Best Places to Live Sustainably

Guest post by Jenna Brown

When it comes to living a green lifestyle, which cities are most supportive of those who wish to live sustainably? There are a few things you want to look at when choosing the best place. Living green means living a cleaner lifestyle. This may include a plant-based diet, not having a car and growing your own food. As usual when picking where to live, location is everything.

Corvallis, Oregon

This beautiful town was named the best green place to live in the country by Country Home Magazine. There were a few different factors that went into naming this city the greenest place to live in America. They include the following:

  • COD Wastewater management
  • Water conservation
  • Usage of Land
  • Low greenhouse gas emissions
  • Recycling
  • Renewable energy
  • Green buildings

Now that we know the greenest place to live, where are other green cities located? Keep reading to learn where you can live when choosing to live a greener lifestyle. You can also use the Green City Index Tool developed by Interiorbeat to find green areas within your city.

Top Five Places to Live a Green Lifestyle

There are 50 states in the USA but only a handful earned the title “the best places to live a green lifestyle.” These states include:

  • Alaska
  • Oregon
  • Montana
  • Washington
  • Hawaii

There are also a handful that are the worst states to live in if you want to live a green lifestyle. They include the following:

  • Delaware
  • Rhode Island
  • Ohio
  • Mississippi
  • New Jersey

Looking at the best places to live when choosing a sustainable lifestyle, there are a few things that went into consideration. One of the factors that went into the decision was renewable energy. When taking this into account, Washington was the state with the most renewable energy whereas New Jersey was the state with the least renewable energy.

The state voted to have the most carbon emissions per capita is Wyoming and the state with the least carbon emissions was New York.

When thinking of water usage and choosing to live green, you want to try to use less water. The state that uses the least amount of water is Vermont. Although California is facing a drought right now, they were the state that uses the most amount of water.

LEED buildings are the greenest buildings there are. Hawaii has the most LEED buildings and West Virginia has the least.

Another cool thing to know about green living is that 70 percent of American adults are trying to adopt a greener lifestyle. This is a good thing as we all should be making the decision to do this because climate change is real.





Nikki is an author and writer specializing in green living ideas and tips, adventure travel, upcycling, and all things eco-friendly. She's traveled the globe, swum with sharks and been bitten by a lion (fact). She lives in a tiny town with a fat cat and a very bad dog.

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