Cars.com has released a list of the ten US cities with the most environmentally conscious car shoppers. Not surprisingly, west coast spots made up the bulk of the locations. The site found its results by compiling data pulled from visitors who shopped for hybrids or other green cars. While locations like San Francisco, San Diego, Portland, Sacramento and even Honolulu make sense, the list did serve up one solid oddball. Lima, Ohio made the cut. Why? Hard telling. The city sits smack between Dayton and Toledo on Interstate 75 and boasts a population of a little under 38,800 people. It's also the only place in the world that produces the M1 Abrams tank.

Meanwhile, Washington, D.C. was the only East coast location to make the list. You can read the full press release below for a closer look at which areas made the cut.
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Cars.com Names U.S. Cities with the Greenest Car Shoppers

CHICAGO, April 19, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Cars.com, the premier online resource for buying and selling new and used cars, compiled a list of U.S. cities with the most environmentally-conscious car shoppers. The list was assembled analyzing data from Cars.com's millions of visitors who searched for hybrids or other environmentally friendly cars. The study's findings indicate that shoppers on the West coast tend to be the greenest.

"It is not surprising that California and other West Coast cities top the list with some of the greenest car shoppers. That part of the country has long led the charge in the green movement," said Joe Wiesenfelder , Cars.com's Executive Editor and resident green automotive guru. "With abundant charging stations, special perks for eco-friendly drivers in some western cities and robust infrastructure, the West Coast is well equipped to cater to the needs of eco-conscious drivers."
As car shoppers nationwide continue to embrace green cars, Cars.com has found that the following cities have the greenest car shoppers (ranked from greenest to least green):

San Francisco-Oakland-San Jose, Calif.

Monterey-Salinas, Calif.

San Diego, Calif.

Portland, Ore.

Eureka, Calif.

Washington D.C.

Honolulu, Hawaii

Lima, Ohio

Medford-Klamath Falls, Ore.

Sacramento-Stockton-Modesto, Calif.

"We've continued to see an increase in shoppers searching for hybrids or eco-friendly cars. From 2012 to 2013, we saw a 5 increase in 'green' inventory listed on the site," said Wiesenfelder. "As automakers continue to introduce new hybrids that meet the needs of a wide array of drivers, dealer inventories are also growing to meet the needs of shoppers looking to go green."

This week, Cars.com also released a list of its editors' top hybrid cars for the money. To see that list, click here. To search for a hybrid or eco-friendly vehicle in your area, visit www.Cars.com.


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      TurboFroggy
      • 1 Year Ago
      Shocking news, this just in; if your commute is less than 50 miles and your spend more than $200 a month in gas you can have a free EV! See your local Nissan dealer to claim your free new car...
      cmcilroy35
      • 1 Year Ago
      .. because the west doesn't get the cold and snow like the east does... I moved from California to Colorado and bought a Subaru and not yet do they make AWD priuses and the cold using the heater would kill the range on a pure electric car.
        SpikedLemon
        • 1 Year Ago
        @cmcilroy35
        You don't 'need' AWD for snow. Most people get by just fine without it.
        Spec
        • 1 Year Ago
        @cmcilroy35
        The Volt & Model S should do OK though. The Volt has the ICE that can be fired up for heat and the Model S has a big enough battery to deal with heating and loss of range from cold weather.
      Mike
      • 1 Year Ago
      Nicholas Cage You Dont Say?
      Rotation
      • 1 Year Ago
      Can someone explain Lima, OH being on this list? That city isn't exactly set up for greeniness. It's very spread out and their major industries are making M1A2 tanks, Ford Duratechs, hearses and there's a massive Sohio oil refinery in town.
        raktmn
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Rotation
        Maybe in the heartland of US manufacturing in Ohio, they actually take "Buy in USA" seriously, and buy US green cars that use less foreign oil, helping improve our trade deficit.
          Rotation
          • 1 Year Ago
          @raktmn
          I don't need to speak to everyone to see what cars are on the road in Lima. And you hardly need to speak to many people in a city where an oil refinery is one of the big employers to find out if they think that getting off of oil is important. I'm not putting down the people of Lima. But I assure you, there is no green streak visible in town. And there is no noticeable public sentiment that we have to reduce our oil usage. On the contrary, it's a working class town and used cars are the norm. Even my relatives who work for Honda buy used cars instead of new. It just seems near impossible Lima could be buying any kind of new tech cars. My relatives in that area complain that "you spend almost as much on the land for a house as you do for the house itself". I assure you they are not sporting for fancified $40K new-tech green cars when houses cost $80K! http://www.city-data.com/city/Lima-Ohio.html
          John Hansen
          • 1 Year Ago
          @raktmn
          @Rotation: When did you find the time to speak with all the residents of Lima, or were you guessing?
        icemilkcoffee
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Rotation
        I am going to guess that the municipal government just put in an order for a fleet of CNG cop cars or something like and , and managed to skew their numbers way off.
        scott3
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Rotation
        The only thing I have seen close to a hybrid are Outlaw sprints cars that race close to there. . I would say I have to agree the county or someone there may have bought a fleet unit sale One of the phone companies used to base a fleet there maybe they are the ones who were buying.
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        Ducman69
        • 1 Year Ago
        Are you implying that people like Al Gore are hypocrites? NO WAI! ;)
          edward.stallings
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Ducman69
          LOL - you get downvoted for pointing out that Gore is a hypocrite!!! Autoblog is very entertaining!
          avconsumer2
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Ducman69
          BUT BUT..... he created the internet I am typing in right now!!?! HOW COULD.... BUT... NO WAI!?
        Spec
        • 1 Year Ago
        What garbage. When you finally get around to actually trying to support your view, it instantly becomes crap. "Read about the energy it takes to extract lithium from rocks" . . . What? Lithium doesn't really come from 'rocks', it is gathered from dried salt lakes. It is one of the lowest impact mining operations in existence. Sheesh. " the energy it takes to make the other components necessary to extract the other rare-earth metals" You don't need rare earths at all. The Tesla does not use them. Nor does the EV I drive. And if the energy use were really, that would be embedded in cost . . . and electric motors are not that expensive.
        Rotation
        • 1 Year Ago
        Or you could get a hybrid/EV AND drive carefully! Ridiculous false dichotomies.
        Grendal
        • 1 Year Ago
        Laser - You suffer from the very mindless fanaticism that you accuse the environmentalists of but in reverse. You are proudly anti-environmentalism with little to no justification or false justification. Are there extreme environmentalists that have blinders on? Of course. There are extremes for every belief. The middle road is usually the most balanced. You are exhibiting a very unbalanced view because your justifications are easily proven false or, at best, misleading. People can get better mileage by driving more efficiently. In order to get the huge improvement that you say you get means that the person does need to use hyper-miling techniques.
          Jonathan Wayne
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Grendal
          I rarely read his crap and tend to skip right over his comments and I encourage everyone else to do so also.
        edward.stallings
        • 1 Year Ago
        "All too often those wrapping themselves in "environmentalism" are fools - easily conned into a narrow way of thinking - and these fools develop a superiority complex because of their choices. And make no mistake, these fools don't always choose the most environmentally sound solution - they rather, choose the most environmentally "conspicuous" solution." You should drop "All too often" and this statement would be more accurate.
        mapoftazifosho
        • 1 Year Ago
        I get 65-70 mpg out of my Hybrid in mixed driving. 55+ mpg out of my TDi on the highway...
        gpmp
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Laser I think you've taken "easily conned into a narrow way of thinking" to new heights.
      luigi.tony
      • 1 Year Ago
      It is where most libitards live, and they actually believe in Global Warming.
        tump
        • 1 Year Ago
        @luigi.tony
        Don't call me to bail water out your flyover state double wide.
      sinistro79
      • 1 Year Ago
      Four of the cities are in California. I think its important to also make a note that this list comes out at a time when the California education system is one of the worst performing education systems in the country.
      blasds78
      • 1 Year Ago
      I was surprised this wasn't a government-funded study. Its results were useless, predictable (duh...the places with the hippies that buy said vehicles and grids to power them), and took a while to conclude.
        sc0rch3d
        • 1 Year Ago
        @blasds78
        you mean WATER IS WET??!?!? HOLY HIPPIES BATMAN (sad that you got down voted so much....getting an upvote from me)
        William Flesher
        • 1 Year Ago
        @blasds78
        If by "hippies" you mean "greenies", you're right.
        gpmp
        • 1 Year Ago
        @blasds78
        What, they don't have an electric grid where you live?
      Jobu
      • 1 Year Ago
      I think there is a direct correlation between leading the league in government debt and leading the league in "green" projects in general. Not something I'd brag about...
        John Doe
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Jobu
        California runs a deficit because for every dollar it sends to the US government in taxes, it only gets back .84. We have to raise our state taxes to make up for the deficit. Can you guess which states receive the most in federal aid?.. That's right! Generally the red states. Can you guess which states pay most into tax revenues? Answer: The blue states. To citizens of blue states: Please ask your senators and representatives to stop receiving handouts. It makes you look bad when you try to preach about fiscal responsibility. source: http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2011/11/states-federal-taxes-spending-charts-maps
          mikeybyte1
          • 1 Year Ago
          @John Doe
          Bingo. Redistribution of wealth is a bad thing when you look at individual people and social programs, but it's ignored if you look at federal taxes in and out. Many reports show that traditional red/conservative/GOP states take in way more on federal programs than they pay in. You know that if they only got 0.84 per dollar paid then their state taxes would skyrocket and suddenly they would be going green as well since gas would cost as much as it does in California.
          Spec
          • 1 Year Ago
          @John Doe
          Yeah, go ahead and vote those messages down, red staters but the truth is the truth. Try dealing with reality for a change.
          avconsumer2
          • 1 Year Ago
          @John Doe
          Wait... so... you're blaming the states that are taking the most advantage of federally funded programs?! Ffs... that's like hiring the most decadent chef you can find (the current government), then scolding a fat kid for taking the biggest slice of cake after saying "take ANY piece you want! Go on... ANY piece!!"! Oh Californians... I weep for you, I reeally do. You use yourself as a prime example of what NOT to do, and completely ignore it with your voting record.
        Phlegming Liberal
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Jobu
        Uh no, it has to do with a few things that, if you bothered to educate yourself, you'd see the light. But then again folks like you have no interest in knowledge, just Fox. 1) California's stupid prop system - it allows citizens to bypass the legislature, their own elected officials, and vote to spend spend spend. Why bother with electing a government then? It's dumb, and it should be abolished, and let the state government do its job managing the budget. 2) John Doe responded relating to the handouts. Turns out there are more dumb and greedy red states senators than there are dumb and greedy blue state senators, so in terms of appropriations, numerical superiority wins (think committees and sub-committees chairmanships).
        Hello, Brian
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Jobu
        Obviously, you know little about debt rankings or green projects, so maybe instead of commenting, you should be educating yourself.
      luigi.tony
      • 1 Year Ago
      doh! California is FORCING automakers to sell EVs in their state to meet their stupid requirement. And many of these overpriced golf carts are only available in California. i.e. California buys more. But since California is now the least educated state in the Union, no wonder this concept goes over the Californian's heads.
      Eta Carinae
      • 1 Year Ago
      i hope people see the forest through the trees with this study.......there are more richer regions on the west v.s. the east............Beverly hills, orange county, Hollywood are just a few wealthy populous to bring up....
        Rotation
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Eta Carinae
        While I'm sure you are correct about the impact of wealth, there is plenty of wealth on the East Coast. I think a big factor is how in the cities on the east, many of the well-to-do don't drive to work. I also find it odd that you list 3 cities (areas) that are not on this list as examples.
          voitureguy1
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Rotation
          it all depends on what they mean by "greenest." here in los angeles, i see lots of teslas, Priuses, leafs, etc...i also see countless ford raptors, cadillac escalades, hummers, lamborghinis, ferraris, maseratis, etc. in absolute numbers, i'm sure "green" cars are well represented here, we just have lots of other vehicles that offset them...i imagine that's why LA was not on the list.
        William Flesher
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Eta Carinae
        None of the cities you mention are even on this list, Lance. My city, ( #4 Portlandia) is hardly a bastion of great wealth, but it takes environmentalism pretty seriously. It is also fairly compact, like others on the list. Last but not least, we have invested in green power production and infrastructure to support EVs. We see the forest AND the trees quite literally here, which we value pretty highly. I suppose that makes us quite rich in our own way.
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