Survey ranks Minneapolis as third greenest city in America

In time for Earth Day, a survey by Travel + Leisure magazine has declared Minneapolis the third greenest city in the country. The April 2012 survey asked voters to rank top U.S. cities in three survey categories: cleanliness, pedestrian-friendliness and public transit, and great public parks, which offset urban asphalt and improve air quality. The first and second rankings went to Portland, Ore., and Savannah, Ga.

The high-ranking cities support other green initiatives that benefit travelers as well as locals; for instance, Minneapolis offers cheap, easy-access bike rentals. With 81 miles of on-street bikeways and 84 miles of off-street paths, Minneapolis is one of the most bike-friendly cities in the nation and has a thriving community of people who bicycle to work year-round. The ranking also credits Minneapolis’ many “green” restaurants.

Previous Travel +Leisure surveys have voted the Minneapolis Saint Paul area the "most intelligent," a top biking city, and cleanest city in America.

Published Apr 19, 2012