Massachusetts Water Quality Ranked #1 in United States

by | Apr 15, 2019 | Headlines, Health, News

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Massachusetts has been ranked in the top 10 environmentally friendly states in America, according to a new report from the data experts at Wallethub.

The report – 2019’s Greenest States – ranks Massachusetts #6 overall among the 50 states when compared across key metrics like LEED-certified buildings per capita to share of energy consumption from renewable resources and from total municipal solid waste per capita to energy-efficiency score to carbon-dioxide emissions per capita.

SEE MAP BELOW: How Massachusetts Compares to Rest of Country

Even with such a high ranking among the states for its eco-friendly behavior, most notably Massachusetts takes the top ranking in water quality and soil quality. The Bay State also ranks #2 overall in percentage of recycled municipal waste. 

Here are the full rankings for MA:
Greenness of Massachusetts (1=Greenest, 25=Avg.):
  • 16th – Air Quality
  • 1st – Soil Quality
  • 1st – Water Quality
  • 5th – Most LEED-Certified Buildings Per Capita
  • 29th – LEED-Certified Buildings per Capita
  • 14th – % of Renewable Energy Consumption
  • 30th – Gasoline Consumption (in Gallons) per Capita

Scroll the map below to see how Massachusetts compares to the other 49 states:

Source: WalletHub

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