Figuring out how eco-friendly a particular place is can be complicated, so the research team at WalletHub used a special rubric to make the call. They compared all 50 states in three key categories: environmental quality, eco-friendly behaviors, and climate-change contributions. Specifically, they consulted stats in 23 different metrics from air and water quality, to green buildings and carbon dioxide emissions per capita, to green transportation options and renewable energy consumption. Perhaps unsurprisingly, the good ol' state of Vermont won the top spot as greenest state in America, while Oregon, Massachusetts, New York, and South Dakota rounded out the top five.
At the bottom of the rankings this year is West Virginia, sharing company with Louisiana, Kentucky, North Dakota, and Alabama, which were among the least green.