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America's Greenest Cities: Honolulu (1) and Jersey City (10)

By    |   Thursday, 23 Apr 2015 08:22 AM

Honolulu ranks No. 1 among America's greenest cities according to a new study by personal finance website NerdWallet.com, and some were surprised to see Jersey City also made the Top 10.

Environmental quality, transportation, energy sources, and housing density were chief among Nerd Wallet's metrics as they combed through statistics for 150 of the nation's largest cities to come up with a list of the Top 25.

Honolulu topped the list this year, stealing the spotlight from last year's winner, Madison, Wisconsin.

According to the site, Honolulu won because of "its air quality, the best of all the cities we analyzed, and for residents’ widespread use of solar energy. In 2014, the city received the EPA’s highest classification of 'good' for 351 of the 360 days measured, giving it a median Air Quality Index of 27 for the year."

MarketWatch.com expressed surprise when it saw one of New Jersey's riverside cities — Jersey City — rank No. 10, and dug in to find out more.

"That city across the Hudson River from New York was once known for fires burning from a landfill under the Pulaski Skyway, a three-mile metal bridge and highway linking the city and Newark, N.J. to the west," it wrote. "Three decades later, its air quality is still fairly poor . . ."

It appears that public transit made all the difference for Jersey City's top ranking, as data emerged to show that at least 46 percent of its workers use it. That makes it second in all the nation behind none other than New York City itself, where 56 percent of workers use public transit.

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