Carbon Footprint of Metropolitan U.S.

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In a study issued by the Brookings Instititute, the surprising conclusion was that the carbon footprint of urban dwellers was 14% smaller than the average American’s.   The top three smallest metropolitan area carbon footprints in order are: Honolulu, HI, Los Angeles, CA and Portland, OR.  The top three largest metropolitan area carbon footprints in order are Tulsa, OK, Knoxville, TN, and Harrisburg-Carlisle, PA.

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Per capita carbon emissions from transportation and residential energy use, 2005 (metric tons).  Map: Brookings.
Per capita carbon emissions from transportation and residential energy use, 2005 (metric tons). Map: Brookings.


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