So you say you want to do more to help the environment? WalletHub recently revealed the greenest cities in America. And if your hometown is on the list, you’re probably on track for your eco goals.

WalletHub looked at 100 major U.S. cities, comparing 26 different key “green” indicators. These included four dimensions—environment, transportation, energy sources and lifestyle and policy. The environment dimension included indicators such as media air-quality index, greenhouse-gas emissions per capita, green space, water quality, light population level and other similar measures.

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When it comes to transportation, WalletHub’s comparison measured indicators including miles of bike lanes, walk score, average commute time, bike-sharing programs, annual excess fuel consumption, intersection density, accessibility of jobs by public transit and alternative-fuel stations.

Energy source data came from metrics such as share of electricity from renewable sources, solar photovoltaic installations and number of smart-energy policies and initiatives, while lifestyle and policy covers farmers markets and CSA programs, community gardens, green jobs and programs promoting green-energy use.

Which state had the top “green” city, based on this data? Drumroll please…California! San Diego topped the list, followed by San Francisco as greenest cities in America. Even though Washington, DC came in third, the other top five winners were also California cities—Irvine and San Jose. In all, there were 17 California cities in the top 100 greenest cities in America.

Texas rates as second place for highest number of green cities with 13 and Arizona came third with 7 green cities in WalletHub’s rankings. Check out the full list at WalletHub to see where your city stacks up for green living.

—Erica Loop

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