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(Amanda Andrade-Rhoades/DC Refined)

D.C. ranks third greenest city in the U.S.

We all already know that D.C. is a great place to live. We have a great restaurant scene, an abundance of things to do and according to ListShack, we are pretty darn green.

ListShack took into consideration five factors: LEED certified buildings per each 1,000 residents, parkland as a percentage of the city's land area, miles of bike lanes per 10,000 residents, number of farmers markets per 10,000 residents, and electric car plug-ins per 10,000 residents.

We accounted for population with all of these and looked at the factors per either 1,000 residents or 10,000 residents to bring things to scale so the most populated/largest MSAs didn't win just based on their size.

Here is the breakdown of how the District ranks:

  • Population: 6,097,684
  • LEED buildings per 1,000 residents: 7,996
  • Parkland percentage: 21.9 percent
  • Miles of bike lanes: 16.9 miles per 10,000 residents
  • Farmers markets: 28.5 per 10,000 residents
  • Electric car plug-ins: 172 per 10,000 residents

Here are the top 10 greenest cities in the U.S:

  1. Austin, TX
  2. Portland, OR
  3. Washington, D.C.
  4. Boston, MA
  5. San Jose, CA
  6. New York, NY
  7. Hartford, CT
  8. Providence, RI
  9. San Francisco, CA
  10. Cincinnati, OH

To see the breakdown of how the rest of the competition stacks up, check out the photo gallery above.