation: 249,900
Homes with solar heating: 0.08%

12, Santa Barbara, CA

Residents that think and act eco-consciously: 39%
Residents that are not eco-conscious: 13%
Residents that recycle: 68%
Average weekday trips on public transportation: 25,667
Homes with solar heating: 0.12%

13, Los Angeles, CA

Residents that think and act eco-consciously: 41%
Residents that are not eco-conscious: 14%
Residents that recycle: 68%
Average weekday trips on public transportation: 1,375,700
Homes with solar heating: 0.06%

14, Tucson, AZ


Residents that think and act eco-consciously: 35%
Residents that are not eco-conscious: 16%
Residents that recycle: 65%
Average weekday trips on public transportation: 69,300
Homes with solar heating: 0.08%

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15, Portland, OR

Residents that think and act eco-consciously: 42%
Residents that are not eco-conscious: 17%
Residents that recycle: 71%
Average weekday trips on public transportation: 313,467
Homes with solar heating: 0.03%

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16, Lafayette, IN

Residents that think and act eco-consciously: 25%
Residents that are not eco-conscious: 18%
Residents that recycle: 60%
Average weekday trips on public transportation: 21,511
Homes with solar heating: 0.03%

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17, Casper, WY

Residents that think and act eco-consciously: 28%
Residents that are not eco-conscious: 18%
Residents that recycle: 61%
Average weekday trips on public transportation: n/a
Homes with solar heating: 0.14%

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18, Colorado Springs, CO

Residents that think and act eco-consciously: 33%
Residents that are not eco-conscious: 21%
Residents that recycle: 64%
Average weekday trips on public transportation: 10,800
Homes with solar heating: 0.13%

19, Seattle, WA

Residents that think and act eco-consciously: 44%
Residents that are not eco-conscious: 16%
Residents that recycle: 72%
Average weekday trips on public transportation: 382,267
Homes with solar heating: 0.02%

20, Denver, CO

Residents that think and act eco-consciously: 32%
Residents that are not eco-conscious: 16%
Residents that recycle: 66%
Average weekday trips on public transportation: 278,033
Homes with solar heating: 0.04%

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21, Grand Junction, CO

Residents that think and act eco-consciously: 27%
Residents that are not eco-conscious: 17%
Residents that recycle: 62%
Average weekday trips on public transportation: 3,900
Homes with solar heating: 0.10%

22, Medford, OR

Residents that think and act eco-consciously: 37%
Residents that are not eco-conscious: 16%
Residents that recycle: 69%
Average weekday trips on public transportation: n/a
Homes with solar heating: 0.11%

23, Madison, WI

Residents that think and act eco-consciously: 42%
Residents that are not eco-conscious: 18%
Residents that recycle: 71%
Average weekday trips on public transportation: 57,200
Homes with solar heating: 0.03%

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24, Reno, NV

Residents that think and act eco-consciously: 39%
Residents that are not eco-conscious: 19%
Residents that recycle: 68%
Average weekday trips on public transportation: 21,200
Homes with solar heating: 0.06%

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25, Missoula, MT

Residents that think and act eco-consciously: 27%
Residents that are not eco-conscious: 18%
Residents that recycle: 64%
Average weekday trips on public transportation: n/a
Homes with solar heating: 0.10%