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Cars.com’s list of 2010 green cities

April 19th, 2010

From Green Right Now Reports

With the 40th anniversary of Earth Day approaching, Cars.com evaluated car shopping behavior nationwide to name the most eco-friendly cities. In the site’s 3rd annual Green Cities Index, San Francisco topped the charts, beating out all other cities based on its interest in hybrid vehicles as a percentage of total car shopping activity on Cars.com.

Like last year, West Coast shoppers showed the greatest interest in hybrid vehicles. Last year’s winner, Eugene, Ore., dropped to fourth. The lone cities outside of California that made the top ten are Glendive, Mont., Madison, Wis. and Gainesville, Fla. The South continues to lag behind most major cities in the country in embracing hybrid vehicles. For the second straight year, Laredo, Texas, had the dubious distinction of being last on our list.

“Outside the West Coast, smaller towns across the country with large state universities continue to show larger than normal interest in hybrid cars,” Olsen said. “Madison, Wis., home to the University of Wisconsin; Gainesville, Fla., home to the University of Florida; and Charlottesville, Va., home to the University of Virginia all appear in the top 15.”

2010 Green Cities Ranking – Greatest Hybrid Shopping Activity as a Percent of Vehicle Search on Cars.com:

1 – San Francisco – Oakland – San Jose

2 – Eureka, CA

3 – Portland, OR

4 – Eugene, OR

5 – Glendive, MT

6 – Santa Barbara – Santa Maria – San Luis Obispo, 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

97 – Fort Smith – Fayetteville – Springdale – Rogers, 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

123 – Greenville – Spartanburg – Asheville – Anderson, 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

148 – Paducah – Cape Girardeau – Harrisburg – Mt 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


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