Top 10 Greenest Cities in the U.S.

    You can still enjoy the perks of city life with plenty of nature too. Realtor.com®’s research team recently identified the top major urban U.S. cities that also offer residents the chance to spend time with nature on a regular basis.

    Researchers factored in the cities with the highest percentage of parkland in the area, air quality index, number of plots in community gardens per capita, percentage of homes that have a garden or greenhouse, and additional factors.

    The following cities ranked as the 10 greenest.

    1. Portland, Ore.

    • Percentage of parkland: 17.8%

    2. Honolulu, Hawaii

    • Percentage of parkland: 33%

    3. St. Louis, Mo.

    • Percentage of parkland: 9.5%

    4. Austin, Texas

    • Percentage of parkland: 14.6%

    5. Seattle, Wash.

    • Percentage of parkland: 12.5%

    6. San Francisco, Calif.

    • Percentage of parkland: 19%

    7. Madison, Wis.

    • Percentage of parkland: 13.4%

    8. Jacksonville, Fla.

    • Percentage of parkland: 13.8%

    9. Greensboro, N.C.

    • Percentage of parkland: 9.4%

    10. Boston, Mass.

    • Percentage of parkland: 17.1%

    Source: “America’s Top 10 Green Cities for Nature Lovers,” realtor.com (June 27, 2016)

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