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What are the Greenest Cities When it Comes to Cars?

West Coast Markets Dominate the Cars.com Green Index

Going green is all the rage, so it's not surprising that searches for hybrid vehicles on Cars.com are at an all-time high. In fact, a recent Cars.com survey showed that 59% of car shoppers have purchased or would consider purchasing a hybrid as their next car.

So which cities are the greenest when it comes to car shopping? According to the Cars.com Green Index, a ranking of hybrid vehicle searches by market, West Coast shoppers show the greatest interest in going green. San Francisco, Portland, Seattle, Sacramento and San Diego make up the top five. In each of these markets, hybrids account for more than 3 percent of new car searches on Cars.com. While West Coast cities seem to embrace hybrid vehicles more than their counterparts in the Midwest and on the East Coast, cities in the South lag behind most major cities in the country, with Houston, Oklahoma City, Memphis, Birmingham and Miami rounding out the bottom five.

"Gas prices definitely play a role in hybrid interest, because West Coast cities traditionally have higher gas prices on average than the rest of the country," said Cars.com editor in chief Patrick Olsen. "The Cars.com Green Index also shows that interest is high in markets that are traditionally concerned with environmental issues, such as Denver and Minneapolis, and those plagued by traffic and congestion, such as Washington, D.C., and Boston."

Cars.com Green Index:
The Cars.com Green Index monitors hybrid vehicle interest in the 50 largest markets in the country. Rankings are calculated based on the number of hybrid searches in a market as a percentage of all new-car searches in the market.

Market Percentage of Hybrid Searches
1)San Francisco/Oakland/San Jose5.622
2) Portland, Ore.4.784
3) Seattle 3.979
4) Sacramento, Calif. 3.973
5) San Diego3.912
6) Los Angeles3.504
7) Denver3.394
8) Washington, D.C.3.225
9) Minneapolis/St. Paul3.188
10) Boston3.174
11) Phoenix3.163
12) Charlotte, N.C3.135
13) Raleigh/Durham, N.C.3.098
14) Harrisburg, Pa.2.811
15) Indianapolis2.792
16) Hartford, Conn.2.783
17) Salt Lake City2.712
18) Louisville, Ky.2.669
19) Las Vegas2.625
20) Albuquerque/Santa Fe, N.M. 2.613
21) Kansas City, Mo.2.610
22) Chicago2.600
23) GreensboroWinston-Salem, N.C.2.460
24) Nashville, Tenn.2.427
25) Columbus, Ohio2.389
26) Philadelphia2.384
27) West Palm Beach, Fla. 2.349
28) Detroit2.317
29) Greenville, SC2.308
30) Milwaukee2.307
31) Buffalo, N.Y.2.307
32) Tampa/St. Petersburg, Fla.2.302
33) Grand Rapids, Mich.2.286
34) St. Louis2.266
35) San Antonio, Texas2.249
36) New York City2.220
37) Orlando, Fla. 2.207
38) Cincinnati2.202
39) Pittsburgh2.148
40) Cleveland2.148
41) Baltimore2.089
42) Norfolk, Va.2.081
43) Jacksonville , Fla.2.000
44) Atlanta1.995
45) Dallas/Fort Worth1.960
46) Houston1.937
47) Oklahoma City1.913
48) Memphis, Tenn.1.851
49) Birmingham, Ala.1.844
50) Miami/Fort Lauderdale1.829

*Survey conducted for Cars.com by Impulse Research Corp. The survey was conducted online with a random sample of 1,033 men and women 18+ who own cars.

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Launched in June 1998, Cars.com is a division of Classified Ventures, LLC, which is owned by leading media companies, including Belo (NYSE: BLC), Gannett Co., Inc. (NYSE: GCI), The McClatchy Company (NYSE: MNI), Tribune Company and The Washington Post Company (NYSE: WPO).

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