Top 10 Green Cities By Online Search Profile

4 years ago by Jay Cole 3

Typcial Honoluluians (don't look it up) Enjoy The Island Life During The Day Before Researching Their Favorite EVs At Night

Typical Honoluluians (don’t look it up) Enjoy The Island Life During The Day Before Researching Their Favorite EVs At Night

What are the top 10 cities in the United States when it comes to interest in “green” cars?  In most cases, the answer generally depends on the arbitrary criteria of the people making the list.

Not so when it comes to Cars.com, which is the largest direct inventory search database in the nation, as they just used their own site analytics to show which cities have the most real interest in hybrids and electric vehicles.

“We analyzed data from millions of our visitors to find out where searches for hybrid and other environmentally friendly cars (including EVs) were most concentrated.”

The list has some familiar faces on it, and few new ones you might not expect.

“It is not surprising that California and other West Coast cities top the list with some of the greenest car shoppers. That part of the country has long led the charge in the green movement,” said Joe Wiesenfelder, Cars.com’s executive editor.

San Francisco Leads Both Cars.com And Our Own "Top" Green Cities Lists

San Francisco Leads Both Cars.com And Our Own “Top” Green Cities Lists

 

Cars.com Top 10

  1. San Francisco-Oakland-San Jose, Calif.
  2. Monterey-Salinas, Calif.
  3. San Diego, Calif.
  4. Portland, Ore.
  5. Eureka, Calif.
  6. Washington, D.C.
  7. Honolulu, Hawaii
  8. Lima, Ohio
  9. Medford-Klamath Falls, Ore.
  10. Sacramento-Stockton-Modesto, Calif.

 

Clearly, there is an overwhelming volume of car buyers searching for hybrid-only vehicles in the Cars.com list, potentially obscuring the results for the top 10 green “plug-in” cities.

And because we really don’t care about vehicles without plugs (and it is a sin to write about them here), we will follow up this list with one of our own, from our site analytics…which are wildly skewed to electric vehicles; and as can clearly be seen, the West Coast/California bias is still clearly in play, but there are some twists.

InsideEVs Top 20 “Plug-In” Cities In The USA*

  1. Los Angeles, CA
  2. San Francisco, CA
  3. San Diego, CA
  4. San Jose, CA
  5. Seattle, Wash.
  6. Fremont, CA
  7. Chicago, IL
  8. Houston, TX
  9. Phoenix, AZ
  10. Honolulu, HI
  11. Portland, OR.
  12. Palo Alto, CA
  13. Washington, D.C.
  14. Dallas, TX
  15. Denver, CO
  16. Smyrna, TN
  17. Atlanta, GE
  18. Oakland, CA
  19. Berkeley, CA
  20. Sunnyvale, CA

*List is populated based on unique visits, with a minimum sample size of 300 visits over past 30 days in order to qualify.

For No Obvious Reason, Montreal (Quebec) Canada Is Our Leader For Most Interested In Plug-In Vehicles-International Edition (Bell Centre, home of the Canadiens de Montréal)

For No Obvious Reason, Montreal, Canada Is Our Leader For Most Interested In Plug-In Vehicles-International Edition (Bell Centre, home of the Canadiens de Montréal, shown)

Also of interest, the top 10 “international” cities with interest in plug-in, electric vehicles:

  1. Montreal, Quebec, Canada
  2. London, England
  3. Oslo, Norway
  4. Amsterdam, Netherlands
  5. Melbourne, Australia
  6. Vienna, Austria
  7. Stockholm, Sweden
  8. Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
  9. Seoul, South Korea
  10. Madrid, Spain

Original list: Cars.com

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3 responses to "Top 10 Green Cities By Online Search Profile"

  1. Malcolm Scott says:

    Just wish this would translate to more Volts, Leafs, & iMieVs sold to get mainstream. More competition and better public policies please. In a city that has the largest urban tramway network in the world, it should be a no brainer that there should be more EV interest and a movement away from imported fossil fuels.

    Malcolm
    from marvellous Melbourne

  2. cody says:

    Where the heck is the Austin, TX “traffic” at? I thought they were “unique” and motivated to plug-in craze!?>
    I assume the don’t represent here because most of the owners are plugged into public outlets… sitting down enjoying some nice weather and live music. Come on Austin-ites, it’s time to come home and get back on your computers like the rest of us.

    1. Jay Cole says:

      Hey Cody,

      Just as randam FYI, they were just a whisker off our list at number 22. If the list would have been populated on gross visits, they would have clocked in at number 17.