SOURCE: RealtyTrac


April 20, 2015 17:59 ET

Live Life Cleaner; Move to One of These Counties

Counties in New York, Philadelphia and Georgia Lead the Nation for Good Air Quality Days, Walking to Work and Affordability

IRVINE, CA--(Marketwired - April 20, 2015) - RealtyTrac® (, the nation's leading source for comprehensive housing data, announced today a new analysis to find where the most earth friendly counties reside. Analyzing various datasets including percent of good air quality days, the percent of people who walk to work, and then the best counties based on affordability.

It's no surprise that good air quality is a great way to gauge how friendly a county is being to the environment. Topping the list is Monterey, California with 99.2 percent of good air quality days and then Shasta, California (99.2 percent) nipping at the heels while Kent, Rhode Island (99.1 percent), Cass, North Dakota (99 percent) and Saint Lawrence, New York (99 percent) are close.

State County Population % of Good Air Quality Days
California Monterey 428,826 99.2%
California Shasta 178,980 99.2%
Rhode Island Kent 165,035 99.1%
North Dakota Cass 162,829 99.0%
New York Saint Lawrence 111,963 99.0%

*Only looked at those counties with a population greater than 100,000

In keeping with air quality, RealtyTrac gathered data on the percent of people who walk to work. It's no surprise that New York, New York far exceeds the national average with 20 percent of people walking to work, while Suffolk, Massachusetts (13.8 percent), Tompkins, New York (13.6 percent) our Nation's capital Washington D.C. (11.9 percent) and Hampshire Massachusetts (10.6 percent) trail behind.

State County Population % of People who Walk
New York New York 1,626,159 20
Massachusetts Suffolk 755,503 13.8
New York Tompkins 103,617 13.6
District of Columbia District of Columbia 646,449 11.9
Massachusetts Hampshire 159,596 10.6

*Only looked at those counties with a population greater than 100,000

After reviewing the above earth friendly factors, RealtyTrac then narrowed down the list factoring in affordability, where walking to work was greater than 3 percent, and the air quality was the greatest to come up with a top 10 list of most earth friendly counties:

State County Population % of People who Walk   % of Good Air Quality Days   2015 Pct of Median Income to Buy Median Priced Home (10% Down)
New York Oswego 121,165 5.1   96.4%   11%
New York Saint Lawrence 111,963 5.3   99.0%   11%
New York Niagara 214,249 3.2   91.5%   12%
New York Broome 197,534 4.5   95.6%   13%
New York Oneida 233,585 4.3   96.2%   13%
Pennsylvania Beaver 170,115 3.4   93.6%   13%
Georgia Richmond 202,003 3.1   95.3%   14%
Pennsylvania Erie 280,294 3.3   92.6%   14%
Michigan Ingham 282,234 5.9   91.7%   14%
Maryland Baltimore City 622,104 6.8   93.4%   14%

*Only looked at those counties with a population greater than 100,000

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