Green With Envy

Austin cleans up as one of America's greenest cities — and No. 1 in Texas

Austin cleans up as one of America's greenest cities — No. 1 in Texas

families gathered near the Mueller Lake Park
Austin is the No. 11 greenest city in the U.S. Photo courtesy of Mueller Austin

Texas may be one of the least eco-friendly states in the country, but that won't sour Austin's green reputation. In fact, a new report from WalletHub names Austin the 11th greenest city in the country.

To determine the rankings, WalletHub collected data on the 100 most populated U.S. cities, ranking each on eco-friendly metrics in four categories.

In the main categories, Austin ranks ninth for environmental quality as well as green lifestyle and local policies. However, we have some work to do in regards to the greenness of our energy sources and transportation, where we rank No. 31 and No. 49, respectively.

Among the transportation metrics, Austin ranks No. 33 for percentage of commuters who drive and No. 54 for excessive use of fuel. But, we're well above average when it comes to the number of farmers markets per capita (No. 7) and air quality (No. 18).

Surprisingly, New York City ranks No. 1 overall, followed by Portland (No. 2) and San Francisco (No. 3). The greenest Texas cities behind Austin are Dallas (No. 29), Laredo (No. 40), and Arlington (No. 43).