How Green is Your State?

With Earth Day around the corner, the personal-finance website WalletHub today released its report on 2017’s Greenest States.


In order to showcase the states doing right by Mother Earth, WalletHub’s analysts compared the 50 states in terms of 20 key metrics that speak to the current health of the environment and the environmental impact of residents’ daily habits. The data set ranges from total municipal solid waste per capita to energy-efficiency score to carbon-dioxide emissions per capita.

  • Blue States are greener, with an average rank of 12.70, compared with Red States, which have an average rank of 34.03. (Rank 1=Greenest)
  • Missouri has the lowest total municipal solid waste per capita, 0.82 tons, which is 3.4 times lower than in Hawaii, the state with the highest at 2.76 tons.
  • Maine has the highest share of recycled municipal solid waste, 48 percent, which is 48 times higher than in Louisiana, the state with the lowest at 1 percent.
  • Oregon has the highest share of energy consumption from renewable sources, 49.26 percent, which is 17.1 times higher than in Delaware, the state with the lowest at 2.88 percent.
  • New York has the highest share of people who do not drive to work, 45.4 percent, which is 3.3 times higher than in Alabama, the state with the lowest at 13.6 percent.

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